Professor Colleen Muscha of the Florida State University MFA Costume Design Program, will be featured in a collection of essays titled Inspired Teaching, which releases on March 22, 2013. Her chapter, Strategies for Teaching Costume Rendering to the Beginning Student, will focus on the specific techniques for teaching costume design and is in conjunction with the United States Institute for Theatre Technology annual conference in Milwaukee, WI.
“Most of the educational tradition in the fine arts has developed out of the apprenticeship-mentor model of preparing the next generation of artist. Those of us who teach theatre technology and design students do not have dedicated pedagogy textbooks for our areas of the theater discipline. This collection of essays tries to fill that gap by exploring specific pedagogical techniques and educational philosophies. Even experienced educators in theatre technology and design may benefit from comparing their teaching methods to those of their colleagues, to have their confidence in successful strategies confirmed and to consider fresh new ideas that may enhance their established teaching repertoire. While each chapter focuses on a primary area of theatre technology and design, the authors shared insights that may inform both their individual area of expertise and the wider realm theatre production education. Professor Muscha’s chapter, for example, features drawing techniques for teaching costume designers, but the strategies she suggests can be used by scenic designers and can help colleagues from other theatre specialties areas appreciate what goes into educating costume design students.” – Erik Viker, Editor in Chief, Inspired Teaching.