The need for the sustainable student.

Rachel Dickson

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Abstract

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?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
EditorsRachel Dickson
PublisherHigher Education Academy
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013
EventStoryville: Exploring narratives of learning and teaching, the 2nd annual HEA Arts and Humanities conference, 2013 - Thistle, Brighton, UK
Duration: 1 Dec 2013 → …

Conference

ConferenceStoryville: Exploring narratives of learning and teaching, the 2nd annual HEA Arts and Humanities conference, 2013
Period1/12/13 → …

Keywords

  • engagement
  • sustainability
  • art & design
  • craft
  • applied art
  • ceramics

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    Dickson, R. (2013). The need for the sustainable student. In R. Dickson (Ed.), Unknown Host Publication Higher Education Academy.