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The need for the sustainable student.

Dickson, Rachel (2013) The need for the sustainable student. In: Storyville: Exploring narratives of learning and teaching, the 2nd annual HEA Arts and Humanities conference, 2013, Thistle, Brighton, UK. Higher Education Academy. 20 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Can we drop the adjectives, please: The need for the sustainable studentI am an artist, I am an artist, I am an artist. This mantra was given to me at the beginning of my MA in Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art, by my formidable tutor, and glass artist, Tessa Clegg. Two things are significant: I have never forgotten my given label, and I was there to study ceramics, but I had been allocated a glass tutor. What help could she possibly be?I now find myself on the other side. I have become the educator, as well as the artist. I feel a responsibility to my students, to enable and encourage them to be the artist they want, not to attach adjectives of ceramicist, painter, sculptor, craftsman. The adjective determines how they and their work are viewed, where and how it should be seen, and even the material value. I am reluctant to label them, or even myself.Surely, if these students are makers of things, and thinkers of ideas, the integrity of the material and thought should determine the response?

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:engagement, sustainability, art & design, craft, applied art, ceramics
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Art
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
ID Code:26162
Deposited By: Ms Rachel Dickson
Deposited On:28 May 2013 07:23
Last Modified:28 May 2013 07:23

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