Virtual Campus Art Tour. Margaret Graham, Iowa State University Instructional Technology Center. 2002. VHS. 6 copies available.
Description: This video includes three segments. In the first segment, Eleanor Ostendorf, curator of the Farm House Museum gives a short history of the house both before and after it became a museum, housing artifacts from 1860-1910. She then focuses on one artifact, Thomas Edison’s phonograph of 1897, giving specific information about it and demonstrating how it works. The second segment shows Lynette Pohlman, director of university museums, and three students discussing the 3-step process of visual literacy/object learning, which instructors can use to help students become discerning viewers of everyday or artistic objects. Pohlman demonstrates this “look to learn” process by asking the students questions for each of the steps (describing, interpreting, and evaluating) as they apply to a Styrofoam cup. To close the video, Pohlman takes the viewer with her to the Breaking the Prairie Sod mural by Grant Wood in Parks Library and demonstrates the describing-interpreting-evaluating visual literacy approach to this work of art.
For additional resources to art on the Iowa State University Campus, visit the Digitial Art On Campus Project (DOAC) supported through the University Museums Program.
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