Daniel Driussi

Daniel Driussi

My professional experience drives what I teach to students. Daniel Driussi , Adjunct Faculty , The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University
What would you say is the defining moment in your life when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

From a young age, my grandmother inspired me to create artwork. After finding out that people were actually paid to make art, I decided to pursue art as my career.

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?

My professional experience drives what I teach to students. As an educator my goal is to teach students how to not only do something, but how to do it faster and better.

Is there a class assignment that exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring? Similarly, how does your approach inspire each student to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?

In my character modeling project, I start by showing examples of other professional artist’s character work to inspire students. While they are designing a character for the assignment, I also create one. I find that this helps students understand the process more and they can see the challenges an artist goes through during each stage of creation.

What role does collaboration contribute to students' success, especially when students from other programs contribute to the same project?

Although the majority of my projects are individual assignments, I do have collaborative critiques throughout the quarter.

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?

Students must be excited and motivated about the work they are creating. If a student asks me “is this good enough?” then it is obviously not enough.

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 am an odd one. I like sculpting and painting like most artists, however, I also enjoy blacksmithing and woodworking. This is a far contrast to the 3d digital modeling that I teach in class. When I’m not making things, I also enjoy hunting, fishing and hiking.