Howard Tran, art
Teaching art complements my own art making. Art reflects changing cultures and new developments in science and technology, so the field is rapidly evolving. I continually learn new concepts, materials and tools; I bring these to my classes. While teaching, I learn a great deal from how students challenge ideas and make new discoveries. I enjoy the exchange of ideas that happens in the classroom.
These dynamics lead to self-evaluation of my teaching methods and projects. It is interesting to challenge my own ideas and to find a better pedagogy. Teaching is creative, like making art. It also allows the opportunity to help people. Not everybody is comfortable in an art class. I enjoy helping students build self-confidence and explore their unique creativity.