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Visiting artist Sofia Cordova talks about her interdisciplinary, photography driven practice as a Puerto Rican American, artist and musician

Whether I am teaching studio courses or large art history style lectures I am dedicated to providing dynamic arts education and instilling a sense of critical and creative thinking in my students. I am also well versed in working across disciplines and with diverse populations. My approach to... more

Adriaan Gilles. Determination de l’angle facial de Camper/Camper’s Facial Angles; copperplate engraving with original hand coloring from Guerin's Picturesque Dictionary of Natural History; c. 1830

I was really excited to teach this course and introduce potentially new material to my students, but as a woman of color I was also extremely nervous about discussing such a hot-button issue with a predominately white classroom.

Drawing by Nicolas-Henri Jacobe in Traité de l’anatomie de l’homme by Marc-Jean Bourgery, 1839.

Teaching HAVC 100A, Approaches to Visual Studies, was one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences I have had at UCSC. The goal of the course is to introduce students to the wide range of Visual Studies theories and methodologies used to analyze visual material, while also walking them... more

Whether I am teaching studio courses or large art history style lectures I am dedicated to providing dynamic arts education and instilling a sense of critical and creative thinking in my students.

In Spring 2016, I developed and taught the course Activist Art in Mexico, which offered me the opportunity to introduce new pedagogies in the classroom and get unique insights and inspiration from my students’ work. 

 

Working with my students to create podcasts about American art history was an eye-opening experience.

I had an extraordinary experience teaching this course. I was fortunate to have a group of twenty enthusiastic students whose curiosity and commitment to the course exceeded all of my expectations and pushed me as an educator.