TEACHING PHILOSOPHY 2018
See, Question, Practice
Artistic expression is beneficial to all students and all students are capable of creating and appreciating art. As an instructor in the visual arts my goal is to ensure that students leave my class with vastly greater physical and conceptual skills so they can broadcast their artistic voices to the best of their abilities. Students are asked to observe their world, question what they see, and employ craft while intelligently responding. Comprehension of art histories and cultural histories provides the foundation on which an artist stands. Once these visual landscapes and iconographies are identified and deconstructed students are empowered to use the resulting lexicon to convey ideas in this new context. Each student begins with their own set of abilities, goals, and cultural associations; for this reason it is important that an instructor be prepared to teach the individual rather than the collective whole.
As an educator in the arts I aim to create an environment where students become independent critical thinkers alongside skilled designers. They are encouraged to ask questions and draw as much as they can from their instructor and fellow students so growth will happen comfortably and naturally. Students must be present and participate always. Experience is sometimes what is needed to achieve the next step and by immersing and participating that growth is more likely to happen. The power of downtime and unstructured interaction should not be disregarded; this is often where many great ideas arise. Involvement in the department and greater art community outside of class- time is strongly encouraged; if students are comfortable with instructors and peers they are empowered to approach these individuals for additional guidance and information. Students are urged to come and go to everything, read everything they can get their hands on, watch films often, look at as much art as possible, travel, take risks, and practice.