The Role of the Mentor and Disciple Relationship in the Development of Artists
By: Gaetano Antonio LaRoche
Published: 05/22/2013
Uploaded: 12/21/2017
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Pockets: 2013 (May) Teachers College Columbia University Ed.D. Dissertations, Gottesman Libraries Archive, Historical Dissertations
Tags: artists, copying, disciple, Education, Mentor, Painting

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Description/Abstract: The researcher interviewed four contemporary established artists who ranged in age from 35 to 101 years to ascertain if they had developed as artists with the guidance of mentors. The researcher also asked these artists if they: had copied works of art for learning or other purposes, if they had a mentor in their minds, a person from the past in their art to whom they turned in their work, and if they had been a mentor to others. A review of the literature on mentorship, mentorship in the arts, copying in the arts, and the role of adult education established the foundation of this study as did the researcher's own life as an artist and teacher. This study combined interview research with historical analysis and autoethnography as its method. The researcher concluded, based upon the interviews with the artists, that most aspiring artists find guidance in a person they would come to describe as a mentor. The mentoring includes teaching aspects of the discipline and its history as well as being caring and challenging. The study strongly suggests that mentors play a substantial role in the development of artists and that the copying of works of art as a way of learning one's art is prevalent among artists. The researcher suggests how such findings may improve learning and teacher-student interactions at the high school and college level and in adult education by considering teaching as human interaction and nurturance for the development of the next generation.