As a teacher, I think of myself as a continuous learner because my teaching philosophy is based on the belief that art and talent are conceived, executed, and advanced on a “developing continuum.” In addition, my teaching will emphasize the values of experimentation, investigation, multidisciplinary discourse, self-critique and public critique. I will encourage students to utilize different types of materials and textures, be open to modern ideas and classical methods, and to frame their artwork within opportunities in the context of society or community.

As Veronique Vienne (Art Professor, Critic, and author of Confessions of a Closet Situation), stated, as long as we encourage each other to observe, experience, construct, create, manufacture things, whether useful objects or useless situations, we will never become aimless designers and producers. One of my hopes is to place students in this mindset that art requires a process of exploration and self-exposure. One has to be willing to be critiqued and have their viewpoints discussed in open dialogue. I believe this is a healthy approach to achieving a career in fine arts. My job is to facilitate the dialogues and provide the resources that the students may need. Resources may include actually bringing in different types of materials that may be widely unknown to traditional art. It may also include providing guest speakers from artists in the local community as patterns that a student may wish to follow or seek further mentoring. I will also point to the richness of our environment and the materials that are often taken for granted. Furthermore, I will observe the spontaneous reactions of the students and provide further feedback. It is my belief that an art education must be respectful of academic dialogues and discourse, debates, contrasting opinions, perspectives, modern and contemporary views as well as historical events and philosophies. This may be expressed in one-to-one critique sessions and public viewings, or speeches and presentations. I hope to inspire the students to work in the context of a developing line of art with respect to art history, modern society, and other multidisciplinary ideas, or other artists in the art community, whether international or local.

As an artist I practice a variety of media including computer graphics, print, textile, woodwork, and multimedia. I will use a multidisciplinary approach in the classroom and encourage an active participation or discussion of graphic design. I believe the use of subjects outside of art, such as sociology, psychology, philosophy, marketing, and other disciplines are useful in providing more context in the historical aspects of a design. This will also help students to feel more engaged in the class.

I want to encourage my students to learn to overcome limitations in their environment by using materials and social contexts found directly in their environment. Art does not have to be restricted to traditional views or perspectives. Art can also happen in the dialogue and interactions with people in society. In my experience, I have found that there are generally two types of artists: one who operates uniquely within the realm of certain social construct or self-determined concepts, and another that pushes the limits of and tests our society’s well-known values. As an art educator, I will help my students to break away from making art just for the sake of art. I will help them to see that art is a form of liberation from institutional restrictions so that their design will reflect or express the designer’s voice or society’s outcry. One way to do this is to encourage students to observe changes in the community and appreciate space, objects and people that are often taken for granted. Furthermore, I want to impress students of the technical aspects of computer design through the use of Adobe Creative Suite Programs and other multimedia, movie-editing software as helpful tools. But at the same time, I will encourage the conceptual side of art and allow students to be guided by theories and understand the practicality of material resources. Lastly, I want to allow students to experience breaking out of any restrictions through the use of alternative materials or textures.

As a teacher and professional artist, I believe there is more to art than just for the sake of art. Art expresses the feelings of the society in which we are living today. Art is the reflection of our community as a mirror is the reflection of any given moment. Therefore, a student’s opinion and practice in art will be viewed as highly valuable as a reflection or expression of their experiences. Developing the artist in each student will require an environment as I described above. It means that I myself will learn and adapt to the student and each situation. This type of academic challenge will reaffirm a person’s faith in design and art education.