Gazelle Samizay

Digital Photography

Photography Instructor
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division

Gazelle Samizay

Try your best, and have confidence in your voice. Gazelle Samizay , Photography Instructor , The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division

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

I knew I was an artist when I was three, and I always gravitated toward the craft projects in preschool.

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

I teach practices common in the workplace to make sure my students are able to write professionally and express their ideas visually through the art of photography.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

I respect the energy and money students have committed to their education. And students can see that respect in how I hold them to professional standards and encourage them to do their best. I offer individual feedback to help each student improve their work according to their own abilities. I also consistently provide outside learning resources to support their efforts.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?

Student collaboration typically happens in the form of peer feedback. I remind students that their voices and opinions matter—and make a difference to other students.

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

Try your best, and have confidence in your voice.

What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

Don’t give up on yourself, and work your hardest.

Anything else you’d like to share?

It’s important to me that students not only build their creative skills in photography, but also learn critical thinking skills they can apply to their own lives.