Black Mountain College Project
 

Don Page reading at Blue Ridge campus. Photo courtesy North Carolina State Archives, Black Mountain College Papers, 109.7 

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 ....    

 

Interlude

Mary Brett Daniels: A community response to this build up of intensity was that an "interval" would be declared. I never understood what amorphous authority decided to declare an interval, but classes and the work program would suddenly be suspended for three days. It was understood – again by custom, not by rule – that people would do something of their own devising, perhaps creative, perhaps climb the ridge.... At the end of the interval there was a community gathering. People who wanted to could tell about what they did – funny, absurd, serious, candid, not – I believe – particularly self-conscious.

Will Hamlin: Each term there was a weeklong "Interlude," its dates decided by the faculty on the basis of their estimate of campus morale, and announced at breakfast the day it began ... the interlude was to "paint the painting or write the poem or read the book you've not found time for."

 

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