Black Mountain College Project
 

    

On the steps of Robert E. Lee Hall. Photo courtesy North Carolina State Archives, Black Mountain College Papers, 253.6.  

STUDENT EXPERIENCE IN EXPERIMENTAL EDUCATION IN THE EARLY YEARS
(1933-43)

Section 2: Teachers and Teaching: Outside the Classroom

       

INTRODUCTION TO THE SUNLEY PROJECT AND DOCUMENTS

Description of the Study by Robert Sunley
*   Letter to the Students
*   Guidelines
*   Brief Biographies of
    Contributors

*   Brief Biographies of
    Faculty Mentioned in
    the Memoirs
*

SECTION 1. ROLE OF THE ARTS

    Statement by Robert
    Sunley


The artistic process as
    a major goal.


*   Individual, active
    anticipation was
    fostered but not
    required.

*   Focus on really “seeing”
    and “thinking” for
    oneself, not on the
    production of art.


Self-direction, self-
    discipline, initiative,
    development of the
    whole person....

The arts were diffused
    throughout the
    education ....    

 

Informal Exchanges Between Faculty and Students

Harold Raymond: I found people like Bob Wunsch, John Evarts and Jalowetz very ready to talk informally with non-artists about their fields.

Claude Stoller: I remember sitting at length after a meal with Nate Rosen and others in an examination of the patterns that bubbles take in ice cubes and why. Also many more discussions ranging over a variety of subjects.

Robert Sunley: For example: Bob Wunsch taught drama; in his study he had long bookshelves filed with drama and fiction. His study was generally open for anyone to come in and browse when he was not there, and I recall his responding with animated discussion when I would note some book, read it, and then talk with him about it.

Marian Nacke Teeter: ... the easy exchanges with teachers and students....

Renate Benfey Wilkins: Evening events and everyone (faculty and students) eating together were also important parts of the community. Dancing after dinner was a regular occurrence and faculty and students intermingled without question.

Gisela Kronenberg Herwitz: Of equal importance was the opportunity for faculty and students to relate to each other and build friendships outside the classroom.

Lucian Marquis: The excitement of coming to breakfast and finding your teacher there and continuing a conversation that started the day before in the classroom.

Gisela Kronenberg Herwitz: Both configurations (the physical settings at Blue Ridge and at Lake Eden) made possible easy accessibility between students and faculty for a quick or lengthy informal exchange of ideas as well as getting to know one another as people rather than in the more formal roles as seekers and dispensers of knowledge.

 

SECTION 2. TEACHERS AND TEACHING

Introduction

Formal Aspects of the
Curriculum 

   Class Size 
   Grades    
   Advisors 
   Junior Division  
   Senior Division  
   Graduation

Methods of Teaching
   General

   John Andrew Rice 
   Josef Albers 
   Erwin Straus 
   Robert Wunsch 
   Others


Personalities of Faculty
  
John Rice  
   Josef Albers 
   Robert
Wunsch 
   Heinrich
Jalowetz  
   Others 

Outside the Classroom
   In General  
   The Work Program 
   Visitors -
   Trips 
   Drama 
   Interlude  
   Lectures, Concerts 
   Informal Interchange