Courses Taught: Digital Photography 1 & 2, Graphic Effects, Elementary Art, Advanced Graphic Effects, Advanced Photography
Students in Mr. Thomas Jones' art classes know two things. First, they know that Mr. Jones' classes are some of the most challenging and labor-intensive classes on campus. But students should know that all that hard work will pay off as they acquire highly desired, marketable skills and samples to add to their portfolios.
Mr. Jones mainly critiques his students on their artistic abilities, but he does incorporate small writing assignments, requiring his students to write descriptions or storyboards to go along with their work.
While brainstorming and jotting down ideas can help inspire an artist and help them develop a vision for their work, when it comes time to present that work in a professional manner, revisions should be made to the writing to reflect the situation. "Most times when a student writes something down, they jot it down, think too fast and it does not come across the way they planned," asserts Mr. Jones.
The rapid, subconscious nature of brainstorming mimics the manner in which many students write e-mail. While the speed and efficiency of electronic communication is convenient, that quickness also carries a downside. "Sometimes the computer is too fast," states Mr. Jones, "and sometimes it does not allow that student to think." Students need to slow down and revise their writing in order to represent themselves in a respectful manner.
Students also need to be able to choose the appropriate style and formality for their audience. Mr. Jones has become accustomed to using several different styles of writing in a single day. "You have faculty to write to and the students to write to, and then you have the administration [as well]. So really, you write in several different styles here on campus," says Mr. Jones.