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Sally Butler is Associate Professor in Art History in the School of Communication and Arts and Program Director of the Bachelor of Advanced Humanities (Honours). She has been a teacher of art history since 1998 at ANU, QUT, Griffith University and UQ, and has also worked in education and curatorial sections of the Queensland Art Gallery. In 2014, Sally received a UQ Award for Teaching Excellence and in 2018 was made a Senior Fellow of the UK-based Higher Education Academy. Associate Professor Butler is also a freelance curator and arts writer whose principal areas of research are contemporary art, Indigenous arts, cross-culturalism, and visual politics.

Looking at Art is a first year course that introduces students to the discipline of art history and visual communication skills through an active learning program based on rotating lectures with weeks of object-based learning conducted in galleries on and off campus. Multiple frequent assessments in the form of in-class worksheets, 2-phased research assignments, and an online quiz support the active learning structure and keep students focused on key points and applied knowledge. Visitors to this class will see Associate Professor Butler’s management of a large size class and her informal style of lecturing with which she explains complex concepts clearly and concisely. Her use of everyday analogies, humour, and concentration on the process of seeking to relate first year students to complex concepts of art and aesthetics.

The course is taught as a 2 hour lecture rotated fortnightly with 2 hour tutorial/workshops delivered by a team of 6 tutors.

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