As an educator of art, specifically New Media, it is my responsibility to ensure that students are equipped with the essential techniques, ideas, critical thinking skills, and perspective they will need in their future careers, whether they pursue careers in commercial or fine-art-related areas. In addition, my general concern is to help prepare them to be stronger, and more critial thinkers. It is essential that they learn to appreciate the relationship between technology and the ideas that help one to design a work of art. Therefore, in addition to teaching technical skills, I supplement the learning process with an emphasis on considering the importance of how and why technology utilized in making artwork must resonate with the content in order to create fine art or more significant commercial success.
As students learn from my presentations, I will learn from them, responding to their questions and comments as they discuss and begin to utilize new concepts on projects of their own. Through this ongoing feedback loop, the mutual body of knowledge gained will thus be much greater and more meaningful. Incorporating insights and ideas from a wider number of perspectives makes any body of knowledge more real, more tangible. To maximize this productive interactive feedback, it is my responsibility to ensure that all students are included and are actively engaged in discussion and innovation.
It is also my intention to ensure that students learn to appreciate and develop the concept of “range” and that of having a range of understanding. The knowledge and skills we study can be applied on vastly differing scales– micro, as in interpersonal communication or chemistry, or macro, as in weather systems or common mechanics. Range can be extended through repetition and metaphor. My belief is that concepts are housed in every individual as "systems of relative parts" which approximate "virtual entities." Students’ degree of comfort and of relative ownership of these ideas can be enhanced by developing an associated library of successfully applied experiences. Working with my students, together we will identify similitude pairs so that a variety of creative, intuitive and formative learning opportunities will be pursued.
Today’s market is increasingly well-informed and sophisticated. Students seeking to compete successfully need more than expert technique. Technology on its own becomes dated, but informed, meaningful ideas have the potential of maintaining value for a greater duration. It is my responsibility to make sure that students develop skillfully and critically, in both of these areas, in order to the optimize their professional abilities as thinkers, and then, only afterwards, as artists.
Here are examples of syllabi for classes that I have either taught or plan on teaching in the future:
• TRANSMISSION: On The Road (A Comprehensive Education Opportunity)