This site provides an overview of my work as an artist, educator, author, administrator and consultant. Each of the links opens an extensive page on a specific topic.
Student work examples represent over thirty years of teaching, and I have not yet been able to reach each artist regarding image use on this site. If you are one of my former students or know one of my former students whose work appears here, please contact me. I would love to hear from you and want to update permissions for use of every image.
Visual epistemology is my primary interest. Expressing a personal vision requires perception, creativity, cognition, and composition. Epistemology (the study of knowledge) connects philosophy, psychology and religion.
Foundational courses in drawing, design and art theory are my primary commitment. A background in printmaking (relief, lithography and intaglio) provides a basis for additional coursework, especially visual books. I also teach intensive workshops in creativity, time design, concept development and visual narrative and courses in curriculum design and pedagogy.
My most important publication to date is Launching the Imagination: A Comprehensive Guide to Basic Design. First published in three versions by McGraw-Hill in 2002, this textbook is designed to provide first-year students with the best possible foundation for their careers as artists and designers in the 21st century. The fourth edition is due out in spring 2011.
As Director of the Florida State University Foundations program, I oversee up to seventy class sections each year. For details on this program, go to sample curriculum.
My consulting work focuses on Foundations Program curriculum development and implementation, Foundations pedagogy, creativity and visual narrative. Fees range from $500 to $1000 a day, depending on the number and complexity of the workshops and lectures scheduled.
Mary Stewart email address: firstname.lastname@example.org