Art is a funny thing.  Not in a “Ha ha” sort of way – but the term is so illusive that it almost becomes irrelevant. Some people define it as a technical reproduction of something that exists, some define it as a sensory and emotional experience, while others say it does not even exist.  The question begs to be asked “How does one teach such an illusive subject?”. From a students stand point – art can be one of the most frustrating subjects to study simply because there is no definitive right and wrong.  There are techniques and proper ways of execution, but ultimately, in order to become a successful artist; a student needs to find purpose and inspiration in order to grow on their own.  It is essential to develop the capacity to ambitiously never stop learning.  After all – artists who do not grow from every project die quickly.

The ability to learn is something that is often over looked.  Many students, as well as teachers, jump through hoops but fail to retain the true knowledge that is supposed to be imparted. Understanding the knowledge that needs to be gained, then learning it is a very powerful formula.  Teachers who engage students in a conversation where they discuss and problem solve seem to be more successful in both overall enjoyment of the class as well as creating smarter problem solvers.

My personal art is about introducing people to places and creatures that do not exist in our world.  It is about collaboration, exploration and the experience of being human in an unfamiliar realm. I strive to create compelling imagery with a purpose that helps to bridge the gap from reality to the imagination.  Before every project I give myself a problem to solve, and my art is the process of solving that problem. Above all of these reasons, I enjoy what I do.

Jedd Chevrier
Illustration student, College for Creative Studies
Detroit, MI