Artist’s Network University Teachers Share Their Thoughts on Teaching

As the community manager at Artist’s Network University (ANU), I’m lucky enough to work with great students & teachers each and every day. Recently, I asked a few of our current teachers to share a little bit about what they love most about teaching art.

I expected the responses to be thoughtful and upbeat, but I was excited to see that they were also inspiring and conveyed (much better than I ever could) exactly what’s so great about learning new painting and drawing techniques online with the variety of courses at ANU!

Our instructors specialize in a wide range of media and subjects, but one thing was evident from all: sharing their love of art with others has fundamentally affected their own work, and their creative life. – Beth Samek, Online Education Manager at Artist’s Network University

Jacqueline Sullivan HeadshotInstructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Q: What do you love most about teaching?
I love seeing “the light come on,” to “see” the joy in a student’s experience when they are “turned on” creatively. It is important to help them build their practical skills with materials, composition, etc., but more important is that they are stimulated to move themselves forward creatively and take advantage of all of the wonderful resources that are available to us today!

Q: What do you love most about your courses at ANU?
To be able to help people grow creatively, from a “distance” is totally awesome! Through my teaching at ANU, I’m reaching people all over the world. I get to have one-on-one experience with people from many countries and cultures. Aesthetics are different in different areas of the world and to experience this cultural phenomenon from my studio chair is amazing. I get to meet so many people that I wouldn’t have been able to meet before. And, of course, the ANU resources are the best. The tech people have been there for my students and the Blackboard system keeps everything organized for me.

Jacqueline’s course, Discovering the Magic of Acrylics, starts July 2nd!

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Sarah Parks HeadshotInstructor: Sarah Parks

Q: What do you love most about teaching?
A: What I love most about teaching is helping students grow and reading about their positive experiences as they go through the course. What is especially gratifying is to hear about their ah-ha moments when they learn a theory or concept that helps them solve a drawing problem that has frustrated or discouraged them.

Q: What do you love most about your courses at ANU?
A: The convenience from working at home is a great advantage. I also like the manageable structure for feedback with students without loosing the tools and framework for authentic interaction. ANU has provided a platform my teaching that reaches across the globe. That is extremely rewarding.

Enroll for Sarah’s drawing courses, Drawing Secrets Revealed, starting July 5th and learn more here.

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Michael Chesley Johnson

Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson

Q: What do you love most about teaching?
A: It is wonderful to see students grow in their skill and understanding. There’s nothing more rewarding, for example, than that “aha!’ moment when a student suddenly understands a key but difficult concept. Also, as students become more experienced, I really enjoy how the teacher/student relationship becomes more collegial, and we start learning from each other.

Q: What do you love most about your courses at ANU?
A: The students come from different parts of the country – sometimes, even from other countries – and it’s a real pleasure to see how these plein air painters interpret their unique landscapes. Also, one aspect of teaching the course online that I had not anticipated is the opportunity to use Photoshop to “tweak” their work to show them exactly what I mean in my critiques! Showing is always so much more helpful than merely telling. Plus, the Blackboard system ANU uses has lots of tools for the students and me to communicate.

Michael’s course, Getting Started in Plein Air, starts July 9th so enroll today!

 

 

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