"Fool's haste is no speed".
This saying has been the cornerstone of my approach to both art and
teaching for a long time. I apply this idea in course design by balancing
classical training and conceptual, critical thinking.
Firstly, I expect students to begin with mastering basic techniques,
especially with technically challenging materials such as oil, pastel,
watercolor. The science of art, including color theory, linear
perspective, pictorial composition, spatial concepts and so on is very
important and will be emphasized extensively in my course. I believe that
science of art changes perception of art making from an amateur exercise
into an professional process.
After the basic techniques have been accomplished, students can freely
branch out into more creative and conceptual art work. As an Asian
background artist, I always experience the collision of different
cultures. So, I attempt to guide students to develop themselves without
effect of my personal aesthetics bias. Instead, by encouraging each one to
search for a distinctive individuality, I can best help my students to
realize their full potential.
Beyond mere technique and diversity, I also pay much attention to the
contents and reasons behind studentsí artworks. By opening discussion of
studentsí work, they can realize how effectively their ideas have been
conveyed, and how well they have understood their own intention. This
discussion is also a very good opportunity for me to introduce broad ideas
about art history, culture, politics etc to my students. I encourage
students to understand that visual art practice is a part of a larger
Different students, different art themes require different balance of
above three aspects: some are more conceptual, some are more technical. I
strive to achieve the balance in my teaching for every individual
studentís requirement. According to my previous teaching experience, I
believe that such balance is necessary for all students. It helps them
establish solid foundations for their future art career.
PAINTING & DRAWING