Teaching art to others has always been fun for me. Regardless of age, there’s always excitement on my end on expanding someone’s knowledge of a certain topic whether its photography, ceramics, painting, or otherwise. In terms of a pedagogy, many instances of educating others revolves around the acknowledge of archaic processes in relation to mass-production. It helps to inform people of the invisible labors and driving consumption-capitalism that goods have and their comparisons to art-made goods. Whether its the large-scale production of ceramic cups versus handmade ones or the ready-to-go paint in tubes versus hand-grinding and processing pigments, there’s a lot to new knowledge absorb in terms of modern day accessibility and individual craft.
Natural Pigments Course
For the length of a year, I taught a class focusing on the processing of natural materials into usable paint. Partnered with the Environmental Science and Policy Management department at UC Berkeley, the course emphasized ideas on environmental conservation, perils of capitalism, and social justice. The course was sponsored by the Student Environmental Resource Center on campus, which gave way to providing students free materials and work spaces during their enrollment in the course.
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