Media Arts & Animation
Media Arts & Animation Instructor
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division
Listen to the client's concerns and critiques, and be willing to make changes. They're paying the bills. John Goldsack , Media Arts & Animation 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've enjoyed drawing and various forms of arts since elementary school. It wasn't till college that I got direction—and words of encouragement—from instructors, and really learned my craft. I've always tried to do the same for my own students.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
I share what it’s like to work in the industry through stories tailored to each class and assignment. I post examples and try to explain how the current assignment they’re working on applies to the industry, and I show them examples from professionals using the same methods.
In what way do you inspire students to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?
I try to inspire students through my commentary and critiques. I’ve made a few guides and tutorials for certain assignments to help as well.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
I share as much insight as I can about the realities of working in the art industry.
What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?
Listen to the client’s concerns and critiques, and be willing to make changes. They’re paying the bills.