Be prepared. Be professional. Be ready to work. Mark Emerson , Faculty , The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
I’m very fortunate to be able to produce artwork outside of the classroom that I can share with students. I think it’s helpful for them to see the process that I use.
How would you describe your approach to teaching and mentoring?
I assign a series of projects that build upon each other to encourage students to grow their abilities. By mid-term, in my drawing class in particular, they're able to translate what they're learning into producing their own work.
How do you inspire students to push themselves beyond their perceived limits?
As an example, the window assignments with visual merchandising force students to push themselves creatively in ways that they haven’t before. After completing the assignment, they’re extremely proud to have work they can add to their portfolio
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Be prepared. Be professional. Be ready to work. Be on time. Be better than your competition.