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Dr Ruth Cereceda

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My field of specialisation includes the visual arts and in modern and contemporary Europe, with an interest on post-war proposals, abstract and conceptual art and landscape representation. My research has developed in two main streams: on the one had, it deals with pictorial recreations and reinterpretations of landscape and maritime elements, and on the other, I am passionate about pedagogical development in the arts, and am currently developing tools and techniques for teaching transferable skills through experiential education.

By taking ARTH116/117 students will discover how art and architecture have contributed to, reflected, and shaped issues and ideals of western society throughout history. The students will develop transferrable skills such as close reading and visual thinking skills by learning how to look at, read, write, discuss and think critically about artistic matters. They will benefit from off-site experiential learning, expanding their academic experience beyond the classroom and beyond traditional learning

My favourite ELOs to date have been visits to the Greek and Roman sculpture galleries in the British Museum in London, and to the Roman Baths in Bath, Somerset. The objective of this combined activity was to appreciate the realism or lack of key examples of Greek and Roman sculpture, to gather enough information to critically engage with the Elgin Marbles controversy, and to experience a Roman archeological site, via in situ observation and reflection. As learning objectives, this activity focused on observing, analysing, interpreting, systematizing and evaluating works of art of the proposed style and period, situating them in their cultural, temporal and spatial contexts; recognizing and characterizing the most important examples of Greek and Roman art, placing them in time and space; reflecting on interpretive issues and developing an understanding of experiential learning and its role in the creation of new knowledge while also acquiring transferrable skills.

Teaching at the Castle benefits greatly from the flexibility that the small size classes permit, so I can make the most of lectures, and seminar discussions in particular. Also, I get to know my students really well, and vice versa, which impacts significantly the students' learning experience. Also, the small number of students makes it possible for me to organise regular off-site learning activities where students can experience primary sources first hand.

  • La trayectoria artística de Eduardo Sanz. Catálogo razonado y estudio de su obra (Eduardo Sanz’s artistic trajectory. Catalogue raisonné and study of his work), Faro Cabo Mayor Museum and Government of Cantabria, Spain (monograph in publication.)
  • “Tradición, exilio y vanguardia: los años formativos de Eduardo Sanz” (Tradition, exhile and avant-garde: Eduardo Sanz’s formative years), XXI Congreso CEHA Congreso Nacional de Historia del Arte, Santander, Spain, 20-23 Sept. 2016.
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