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BFA  San Jose State University

MFA Hunter College of the City University of New York

dburgess@peralta.edu

(510)748-2216

College of Alameda, 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway
Alameda, CA 94501

Office and Classroom D316

 

I grew up in California attending public schools. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from San Jose State. I then moved to New York City and attended Hunter College where I received a Master of Fine Arts Degree.

I enjoy being an art teacher. Each class is an adventure. I believe education can be most effective with simplicity—I strive for a clear exchange of ideas.

My vision for the art department is one of creativity, community and commitment. I believe in the profession of art for those who feel a real pull and also the easy going quality of art for everyone. I think that art should be an ever present subject in school  because it is a way for all people to educate themselves of the profound experience of life. Exploring, experimenting, and pursuing ideas is the center of what art is.

 

Many people say that drawing is learning to see. If you want to draw, get a sketchbook and carry it with you. Draw the world around you. Being present and seeing is a beautiful way to start.  I believe that drawing is one of the most essential ways we communicate. Drawing classes should help you find your way with methods that bring life to your ideas. Drawing can immediately help you get yourself grounded. There is something about it that is primary for us — it is a beneficial act.

 

There are as many types of painting as there are people. People create paintings to see, to express, and to wonder about life. With painting people share their interests. Some works of artists have a strong regard for the representational world,  some pursue works of inward feeling. Painting is like poetry or music, an exploration of expressive form. I believe there is room for all forms of expression—for me art embraces the uncontrollable and unexplainable. I laugh thinking that maybe a graduation requirement of college should include one painting.

Here are a few….

Oakland Museum of California
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Berkeley Art Museum
de young Museum and the Legion of Honor
Museum of the African Diaspora
Contemporary Jewish Museum
The Mexican Museum
San Jose Museum of Art

 

 

 

Oxford Art Online–visit our library:    https://alameda.peralta.edu/library/

Dr. Christopher L.C.E. Witcombe’s site:   https://arthistoryresources.net/ARTHLinks.html

Museum of Modern Art New York:  https://www.moma.org/

Artforum:  https://artforum.com/

BBC Arts and Culture online: https://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/0/

Met Media:  https://metmuseum.org/MetMedia

Smarthistory: https://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/

National Gallery of Art Images: https://images.nga.gov/en/page/show_home_page.html

Tate Modern in London:  https://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern

Guggenheim Museum New York:  https://www.guggenheim.org/

Oxford podcasts–You can search throughout the various departments:  https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/

Annenberg Learner: https://www.learner.org/resources/series211.html

Art of the Western World: https://www.learner.org/resources/series1.html

The first obstacle in the writing of a paper is finding the right topic. Second is the process of gathering academic information. Finally, pulling all the pieces together could be considered an art in itself.

Here are some helpful links:

Guidance on Writing an Art History Paper

Hamilton College–Ideas

General Guidelines for a term paper in Drew Burgess’s class

Tips for Writing in North American Colleges