Dr. MaryAnn Ardiff
General Education Instructor
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
You are what you write. MaryAnn Ardiff , General Education Instructor , The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
In my research and writing classes, I use exhibits at local museums to inspire students to think about art. They first research the artist behind the work to get a better idea of what to expect and what to think about. They then introduce the artist, describe one or more works of art, explain their choices, and share what they think the artist is communicating.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?
When students from all programs research artists and their artwork, it contributes to a pool of information from which all the students can draw. Each program area has its own unique approach to looking at art. Sharing their different perspectives broadens their understanding of the artist, their own creations, and art in general.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
You are what you write.
What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?
Professionalism is key to a successful creative career.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Since writing is an intimate process, I work individually with all students. I create an environment that’s safe and positive so each student can grow as a writer and become more professional in presenting their ideas.