April 7, 2009
Giving Back to Pratt
Recently, I gave talks to two classes at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Artist, professor, and friend, Chang Park, invited me to talk to his junior and senior year illustration students. I brought in some original work of mine to show to the students and to explain the processes involved in my work. I tried my best not to bore them with too much technical 'shop talk.' The classes were quite receptive and open to dialogue, and this made my 5 hours at the school quite pleasant.
Chang asked his students to bring in their work so I could do an impromptu crit session for them. It was rather strange for me to be on the 'giving' end of a crit and my memory flashed back to my art school days at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Most, if not all, of the students exhibited a wonderful design sense with their work, along with a very strong sense of individual style. There was a young woman that created illustrations out of needle and thread on pillowy, cotton backing. There was a senior student who wanted to create a well designed booklet, instead of traditional mailers, to hand out to art directors as well as curators to get illustration jobs and gallery shows.
It was wonderful to see the work of these students who are of the 'internet age.' They cull images and ideas from all over the place using the web and it only strengthens and broadens their visual language. When I was at school, the internet was not as ubiquitous as it is today. I could only wish I had access to this much information at my fingertips back then.
All images © Kenichi Hoshine, 2009
In the studio at the Pratt Institute