Art and Design at NECC

[Music] What I love to talk about in my drawing and painting classes, you know here we really
in Northern Essex Community College we really believe in giving students the skills to be
able to recreate what they’re looking at so to draw or paint something representationally
in a convincing way and use shading and perspective and all of these things and then they can
their figuring out how to to really look at things and that’s going to serve them well
no matter what they do. [Music] [Music] You know the students at Northern Essex Community College are you know they’re, they’re really
good makers and this is what I tell people when they ask me about my students like what
you know what are the people like that you work with at your school and and they’re proud
of what they’re making and and I think that is what creates some sort of passion and drive
for them and so I’m trying to you know I’m trying to find that sense of motivation in
them to, you know, propel them forward with their interests. [Music] I didn’t take a picture or use a camera until I was 24 years old. I was a laid off autoworker
in the 1980s so I went to Community College and next thing I knew was that I was at
a bachelor’s degree institution, a four year University. I didn’t even know what a bachelor’s degree
was. I was first generation college student and
I talk about the pathway for success starting out at Community College and and moving on
get their bachelor’s degree to get a master’s degree and get into the workforce. Some students are coming straight out of high
school and figuring out what they want to do next, other students may have had a whole
career a couple of decades working in a field and want to go back to art. I think that you know many students who are
art majors here have you know, struggles with other traditional disciplines they’ve had
success with making things and so it’s powerful motivator and so you know so then I try and
add some reading and writing in too. We have a huge variety of students. Their income level, their exposure to books,
some-many of them are the first in their families to go to college. We also have at Northern Essex students with
many different learning styles we have people who have learning disabilities who often are brilliant. These days is not enough just to know how to write well you also have to know
how to use a camera. You got to work, you got to work hard, you
have to work hard in art. Got to be somewhere in here and then outside
of the classroom too. We have a great track record of helping our
art students get their portfolios together and meet with representatives from four-year
schools that offer BA and BFA degrees and then they can earn some credits here, save
money and then they can transfer on to other schools and we’ve had a lot of success with
that. Our students go on to Mass College of Art,
they go on to Museum School of Fine Arts Boston, they go to Art Institute of Chicago and they
go on to top universities so we all of our faculty have that goal- colleges come to us
to recruit students. We work on presentation skills and getting
up in front of your classmates and expressing your ideas so it’s not just about sitting
in you know you’re your own world and if you can make great stuff that’s great but I want
you to be able to translate it across the different disciplines, be able to express
yourself in different ways besides just through making. I do find that each of those things informs
each other so even those people who are excellent makers will if they are not used to writing
or talking about their work or not comfortable with that it’s still an excellent exercise
that then is able to inform their making and you know help them come along. [Music]

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