Union of Initiatives for Educational Assembly

Events - SoLOoS


Since March 5, a variety of classes and workshops have been held in the rooms of Subject of Learning / Object of Study.
The format and the content of these events have been determined by each of the participants: visiting artists, local artist, UT professors and Austinites. Visitors to the museum are invited to join the workshops, or just play casual witness as they walk through the rooms of the museum.

Saturday March 6, 1-4 PM
Montessori Word Game for Explore UT Day

The Blanton Museum's education department organizes a word game inviting visitors to the museum to write words on the chalkboards. Printed words are strewn throughout the room for visitors to peruse and categorize into the correct part of speech, finally writing the word as decoratively and expressively as they like upon the appropriate Montessori Grammar Symbol.


Sunday March 7, 3:30 PM
Wargame Naptime with artist Lisi Raskin

Brooklyn-based, internationally exhibiting and former WorkSpace artist Lisi
Raskin returns to the Blanton to play her artwork Able Archer '83, a limited
edition LP recording in which Raskin performs various characters, in
addition to all sounds effects, in a narrative based off the 1983 Able
Archer war games. http://awp.diaart.org/raskin/


Thursday, March 11, 12:30 PM
Perspectives: Sam Gosling in conversation with Anna Craycroft

Sam Gosling, UT psychology professor, personality/social psychologist and
author of Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You joins Anna Craycroft for a
conversation in the exhibition.

Saturday, March 13, 2pm
Book club with artist Anna Craycroft

Artist Anna Craycroft leads a special book club discussion for children and
adults on books by Gregory Bateson, Paul Chan, R. Buckminster Fuller, and
Bruno Munari. see bookclub for a course description.

Saturday, March 20, 2pm
Slide Jam

Invited artists have twenty images and five minutes each to introduce their
work. Get to know  twenty-five emerging contemporary artists from Austin and
Virginia Commonwealth University in under two hours.


Tuesday, March 30, 12:30-1:45pm
Marjorie Woods, Professor, department of English
Senior Seminar: student presentation on The Book of Margery Kempe

April 7, 10 - 11am
Judith Jellison, Mary D. Bold Regents Professor of Music and Distinguished Teaching Professor, school of music          
Steel drum session and conversation


Saturday, April 3, 2pm
Free Draw! with artist Jessica Dickinson

Inspired by the time allotted in children’s art class to “drawing whatever
you want!,” artist New York-based artist Jessica Dickinson leads a drawing
workshop for both children and adults. No artistic background necessary for
this exercise in creating freely. Bring anything that can be marked upon to
share, especially those household items that sit waiting for creative
activation. Set them FREE! www.jessicadickinson.com/


Friday, April 9, 3 – 5pm
Lisa Bedore, associate professor, department of communication sciences and disorders
Meeting with graduate students to discuss issues related to bilingualism and language disorders in the context of treatment in schools


Saturday, April 17, 2pm
Workshop: TSBVI Educator Anita Lewis

Anita Lewis, educator at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually
Impaired, leads a workshop on the deaf-blind experience in the classroom.


Tuesday, April 20, 10-10:45am
Marjorie Woods, Professor, department of English
Plan II, Reading and Composition in World Literature class: discussion of Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore

Wednesday, April 21, 1-4 pm
Katie Dawson, Lecturer, Department of Theatre and Dance
Applied Drama/Theatre class
Discussion on interlocking set of practices underpinning drama/theatre applications in various locations


Sunday, April 24, 3pm
Panel Discussion: The Museum as Interface

Aaron Gemill and Rob Seward of Ex Corporation discuss the idea of automated (i.e. robotic) writing, teaching, learning and evaluation. Topics to be discussed from multidisciplinary perspectives include machine learning, encoded reasoning, the role of computers in pedagogical settings, and algorithmic processes at play in the literature of the 20th Century avant-garde. Joining ExCorp will be Maria Esteva, Research Associate/ Data Archivist for the Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas at Austin; Professor Justin Hodgson, Assistant Professor – Department of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Texas at Austin; and Professor Bruce Porter, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin and Head of the Knowledge Systems Research Group.
www.ex-corporation.com/ and www.robotpedagogue.com/


Saturday, May 1, 2pm
Workshop: Apocalypse Cakes founder, Shannon O'Malley

We're doomed! Eat Cake! Austin-based copywriter and founder of Apocalypse
Cakes, Shannon O'Malley presents tips for developing and marketing your
ideas. For O'Malley these ideas tend to involve Apocalypse-themed cakes.


Saturday, May 8, 2 PM
Jill Magid: Autofictions

Artist Jill Magid presents a lecture about autofictions: literary figures, artists and criminals who take on new identities and personas in order to experience the world differently. In keeping with the topic, Austin-based performer Stephen Low will perform Jill Magid. www.jillmagid.com

Saturday, May 15, 2 PM
The Anhoek School

Artist, writer and educator Mary Walling Blackburn brings two classes from her experimental school, The Anhoek School, to the exhibition. “Anhoek School is Dead, Long Live Anhoek School!” is a workshop on building your own school, and "Accidental Pornographies" is a speed lecture exploring an entire semester class on imagery from the Women's Health Movement in 45 minutes. Substitute teachers Katie Anania and Claire Ruud will lead the classes. www.anhoekschool.org

Saturday, June 5, 2 PM
Josef Albers and Werklehre

Allison Myers leads a class on basic principles of design using artist and educator Josef Albers’s Werklehre—design with material—techniques from the Bauhaus and Black Mountain College.  Activities include construction exercises in paper to encourage intuitive understanding and constructive thinking about material and space.

Saturday, June 19, 2 PM
Zen Mediation and Art

Artist Sam Sanford leads a workshop on Zen meditation and offers some remarks on the relationship between meditation and art.  Meditation is a way to practice detaching awareness from the ongoing stream of internal noise to allow new perspectives and insights to emerge from unconscious levels of the mind.


UPCOMING: UOIEA Summer School at the Blanton Museum of Art for Subject of Study / Object of Learning