Geordie Buxton

General Education

General Education Instructor
The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

Geordie Buxton

Be a true warrior. Geordie Buxton , General Education 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?

As a freshman in college, I entered a poetry contest. Working on my poem helped me discover the magic of words and mental images. That poem didn’t even place that year, but I made first place in every contest every year, graduating as co-editor of the literary magazine. I’ve now published five books, and have more sitting in shoeboxes. I like to place one of my college poems at the front of each book, before the table of contents and prose. Those first poems I wrote will always be immortal to me.

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

In my English class, I incorporate literary research with historical as well as contemporary events around the city. The campus location makes the classroom atmosphere more interesting for the students—and more exciting for me.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

I have a writing assignment based on the movie Stranger than Fiction. The film is extremely literary, yet entertaining. We discuss the movie, which is chock-full of rich themes, character development, and plot twists. Students then write a formal paper based on their choice of the topics we discussed during our critique. This assignment illustrates my approach to teaching English to artists, who tend to be visual and auditory learners.

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

Collaboration is important in any creative endeavor. The more students from other programs are working on the same project, the better the ideas and collective vision for the final product.

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

Balance your true self. Create an atmosphere of discipline to achieve your goals. If you succumb to distractions, you won’t achieve your dreams.