January of 2000 I was offered several teaching opportunities
and I have discovered this is the only work I have ever
had to do that is as rewarding as making art myself.
My main goal while teaching is to grow and learn together
with my students. My teaching involves an equal mixture
of preparation, research and improvisation. I teach
combining my intuition of group dynamics and available
technology. I stress fundamental technical and conceptual
skills, survival techniques and expect all students
to break the rules of what I expect out of an assignment.
The "anarchists" are always my best students
and I like arguing with them to ensure creativity.
experience teaching at community college, art school
and at the undergraduate state university level has
forced me to break all my rules about what I thought
teaching should be. The wonderful thing about all this
is that there is no "recipe". If the students
ask for one (as they often do), they realize that they
have to find it themselves. My mission is to show them
how to use the tools, where to find them and how to
appreciate and understand what is “good”
and “bad”. Encouraging creativity and critical
thinking is more important to me than any technical
skill I can teach them. My expectations of student work
change throughout the semester so I am always prepared
to make changes to the syllabi, keeping the semester
goals in mind yet ready for the unexpected.
am a fan student “comraderie” but all critiques
are formal, the work is expected to be ready and in
"show quality" and people are expected to
be able to talk about their work and the work of others.
Of course, there is always that unexpected something,
the “unfinished” and the “broken”
and I await it, -patiently; it is my favorite opportunity
to teach problem-solving skills and crisis management.
I dedicate development time to each and every student
separately at least once every two weeks as it helps
me keep track of their growth and it doesn't allow for
anyone to fall behind as long as they show up.
has been very rewarding to devote time into teaching.
I started almost by chance in my otherwise over-planned
life and I have found great comfort in doing what I
do. And most important to my restless spirit is that
somehow there is always something to teach, and always
something to learn.