Thursday, September 17, 2015

a new adventure + The Blog Challenge

So, this happened!
As some of you may know, I have been teaching at the Kansas City Art Institute in the Illustration department for the past 5 years. I never imagined that I would go into teaching, nor did I aspire to become a teacher (or holy cow! a professor!). As an alum of KCAI (Illustration, '93), it's such an honor to be teaching here. Most days, I really have to pinch myself because I still can't believe it. This might sound strange, but I've fallen in love with teaching. I thoroughly enjoy working with my students, seeing their work develop and helping them with what they want to achieve. 

This fall, I was asked to step in to the role of Interim Chair of Graphic Design. I'm honored and excited to be in to this position working with students and faculty from Graphic Design. Now that we’re into the fourth week of the semester, it’s been non-stop. Balancing my time between Illustration and Graphic Design hasn’t been easy, but I have made significant adjustments to my schedule so that I am available to students from both departments, when/if they need me. I am teaching 2 classes in Illustration and one class in Graphic Design; I have dedicated office hours for both departments on different days of the week. As you can imagine, it makes for a full week but it's going to be a fun, busy semester.

Considering the fact that I am currently asking my students to blog about their work and their process & progress every week, I thought that I'd take on The Blog Challenge too. As you can see, it's been just over a YEAR since my last post. I'm ashamed to admit it, but it's true. Like many of my students, I'd rather be making than blogging. So, every week - starting with this post - I will be posting an update on what I'm working on, how things are going and what's on the horizon. It's about time!