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Tanya Crane, Professor of the Practice, on Mentorship

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Tanya Crane

What does mentorship mean for an artist?

Mentorship is guidance through a process – it’s about relating and problem solving.

How do you mentor students at SMFA?

Through ideation, I guide students through their thought process by pointing out the potential in metal. I’ll give them examples of artists who use metal and related materials to accomplish ideas within their range. I encourage students to set parameters for their projects. And finally, I encourage students to move beyond their initial solution to push their idea into a well thought out culmination of concept.