Michael Stone

Graphic & Web Design

Visual Arts Instructor
The Art Institute of Houston

Michael Stone

Find out what you're passionate about and push yourself beyond your own perceived limits. Michael Stone , Visual Arts Instructor , The Art Institute of Houston

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

Everyone learns differently. In order for students to grow, there must be a level of open mindedness about research. Trying new assignments and testing unfamiliar approaches to teaching gets students asking questions. And from my experience, that’s what makes teaching enjoyable. My philosophy of education in the arts is based on foundations, facilitating an environment for self-exploration, providing artistic and cultural awareness, and advancing a dialogue between students and teachers.

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

A successful dialogue among teachers and students moves us beyond preconceived ideas about success and failure, allowing us to redefine them for ourselves.

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

Find out what you’re passionate about and push yourself beyond your own perceived limits.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I enjoy the opportunity to work closely with students from a wide range of backgrounds and programs, and I appreciate the comradery among students and teachers.