I emphasize an interdisciplinary approach that assumes no boundaries between
research, theory, and practice. The student should leave each class session
or meeting with renewed motivation and a sense of obligation to actively
interrogate the formal and conceptual aspects of his or her creative work.
A curriculum that combines hands-on learning and contextual analysis allows
students to develop transferable conceptual skills that will stay with
them long after the technology becomes obsolete. Both technical proficiency
and methods for idea generation are built upon a scaffold of projects
that progress with increasing complexity. A quick succession of projects
allows the information to be more easily absorbed and engages students
with varying levels of experience. Class time is spent between learning
new skills and critical inquiries into an artist's role as cultural producer.
Introducing contemporary and historical examples of art and media through
screenings, readings, and artist lectures offers inspiration and diverse
models of success.
In my courses, students pursue projects both individually and in collaborative
teams. Group interaction enables students to learn from one another and
presents alternatives to a traditional studio practice. Collaborative
projects also reflect the kinds of experiences students will encounter
after college in professional situations. Strategies for both collaborative
and individual work are outlined and reinforced with early feedback and
followed up with peer- and self-assessments.
A learner-centered pedagogy requires active participation through in-class
discussions, student-led presentations, and a willingness on my part to
adapt a course to reflect current events and student needs. Courses should
be laboratories that allow for discovery through experimentation and failure.
This nurtures students' independence as they advance and define their
creative and scholarly interests. I feel I have succeeded when students
push themselves beyond the requirements of the class to take risks, to
engage in interdisciplinary approaches, and to explore the creation of
hybrid art forms.