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Kristie E. Bruzenak

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Professor

Savannah College of Art and Design
342 Bull Street
Savannah, Georgia 31402
United States

Company Description: The Savannah College of Art and Design exists to prepare talented students for careers in the visual and performing arts, design, the building arts, and the history...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Master of Education
    Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor of Science degree , art education
    Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • Master of Arts , painting program
    Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
17 Total References
Web References
Kristie Bruzenak « Barnstone Studios
barnstonestudios.com, 27 Feb 2009 [cached]
Kristie Bruzenak
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Kristie Bruzenak
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Kristie Bruzenak's role as chair of the new professional education department at the Savannah College of Art and Design marks a return to her roots. "I spent 20-plus years in the public school classroom, teaching everything from kindergarten to middle school, junior high and senior high," she said. "I really loved curriculum design and program design. I think it's as creative a process as anything visual."
Bruzenak earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in art education and a Master of Education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. After teaching for seven years, she attended an in-service day lecture by Myron Barnstone, a Coplay, Pa.-based artist who specializes in classical drawing and design techniques. "After an hour, my jaw was on the floor. He had shown me things I had never heard of before," she said. "I was instantly both angry with my education and skeptical: If what he's saying is true, then why haven't I heard it before?"
Bruzenak was intrigued enough with Barnstone's ideas that she signed up to take classes at his studio and studied with him for a decade, while she also taught full-time and raised her children. "He taught me classical drawing and design systems," she said.
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Bruzenak decided that she enjoyed teaching at the college level, and she also wanted to specialize in a specific visual arts discipline. So she enrolled in the Master of Arts in painting program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. There's an anecdote from her time there that she often shares with her students, she said: A local critic whom all the other students avoided complimented her the first time he visited her studio. "You're a natural draftsman," he told her. "I just chuckled under my breath, because I knew it wasn't natural," she said. "You can teach yourself to do things that aren't natural. They can become natural for you."
It was also as a graduate student that Bruzenak developed a passion for foundation studies. "I could see students struggling to express ideas they didn't have the tools to express," she explained. "I thought if they had a stronger foundation, they would have been able to reach the goals they set for themselves."
When she began interviewing for college teaching positions, she emphasized her background in classical drawing and design. "I wanted to be hired because of who I was, not to try to fit into anyone else's mold," she explained. "[SCAD] was very interested in all of it, and I've been happy here. It's good to see your ideas take shape."
Bruzenak, who will begin her fifth year at SCAD this fall, joined the college as a foundation studies professor. She taught 2-D Design and Color Theory classes, and developed the first online 2-D Design course for SCAD-eLearning. But most of her time was focused on developing and teaching Drawing for Design, a class that focuses on teaching students to draw - and view the world - in design-oriented ways, as if objects are transparent. "The first quarter I was here, I was asked to write a course echoing what I did at Lehigh University," she explained. "It just took off like a rocket and became so in demand that I could teach nothing else."
Bruzenak enjoyed the class and giving it up to chair the professional education program was difficult, she said. "It was not an easy decision, because foundation studies had been a passion for me," she explained. "Getting students off to a very sound start in their careers is something I've been committed to for years."
However, she is striving to provide that same solid foundation for aspiring educators in her new role. And once again, the training involves learning to see the world in a new way. "The coursework is very much about learning through experience and cooperative learning," she said.
Integrative Teaching International - Quotes
integrativeteaching.org, 17 Oct 2013 [cached]
Kristie Bruzenak, Savannah College of Art and Design
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integrativeteaching.org, 23 Sept 2012 [cached]
Kristie Bruzenak Savannah College of Art and Design
GNSI :: Biographies
www.gnsi.science-art.com, 10 June 2014 [cached]
Kristie Bruzenak
Kristie earned her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and studied classical drawing and design systems at The Barnstone Studios. She has been a professor of Foundation Studies at The Savannah College of Art and Design for the last nine year and also teaches in the scientific illustration minor program. She is currently studying with the Society of Botanical Artists learning applying her classical skills in the field of botanical illustration.
Articles « Barnstone Studios
barnstonestudios.com, 27 Feb 2009 [cached]
Kristie Bruzenak
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Kristie Bruzenak's role as chair of the new professional education department at the Savannah College of Art and Design marks a return to her roots. "I spent 20-plus years in the public school classroom, teaching everything from kindergarten to middle school, junior high and senior high," she said. "I really loved curriculum design and program design. I think it's as creative a process as anything visual."
Bruzenak earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in art education and a Master of Education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. After teaching for seven years, she attended an in-service day lecture by Myron Barnstone, a Coplay, Pa.-based artist who specializes in classical drawing and design techniques. "After an hour, my jaw was on the floor. He had shown me things I had never heard of before," she said. "I was instantly both angry with my education and skeptical: If what he's saying is true, then why haven't I heard it before?"
Bruzenak was intrigued enough with Barnstone's ideas that she signed up to take classes at his studio and studied with him for a decade, while she also taught full-time and raised her children. "He taught me classical drawing and design systems," she said.
...
Bruzenak decided that she enjoyed teaching at the college level, and she also wanted to specialize in a specific visual arts discipline. So she enrolled in the Master of Arts in painting program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. There's an anecdote from her time there that she often shares with her students, she said: A local critic whom all the other students avoided complimented her the first time he visited her studio. "You're a natural draftsman," he told her. "I just chuckled under my breath, because I knew it wasn't natural," she said. "You can teach yourself to do things that aren't natural. They can become natural for you."
It was also as a graduate student that Bruzenak developed a passion for foundation studies. "I could see students struggling to express ideas they didn't have the tools to express," she explained. "I thought if they had a stronger foundation, they would have been able to reach the goals they set for themselves."
When she began interviewing for college teaching positions, she emphasized her background in classical drawing and design. "I wanted to be hired because of who I was, not to try to fit into anyone else's mold," she explained. "[SCAD] was very interested in all of it, and I've been happy here. It's good to see your ideas take shape."
Bruzenak, who will begin her fifth year at SCAD this fall, joined the college as a foundation studies professor. She taught 2-D Design and Color Theory classes, and developed the first online 2-D Design course for SCAD-eLearning. But most of her time was focused on developing and teaching Drawing for Design, a class that focuses on teaching students to draw - and view the world - in design-oriented ways, as if objects are transparent. "The first quarter I was here, I was asked to write a course echoing what I did at Lehigh University," she explained. "It just took off like a rocket and became so in demand that I could teach nothing else."
Bruzenak enjoyed the class and giving it up to chair the professional education program was difficult, she said. "It was not an easy decision, because foundation studies had been a passion for me," she explained. "Getting students off to a very sound start in their careers is something I've been committed to for years."
However, she is striving to provide that same solid foundation for aspiring educators in her new role. And once again, the training involves learning to see the world in a new way. "The coursework is very much about learning through experience and cooperative learning," she said.
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