Charl Brew

General

The single most important thing that I impart on my students is that they can do what they are dreaming they can do. Charl Brew , Instructor , The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

As a child, I knew that I wanted to be artist.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

I certainly do weave my professional background into the classroom any possible way that I can. I show stuff that I do, but also videos. And I direct them to websites of other artists and bring in recordings with other artists so that they can get a sense of what’s it like to be a professional.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

All of my classes do, but particularly, my Figure Drawing class. It’s the self-portrait!

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?

Within my own class I do a lot of group work and they have to collaborate with each other. Also, I do a lot of team teaching with the other instructors here.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

The single most important thing that I impart on my students is that they can do what they are dreaming they can do.

What’s your one piece of advice for a student embarking on a creative career?

The critical advice for them would be to meet their deadlines.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I have been teaching for 10 years. I have been told that I’m unique. In those 10 years I’ve become a better teacher. And I’ve also finished my third master’s degree, which has definitely fed into my teaching.