Teaching Digital Art is an ever evolving landscape, and a unique challenge. The individual voice of the student can be lost in the overwhelming technological challenges facing the digital medium, and requires a steadfast approach to learning. Students need to have a balanced systematic and progressive methodical instruction. Although technology changes, the fundamental skills remain the same. Creating art cannot be separated from the mastering of the tools used in process.
The Artist as an individual should value growth and context. I foster a disciplined approach to develop skills and attitudes needed to make Art, and solidify concepts. Once concepts are practiced, the exploration of solutions begins. Unknown risk can expound concepts into a refined work. Reinforcing critical thinking is supported by full-class discussion, peer interaction, and teacher critique. Students identify strengths and weaknesses in their own work through a self-assessment rubric. Additionally, students critique others and contrast appraisals with my own.
I approach each learning experience through aural, visual, tactile, and repetition. The presentation of theoretical concepts and practical examples lectures include various useful topics. Hands-on demonstrations demystify the use of tools and work formation. Mentorship supply students with direct contact while creating work, and are repeated through lectures, demonstration, and continued coaching.
I believe each Artist is both a teacher and a student. Learning from others is not the only goal of academia. Students personal growth should aspire to be self-actualizing, self-correcting, and self-learning. In the Digital Arts medium, this type of personal growth maybe the only way of moving forward and staying current in a rapidly changing landscape.