Tom Maxwell

General Education

Liberal Arts Instructor
The Art Institute of Portland

Thomas Maxwell

Most critical advice: get busy. Make things. Again and again and again. Tom Maxwell , Liberal Arts Instructor , The Art Institute of Portland
What would you say is the defining moment in your life when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

I visited Mt. Rainier in July when I was 12 years old. It was 60° and sunny and there was still about 20 feet of snow. We went skiing in shorts and t-shirts. I was traveling from Arkansas. Snow in July After that, anything seemed possible.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience to provide an industry veteran's sense of the realities / challenges / opportunities of the profession?

Every class is a performance. We learn by doing, again and again and again.

In your opinion, what is the single most important thing you impart to your students to help them succeed in your class and in the real world? Alternatively, what is the most critical advice you would offer any student as he / she embarks on a creative career?

Most important practice—asking questions. Most critical advice—get busy. Make things. Again and again and again. We learn by doing. Get busy and keep going.

Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you, your experience, or your role as a faculty member at The Art Institutes?

I read a lot of books.