Seth Eisen - Teaching philosophy
My passion for building artistic communities and a commitment to witnessing the dynamic unfolding of the creative process have significantly informed the evolution of my pedagogical approach for 20 plus years as an educator. My teaching style is steeped in a life-long study of art and social histories, improvisation, earth-based ritual and contemplative practice.
My work as an educator is focused on cross-disciplinary investigations--teaching a hybrid of contemporary mediums and methodologies--from performance, movement and site-specific installation to found-object assemblage, puppetry, multi-media, digital arts, book arts, creative writing and traditional visual arts. My aim in working with students is to incite dialogue and create a community of diverse perspectives, finding deeper meaning and critical approaches to our work as artists and engaged citizens.
I teach two branches of activism—socially engaged relational art in service of the community (social sculpture) and creative projects that work towards the expansion of the collective imagination through image making. I create supportive educational environments geared to diverse styles of learning. The artists I work with develop professional art practices and learn strategies and systems to support the sustained actualization of their projects. The work encourages a return to one’s intuitive wisdom and instincts as a central source for artistic investigation, inspiration and healing. I cultivate opportunities to take creative risks by releasing inhibitions and redirecting internalized criticism, supporting incremental and radical shifts in self-directed educational goals.