My teaching philosophy is based on a traditional foundation; however, it includes various aspects of a more contemporary approach to learning. One of the hallmarks of an excellent instructor is to recognize how to adjust to the different learning approaches of students. My teaching methodology has been to use as many different ways that I can in order to connect with the various students, as well as to challenge them to learn as much as they can learn.
Teaching studio art is very different than teaching, say, science or mathematics, in that the scientist and the mathematician usually have exact answers to problems, such as a number. However, teaching visual art relies very importantly on the instructor's wide subjective knowledge in art and culture. A good teacher also relies on teaching experience, strong responsibility, and patience in educating and developing each individual student's natural ability. The effective teacher teaches step by step and leads students from a being unknowledgeable in visual art to knowing the discipline well and being comfortable in the visual art world.
My lectures combine traditional teaching techniques and advanced computer technologies. I adopt different communication strategies to send messages to students so that they can better prepare for the classes. For example, I use handouts, writing on chalkboards or white boards, presentations, demonstrations, gallery and museum visits to communicate with my students. Information about the class and school is very neatly presented in my handouts and syllabus. Furthermore, handouts and references are available on my teaching website, and the school's proprietary online course management software / web-based teaching and learning environment (if the school offers such software, as many do). I also like to show examples of student works, historical and contemporary masterpieces during class so that students can learn about a variety of artistic styles and techniques. In addition, Individual and group critiques are frequently held in class. I also encourage students to learn from their own mistakes as I have learned from mine.
Teaching is a passion of mine. I love to inspire students with my years of experience and knowledge in art. I am confident that I have been a good teacher and have the potential to be even better. I strive to help students to build a solid art foundation and inspire them in their career paths.
TEACHING & PROFESSIONAL
2008 – 2016, Associate Professor, Paducah School of Art and Design, WKCTC (Retired in 2016)
2007 – 2008, Adjunct Instructor and Graduate Teaching Assistant, KCAD
2001 – 2006, Adjunct Instructor, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN (Herron)
- Master of Fine Arts, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI, 2008
- Graduate Courses, Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Ital. 2007
- Master of Arts, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN (U of I), 2006
- Graduate Level Certificate in Photography Research, Chinese People’s University, China 1993
- Certificate in Photography, Photography Correspondence College, China, 1987
- Bachelor of Graphic Design, Hunan Province Art and Craft College, China, 1986
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