I thrive on acquiring knowledge and enjoy sharing, as sharing can be a beneficial tool for one to deliver ideas. I am also fully aware of how much I can also learn/benefit from teaching students. I believe teaching is not a one way transaction of transferring knowledge, but an active process of cultural and intellectual exchange: a mutual learning.
My teaching methodology is to first help students understand this very idea to be part of their creativity and second provide an environment where research will be embodied in their final artwork. Including research in the process of art making is as important as learning for New media artists. Eugenio Tisselli states "My creative work is largely based on programming, the discipline which I have followed since I was ten years old. Programming creatively is a highly experimental activity and is always tightly linked to research, ether formal or informal. So, for me, research has been a significant aspect of my work from the very beginning."
At the beginning of the semester the class will have mixed dynamics, this is due to a wide range of students' skill sets, communication skills, ethnic diversities and age groups. It requires tremendous effort to accommodate and lead them to accomplish academic success. This can be achieved by incorporating both solo and group projects to help them realize that personal achievement can extend into collective achievement. In a collaborative environment, students can encourage each other to bring valuable assets to the class that can be fun and challenging at the same time. Having fun can be a positive ingredient to creativity. It is my job to provide enough structure for students to enhance their communication skills and to share their unique individuality, while not hindering their discovery of collaboration with their colleagues. This can be a hard balance to manage, but I believe with open communication and a narrowing of the teacher and student gap, it is possible. On the technical side, fundamentally the applications themselves are not important, what they do with them is. Each is a tool in the lexicon of the digital medium and in their integration they form a distinct character. Tools on their own cannot convey a powerful message, students must understand the entire vocabulary of digital medium, such as animation, modeling, image editing or basic programming to fully tap their potential.
Along the way of completing one’s final goal, there will be many trials and errors, successes and failures, conflicts and agreements, but it is part of the process, learning to accept the different perspectives of others and to extend our sense of understanding, by working with them. With this very ingredient, we may more richly spice up our lives