André Joel Barbosa

André Joel Barbosa

Creativity without means is a flute that does not play. André Joel Barbosa , Foundations Instructor , The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

When I received a full scholarship to study in New York City.

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

We talk about process and eliminating the fear of starting over. I stress the fact that professionals go back to the drawing table all the time.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

The Grids and Elements project from Foundations Design is a relentless challenge. And although it can be tedious to the uninitiated, it inevitably raises the level of students’ work.

In what way do you inspire students to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?

One endless mantra: “Try, try, try.”

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

Diversity of opinion is always a plus. Our critiques are actually conversations that open up first- year students’ ability to share their thoughts about art.

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

Success is largely a matter of just doing the work. But in building your career, knowing what you like and networking are just as important.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Creativity without means is a flute that does not play.