Joseph Podlesnik

Graphic & Web Design

Associate Professor, Lead Faculty, Art Foundations
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division

Joseph Podlesnik

The online classroom is a kind of visual laboratory. Joseph Podlesnik , Associate Professor, Lead Faculty, Art Foundations , The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division

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

My interest in making art came about as a gradual building of life experiences.

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

I post samples of my design work and photography online for students to look over, along with my bio and website, which includes my photo books and exhibition record. It’s a way for them to become familiar with my work and perhaps inspire them to consider possibilities for their own careers.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

In my drawing, color theory, and design assignments, the online classroom is a kind of visual laboratory where we hash things out, ask questions, work on problems, and make discoveries.

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

Along with learning marketable art skills, I want students to transcend themselves in whatever field they work. Whether they go on to become educators or pursue other areas in the arts, I hope they experience that transcendence through art, while serving others.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I see photography as commenting on perception itself, rather than serving as documentation.