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Welcome to the Maker Movement

In one of his most famous speeches, Robert Kennedy spoke for innovators when he said, “There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why…I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”

Like Mr. Kennedy, there have always been humans discontent with things “the way they are.” They have been called different names—inventor, scientist, artist, daydreamer—but they are all united under the burning question of “why not?”

Sculpture student using a Dremel tool to make a hand sculpture.
Sculpture

Today, many people asking that question have found a home in the Maker Movement. Makers imagine new things, experiment, and bring their ideas to life. They often complete this process in the company of others, as Makers recognize the value of sharing ideas and resources. An intentionally broad and inclusive label, anyone, from amateur to professional, is welcome to call themselves a Maker. According to makerfaire.com, Makers are a “growing community of creative and curious people,” and a “wellspring of innovation.” They are immersed in their desire to solve problems, to add beauty to everyday life, and to fashion a better future.

Parkland art student drawing a still life.
Drawing

Parkland’s Fine and Applied Arts Department offers opportunities to participate in the Maker Movement. In this blog post, we highlight our Art Program, where faculty members—all working artists and definitely Makers—lead classes in which students paint, draw, compose photographs, solder metal, mold clay and otherwise transform lifeless materials. Students get hands-on, experiential learning in fully equipped workshops. They receive the space and time to think creatively and communicate visually. Like the Maker Movement, all students are welcome and encouraged to join.

Parkland student soldering in a metals class.
Metalworking & Jewelry

Giertz Gallery Director and Metals instructor Lisa Costello offers her take on the popularity of the Maker Movement, and its connection to Art courses.

“As human beings, we are not only built to be consumers, but we have a strong desire to be sensitive makers,” she said. “A huge part of our brains are geared toward small motor skills, attention to detail and the need for thoughtful creativity and problem solving. We offer classes that meet these needs.

“Some of our students are interested in eventually setting up their own studio, perhaps selling on Etsy or in galleries; some already have a degree and are looking to expand how they understand the world; and some take the classes as an elective to enrich their educational experience. It is a great time to take an art class and feed that creative desire, no matter where it stems from.”

If you’re intrigued and ready to discover how you fit in to the Maker Movement, or if you’re already a proud Maker, you’ll find the materials and support you seek in Parkland’s Art classes. Register at parkland.edu/admissions, or by calling 217/351-2482. The payment deadline is August 18 for classes beginning August 24.

Classes are available in the following subjects:
Metals,  Drawing, Ÿ 3-Dimensional  Design,  2-Dimensional Design, Photography, Ÿ Painting,  Sculpture,  Ceramics

[Kate Ross is the promotions assistant for Fine and Applied Arts.]

Parkland Faculty Top Picks by State Trustees

Parkland students think they are stellar. Parkland’s faculty sing their praises. Now, the state of Illinois’ community college trustees have added their stamp of approval.

The Illinois Community College Trustees Association, or ICCTA, has just selected Math Professor Erin Wilding-Martin as its Outstanding Full-time Faculty Member Award winner for 2015. The ICCTA also selected photography instructor Craig McMonigal to receive its Outstanding Part-time Faculty Member Award. These amazing teachers received their awards June 6 during the ICCTA annual conference.

Our Faculty Professional Development Committee selected Erin and Craig to be Parkland’s 2015 ICCTA Outstanding Faculty winners earlier this spring, which nominated them for statewide selection.

Erin Wilding-Martin
Erin Wilding-Martin

Erin has been praised by her colleagues and students as an exemplary and engaging teacher who is a leader in mathematics education both within Parkland and beyond. For example, one of her students who entered Erin’s course intimidated by mathematics praised her “enthusiasm for teaching, dedication to her students, and innovative program design.”  She said Erin helped her overcome her fear of mathematics and gave her an appreciation for the “value of an active learning environment.”

Erin’s doctoral study in the philosophy of mathematics education in community colleges prepared her for the challenge of leading the algebra/math literacy redesign that Parkland began in 2011. As one colleague summarized it, “the success of this project, which has gained national attention, is largely a result of Dr. Wilding-Martin’s extraordinary efforts on behalf of our students.”

Erin is currently on the Developmental Mathematics Committee of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) and has served on AMATYC’s Research in Mathematics Education for Two-Year Colleges Committee. She has an article published in the Philosophy of Education Society.

Craig McMonigal
Craig McMonigal

 

Craig is a 21-year faculty member who has been praised by colleagues for his commitment to the college, the program, and the students. Described as an integral part of Parkland’s Art and Design program, Craig developed new courses in photography, implemented innovative techniques, and worked to help create the Associate in Applied Science in Photography program.

One Art and Design colleague says Craig is “eager to accept new responsibilities, helping the Art and Design program, and the photography degree within the Communication program, to grow by actively supporting assessment and the development of new curriculum.”  Craig uses humor to keep students engaged and, as one student affirms,  he “was instrumental in making learning about photography— and myself— fun. He is a great teacher; if possible I would choose him for all my classes.” Craig is an active member of the Society for Photographic Education and has served as the Parkland representative on the Illinois Higher Education Art Association.

 

Congratulations, Erin and Craig— Parkland College is proud to have such fine faculty!