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Lowenfeld was a psychologist, who had studied art and at Hampton, he taught art education.He believed in John Dewey's theory defining "art as experience," along with a methodological hands-off approach to teaching which usually centered on discussions and showing slides of various masterpieces of art history.He encouraged their creativity by taking them to the Virginia Museum.His approach was unorthodox, "He started off with arm exercises to facilitate the kind of images we wanted portray…Lowenfeld knew a lot of Bauhaus artists.
"I told Lowenfeld
off everyday," she
remembered laughing."Victor Lowenfeld
was one of the most outstanding teachers, but I didn't acquiesce to everything he
allowed me to be a combatant."Therefore, their relationship was one of mutual respect and caring.Being highly anti-establishment and a rebel, she
admits that "coming to Hampton saved my life."She
undergraduate education at Hampton with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1945.
heard about her
troubles.He immediately found her a position at the University of the State of New York in Plattsburg where she taught art history and humanities from 1958-1968.
In 1962 she
received a Fulbright Fellowship to study Asian culture at the First Institute of Chinese Civilization
and Tung Mai University
in Taiwan.From 1964-1965, she was a National Defense Education Act post-doctoral fellow at the University of Southern California studying Chinese language and Asian civilization.
Receiving a New York State Ford Foundation Grant in 1965, she
participated in seminars at New York University
, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
, the Freer Gallery
of Asian Art and Harvard University studying Asian and Chinese culture.