Art Foundations Instructor
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division
Be resourceful. Rachael Gorchov , Art Foundations 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 always made art. I remember, as a small child, looking with wonder at the line that appears when crayon touches paper.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
I discuss my professional experience to help students find the purpose behind class assignments. We discuss the importance of writing skills in creative professions, how attention to presentation has helped my work, and how art informs commercially-oriented fields.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
In my Color Theory class, I have students visit the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum website and choose a piece of an artwork to respond to. It’s about looking outside of themselves for source material, and understanding the larger creative context.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?
In my classes, collaboration takes the form of classroom discussion where students share their own viewpoints and contribute to a better overall understanding of the material.
What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?
Be resourceful. Your formal education helps to start your career, but you have to keep learning if you want to build a career. One aspect of that is asking questions of professionals in your field.