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TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

 

Education, particularly higher education, is more than a linear measurement of one’s successful completion of a set of academic objectives. It is an indicator of a desire to improve oneself through a lifelong appreciation and study of intellectual, philosophical, societal, and practical issues. 

 

I instruct my students in the technical and conceptual aspects of Drawing, Figure Drawing, Advanced Drawing, Painting, Art Appreciation, Art History I and II, Introduction to Contemporary Art History, Introduction to Digital Design, 2-D Design, 3-D Design and Sculpture. I strive to instill within students a desire for lifelong learning; a desire that can be taken out of the classroom and integrated throughout one’s life. I take pride in creating a professional relationship with each student and encourage students to discover and develop their own interests with class projects. During class lectures, demonstrations, and critiques, I pose questions as a way of aiding students in realizing their own creative response. Stimulating empowered critical thinking and active discourse. Incorporating and fostering a student’s individuality is vital in demonstrating the depth of possibilities inherent in the study of fine art. 

 

To inspire dialogue and foster creativity, I employ a variety of resources including those that are audible, visual, lingual, and tactile. With introductory courses, I spend ample time teaching the formal elements of art such as line, shape, color and space as well as basic principles of art such as variety, emphasis, unity, and rhythm. With a clear understanding of fundamental art elements, students have the confidence to explore more complicated nuanced creative expressions.  The basic knowledge gained in Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Art History, Digital Design, 2-D and 3-D Foundations also allows the student to participate in personal, technical, and conceptual endeavors. I sincerely believe that introducing students to the tools, concepts, and processes of fine art is vital for creating an open, tolerant, and diverse global society. It is with this philosophy that I practice teaching.

© 2019 Dustin M. Price

2D Design, Project: Ephemeral Connections, Implied Visual Similarities and Texture Study Student Photographs Photoshop CC, Digital Print 16" x 16"