Rosa Ab­bi­ento

VIS­UAL ARTS & IN­FOR­MA­TION/CON­SUMER DE­SIGN

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From a very early age, it was clear to Rosa Ab­bi­ento that she wanted to be in­volved in a ser­vice-ori­ented field where she could work to help oth­ers in some ca­pac­ity. 17 years of teach­ing has al­lowed her to work with and in­spire young peo­ple. “A typ­i­cal day will see me, the teacher, speak­ing less than the stu­dents. The stu­dents are of­ten on a per­sonal, artis­tic jour­ney where they con­duct re­search, ex­plore vis­ual re­sources and seek in­spi­ra­tion from un­likely places,” she says. Ab­bi­ento tries to bring a sense of op­ti­mism and foster a pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment in the class­room. “I put a lot of energy into dis­pelling the myth that cre­ativ­ity can­not be taught,” she says. “I en­cour­age my stu­dents to see artis­tic prob­lems as op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­no­va­tion. In essence, I try to help them de­velop a sense of "cre­ative con­fi­dence”.”

“I love the point in a course where our class­room be­comes a com­mu­nity; where I see that stu­dents care about their class­mates’ progress as much as their own; where stu­dents hon­estly and con­struc­tively ex­change ideas and sug­ges­tions; where we laugh and com­mis­er­ate about the things that go well and not so well, our tri­umphs and frus­tra­tions,” she says, “It’s the point in time where we

be­come a sort of fam­ily.”

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