Jackie Lo

Jackie Lo

I believe that talent is overrated and that practice, hard work, and experimentation are what lead to success in the classroom and workplace. Jackie Lo , Adjunct Faculty, Design , 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?

I have always been immersed in art for as long as I can remember. As a child, I would check out Bob Ross videos from the library, borrow books on drawing and painting, doodle all over my homework, and take every art elective possible. So there was never a moment that art was not a part of my life.

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?

I tell students about my own background, education, and portfolio to show students how I started, places that I have worked, and what I do today. It gives them a personal perspective to one path as an art student.

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?

Much of my assignments lay the foundation for building a students’ skill set. I believe that talent is overrated and that practice, hard work and experimentation are what lead to success in the classroom and workplace. I do have high expectations of my students and find that they always achieve beyond their original goals.

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

Collaboration is an interpersonal skill, which is essential for a student’s success. It is even a greater achievement when students from different disciplines can utilize each other’s abilities. I encourage students to connect and engage with one another as it is one of the benefits of attending school. The Art Institute fosters art communities, develops connections for networking and expands your horizons.

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?

Take some time as an adult to discover what you want to do. Don’t wait too long before returning to school. When you are ready, come to school with a hunger for knowledge. You learn so much more that way. While you are here in school, take advantage of all the resources, build your portfolio, intern at some companies, and make lasting connections with students and faculty.

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?

“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightening to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.” 

–Chuck Close