Professional Development & Credit Courses for Teachers
BCAC runs university credit courses mainly for educators – three credits awarded by the International Program for Educators, Buffalo State – SUNY – State University of New York. The courses can optionally be taken for credit or for personal enrichment and pleasure only.
The difference is that non-credit participants are not required to submit the illustrated written assignment required for credit, although many participants choose to do this anyway. When they do so, the assignment is assessed and graded exactly like those submitted for credit.
A BCAC Certificate of Participation is issued to all course participants. Participants include, not just teachers of Art, Social Studies or Literature, but educators across the full spectrum of disciplines and school divisions – High, Middle and Elementary Schools and individuals interested in exploring and developing their creativity.
No obvious artistic, writing ability or previous training is required or needed. The courses are primarily aimed at professional enrichment and expansion in the context of a holistic attitude and approach to education.
We currently have three different credit courses on offer at BCAC; all giving three graduate semester credits awarded by the State University of New York, SUNY Buffalo:
- Embracing the Spirit of Bali While Developing Artistic Creativity and Skills This course is firmly centered on individual studio practice and its theoretical and philosophical underpinnings. There are gallery & museum visits to help participants gain insights into the evolution of contemporary and traditional painting in Bali. Implications and strategies for Art teaching are also considered.
- Embracing the Spirit of Bali Through Creativity and Multiple Perspectives Artistic creativity and meaning are explored both practically and theoretically in the context of South East Asian cultures, especially Balinese culture. Balinese culture, religion, superstitions, economics and politics are considered and compared to other parts of Indonesia, and other countries in the region.
Cailin O'Connor spent seven days at BCAC taking the credit course : Embracing the Spirit of Bali While Developing Artistic Creativity and Skills. The course is accredited by SUNY, Buffalo - State University of New York for three semester degree credits.
Cailin is a mixed-media fiber artist who hails from the USA and teaches visual art at the American International School - Chennai, (AISC) India.
Cailin paints, sculpts both in 3/D and relief, and produces both fine and applied art. She also creates wearable art using a wide variety of fabrics. The main emphasis of the course at BCAC was on color theory and studio practice. She also looked into the impact of European artists who began to settle in Bali as early as the late 19th century, as well the work of contemporary Indonesian (mainly Balinese) and foreign artists.
Cailin's primary aim has been to enrich and extend her skills and knowledge as an artist/educator and to incorporate the experiences gained in Bali into her current work at AISC.
BCAC, Jl. Raya Andong, Peliatan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia