It is important for learners to experience a close educational relationship with professionals. One of the strongest learning models that humans have engaged in is that of Mentor and Apprentice. It remains a far superior model than modern consumer-based instruction with large classes and instructors that have little experience in the professional field they are teaching. Ron’s background as an artist in trade is an asset that colors all departments of his instruction.
Art is a conduit connecting our physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual aspects. When instructing art, like a master and apprentice, we work from process to product. The prompts that apprentices encounter, whether rendered crude or precise, provides layers of context and technique both conscious and subconscious, so that when creativity stirs an original desire, the young artist has many schemas with which to draw from. When those same prompts are historically and culturally relevant the apprentice is viscerally learning about their heritage.