California native Keri Shurtliff holds a Master’s degree in Art History/Humanities, with a specialty in Italian painting of the 14th century. She worked in the art gallery world and was an assistant to an art appraiser in San Francisco, before discovering her love of teaching about ten years ago. Her Survey courses in Western Art, Architecture, Entertainment Interiors, and Interior Design are hugely popular.
Tell us about a favorite class project.
By far, my favorite class project is to accompany a class to one of the local L.A. museums, and have each student complete a Formal Analysis Essay on a work of art viewed. To see the application of the knowledge gained in class is a very rewarding experience. It is fulfilling to watch students recognize concepts, apply terminology, develop a critical eye, and gain a greater appreciation for the arts.
What makes teaching at FIDM special?
I enjoy the freedom and flexibility in the classroom. As well, I enjoy teaching creative individuals who are always providing new insights to works of art and ideas presented in classroom lecture. I also find it very rewarding to open students’ eyes and minds to relevant ideas found in works of art.
Can you describe your teaching philosophy?
Make it fun! Keep it interesting, relevant, applicable, and tangible.
Keri Shurtliff is an Outstanding Faculty Award Winner, an award given by the student body to outstanding faculty members.
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