Teaching Philosophy

As both an artist and educator, I value education in the arts. My philosophy of teaching is grounded in my goal to be a lifelong learner acting as a guide in and outside the classroom. Teaching is more than just showing up for class, it is being a role model to the students and being able to challenge them in ways that may be useful to them in other areas of study. Art, I find, is largely about problem solving and teaching art is a way of teaching students to look at problems from different perspectives. Development of problem-solving skills transfers to all fields of study and creates opportunities for success both in and outside the classroom. I want to push my students to become better artists and thinkers. I want to mentor them through their abilities in craft and process and guide them through their pursuits and motivation as artists.

I believe that every student is unique in terms of learning, therefore I provide lectures, visual, and hands on learning so that every student may have an equal opportunity to learn in my classroom. I do my best to understand the various needs of each student. It is important to me that everyone in the class leaves with an equal understanding of the material. I believe the classroom should be a place for instruction and learning as well as a place for dynamic participation in the form of exploration and exchange of ideas. It is my goal to create a learning environment where every student can feel comfortable being themselves without fear of being ridiculed.

It is my role as a professor to make sure students find inspiration and feel at ease in the classroom. I realize each student brings in their own set of influences, skills, and experiences. No matter where those influences come from, they make each student unique as an individual. This combined individuality creates a collective diverse classroom experience. Part of my job as a professor is to seek out the student’s passion and to give each student the support and the confidence needed to develop and explore his or her own identity as an artist. I believe diversity enhances learning and makes for a balanced studio community.

From the first day of class I expect students to be motivated and participate in their own learning. I make this clear and explain that successful students participate in their own learning and that I can guide them as much as possible, but I expect them to stay engaged in the course.

I believe that participation outside the classroom is also important to inspire student success as an artist. I encourage students to attend campus art shows, lectures, and get involved in the campus art community. I feel a responsibility as an educator to show students that learning happens both in and outside the classroom.

As an artist and educator with strong work ethic I stay up to date on the most current technologies in my field and actively show my work in art galleries across the country. I encourage students to develop their own voice and style as an artist by exploring variations in technical skills and conceptual development.