In order to be an effective teacher, one must put emphasis on experience. My goal as an instructor is to facilitate my students with as many learning opportunities as possible so that they are able to communicate in their own visual language. I am consistently seeking out new channels for learning, sharing and creating art with others in and outside the walls of the studio by always being open to new possibilities. I try to impart that idea to my students by actively taking their studio practice outside the classroom and infusing it in their day to day routine. As a result, they will be actively looking out for the things that inspire them, change their everyday perceptions and challenging themselves to try out innovative ideas for the advancement of their creative development.
I maintain my students' focus on art practice by concentrating on working consistently on a project and being aware of how work that they make is a part of the ongoing dialogue we call 'art.' When creating assignments for my class I think about how the conceptual and technical skills (in a variety of media) necessary to complete the project will benefit the students' artwork, critical thinking and problem solving skills both presently and in the future. Consequently, the same skills and techniques they have grown to use and understand in my classroom will adhere later to their proficiency in understanding symbols, significance of images, and the political, social, historical framework of art. While pairing the aforementioned alongside with investigating, developing, implementing and verbalizing their ideas; my students' will hopefully become active contributors to the ever-changing and ever-growing field of art.
When instructing a drawing or sculpture class, I like teach student ways to look for and augment both their ideas, images and/or sculptural pieces. I implement methods of brainstorming on an idea in their sketchbooks as a way of informing themselves about what steps to take with the next piece. I ask students to formulate questions, research, look at other artists' work, and give one another feedback throughout the entire process of creating the piece. I stress the importance of building basic skills as a necessity in a beginning level course because that is the foundation on what other knowledge will be built upon. By enabling students to be proficient in various materials; such as: multiple media, object making, performance, installation, and stretching their idea of drawing to a new place, I am furthering their knowledge the endless possibilities that they can accomplish with their work for the future.
As a teacher I aim to be rigorous, compassionate, and energetic. Students thrive when they are listened to, valued for what they bring to the classroom and are encouraged to experiment and make necessary mistakes that are so vital to the learning process. I expect high standards and in giving the student the confidence to strive to create outstanding work, and learn to accept and to give constructive criticism.