Teaching with primary sources allows educators to design student-centered learning experiences focused on the development of critical skills and building content knowledge. The City provides a vast array of primary source material to help understand history, culture, and identity. In this course, educators will examine the city of Philadelphia - its layout and geography, architecture, and the art it inspires - as a primary source. Educators will examine primary sources from direct access to sites around the city and local collections, as well as from the digital resources made available by the Library of Congress. Site visits include guided tours of historical and cultural attractions, an architect-led walking tour of significant buildings in the city, and a site visit with a working artist including a hands-on studio activity. Comfortable attire and footwear are suggested for participants in this course, as walking is required, and most sites are outdoors.
Using type specimens, printed ephemera, and design examples from the Library of Congress digital collections, participants will traces histories, narratives, and connections in parallel with our diverse cultural experiences and visual language. We regularly interact with typefaces and designes that were forged thousands of years ago. Over 500 years ago, Johannes Gutenberg's invention of the movable type created an explosion of shared knowledge, history, and visual language that continues to evolve in contemporary culture.
This course will explore meaning and subject matter through type design. Collaborative exercises will encourage participants to think critically and openly about how type and design shape our language and visual culture. Site visits include collections in the Philadelphia region, with guest lectures and an artist studio visit. Content is appropriate to a range of subject areas, from art and design, to history, science and technology.
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