I believe our future as teachers, students, artists, and above all human beings relies on: inclusivity, cooperation, collaboration, and mindful conversations. I am a very intuitive person; both as an artist and as a teacher. I realize that teaching is a two way road. The students have to be willing and open or they will sadly miss out on something that has the potential to bring growth, knowledge, and new perspectives.
I begin a new class by observing the students to see where they are in their own journeys as artists. I use projects to educate, reinforce, and build upon their understanding of art and design. I do this through positive reinforcement, constructive criticism, class discussions and critiques, demonstrations, and lectures.
I do not teach students a particular “style” that they must follow, but I support the growth of their own unique styles. There are an infinite number of ways to answer the same question. If we all approached, answered, and worked in the same way the world would be a very dull and boring place.
I believe that when we come together mindfully, it is our unique diversity that allows for the greatest growth in ourselves, our students, and everyone.