Faculty & Teaching

The College of Wooster Art Museum

Student learning in the CWAM focuses on object-based learning which grounds discussion, contextual research, and writing within the object.

Wooster faculty have a variety of options for using the museum as a site for active learning. These include class tours facilitated by CWAM staff, using permanent collection materials in class, and developing an exhibition as an integral part of a class.

Additionally, the GLCA supported an object-based learning pedagogical resource TEACH VISUAL which is a centralized web repository that shares best practices for object-based learning in a higher education, liberal arts context. TEACH VISUAL was developed by faculty and museum staff at DePauw College, Oberlin College, and The College of Wooster, and contains contributions that focus on collaborative teaching and learning across disciplines. It includes teaching resources such as syllabi, lesson plans, assignments, and other pedagogical tools for object-based learning.

Please note that Wooster faculty can schedule a class tour or collections use outside of regular museum hours. Contact Kitty McManus Zurko, CWAM Director/Curator, to make arrangements. If you need additional information or would like to arrange a group tour, please contact Kitty or call Angie Lamb at 330-263-2388.

How do I set up class tours?

To arrange a facilitated class tour, call or email Kitty to make arrangements. If you would like to have a class meet in the galleries without a tour, please let the CWAM staff know in case there is another scheduled class meeting at the same time. Facilitated class tours are available to Wooster faculty outside of the CWAM's posted hours.

How do I select materials from the collection for teaching?

To use permanent collection materials in a class, call or email Kitty McManus Zurko and describe what you are interested in and your preferred dates for the class visit. CWAM staff will work with you to search the collections, provide suggestions, and facilitate your class visit and collection use in either the galleries or a classroom in Ebert Art Center.

How to do I develop a course-integrated exhibition project?

This type of student learning opportunity is usually planned one or two years in advance. If you have an idea for an exhibition project or questions about how to start the process, contact Kitty to discuss your ideas and interests.