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eaching 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 peda-
gogy. 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.
Howard Tran
Assistant Professor of Art