Teaching philosophy and methodology
Much of my pedagogical interest is in rebuilding the connections between written and drawn visual communication skills, however the marks are made. I am also a proponent of extending the proposition of drawing, including light, fiber, and time as potential mark-making instruments.
I bring a balance of technique, theory, and history to my courses. I also stress high quality in craft, believing that the ability to create a highly aesthetic and finely made image or object is important. Deskilled, anti-aesthetic art making is, for me, a conscious decision that cannot be made until one has learned refined craft and skill.
As a practitioner of fine art, design, and craft, and as a professional visual communicator and problem-solver, I welcome a balanced, integrated approach in teaching the three disciplines.
I believe strongly in student curiosity, inquiry, engagement, and responsibility. I particularly encourage students to build very strong written & oral communication and digital media skills. I try to foster a learning space that encourages experimentation balanced with craft, that nurtures more than devastates, and that still provides clear paths of instruction and execution.
Originally trained as a painter and printmaker, Jesse M. Kahn currently employs photography, graphic design, traditional handicrafts, and sculptural techniques to explore Gay male sexuality and concerns over the division between public & private space, freedom of expression, and between personal & national security. Much of his recent work is based in radical Queer theory, particularly the writings of Shannon Winnubst, Sarah Ahmed, and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore.
His research and teaching interests include Gay identity in the history of art, Book Arts, and Typography. He has also taught design & digital photography to urban youth, and guest lectured on art history to college peers.
Education: BA, Earlham College, 1992; MFA, The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, 2006