William "Derek" Rhodarmer

William Rhodarmer

Technology will change, but a structured approach to thinking, creating, and human aesthetics will always apply. William Derek Rhodarmer , Faculty , The Art Institute of Raleigh–Durham, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design

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

When I was 19, and realized I could only be happy if each day brought a new opportunity to make something using my mind and my hands.

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

Having been a beginner at one point myself, I can recall the things that confused or frustrated me. I carefully include these in the classroom in the hope that my students will be able to avoid the same frustrations.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

Many of my classes include a nomenclature learning assignment where students learn the unique language of their discipline, or “terms of art.” This is often the first project, so students won’t be lost when I use those terms.

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

Be adaptable and grasp artistic principles. Technology will change, but a structured approach to thinking, creating, and human aesthetics will always apply.