Angela Love

Media Arts & Animation

Animation Instructor
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Angela Love

Embrace the time it takes to master something. Angela Love , Animation Instructor , The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

As a child, I was chosen to attend the Tam O'Shanter Saturday morning art classes at the Carnegie Museum—the same program Andy Warhol and Philip Pearlstein attended. I believe that set me on a creative path that led me here.

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

The many professional contacts I’ve made in the local creative community help me seamlessly connect the classroom to the real world. I’ve been able to put my students together with external clients, and that exposure has provided valuable insight.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching, mentoring, and pushing your students beyond their own perceived limits?

My Character and Object Design for Animation class not only teaches students to create a variety of characters, it helps them strengthen their own character. I start by challenging students to choose the grade they want; they then have to earn it through the work they put in. The tenacity it takes to reach their goal shows how much creative fuel they have in their artistic tanks. It’s proven to be a pivotal project—both for those who tackle it and for the ones who shy away from it.

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

Nothing prepares a student better for the real world of teamwork than collaborative projects. They get a chance to work on their soft skills along with their technical skills. They learn to work through their differences, understand the importance of being reliable, support each other, and share knowledge.

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

Tenacity. You have to embrace the time it takes to master something.

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

Accept that it's likely going to take longer than you think to get where you want to go.

Anything else you’d like to share?

It’s a privilege to help students progress through their chosen programs and find their creative paths.