TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is devoted to student education. Our coverage includes articles on Authors, Music, Science, the Arts , Cinema, and more. We are fortunate to be able to present Professor Todd Messegee to all those students who utilize our magazine as a learning tool to guide them in their choice of careers.
Todd, your work and skills encompass most of the fields in liberal arts, and you teach these to students at the Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please tell our student readers about the education that you undertook to achieve your skills, and the schools that you attended for it.
TM- First off let me state for the record that I was not a good student in Junior High or High School! I tried to do the best I could but the standard method of lecture style teaching has never worked for me. Independently, I started reading books about artists and writers when I was about 13 years old. That information was much more interesting to me than the curriculum that I was supposed to be studying. Despite my rather average grades and respectable but not outstanding SAT’s I got into a nice Art School. I spent a year working on a photography and drawing portfolio when I finished High School and was accepted into the Photography program at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design). It wasn’t until I was there at RISD that I really learned how to learn. Everyone has their own strengths when it comes to taking in information and mine is all visual. If I can attach a visual image to a piece of information, I’ll remember it. This comes in very handy as a visual artist but it made it impossible to become skilled at math since I couldn’t generate any images that went with the formulas, at least not any positive images! (more…)