Professor MacLelland works and teaches in both traditional and digital mediums, and imparts this knowledge and skill set to his Illustration students.
Professional Title: Assistant Professor of Illustration
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Experimental, Digital, and Entrepreneurial Illustration
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Illustration Department
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Illustration Now; Principles of Illustration; Digital Illustration - Painter; Experimental Illustration; Junior Studio for Illustration; Senior Studio for Illustration
Education: MFA, Visual Studies, The Art Institute of Boston (2008); BFA, Illustration, The Art Institute of Boston (1998)
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I bring to the classroom both passion and respect for my craft, as well as a strong desire a desire to share this with my students. I bring respect for the student’s growth and pursuit of a unique visual voice. My approach to teaching is to be firm, fair, and flexible. Being flexible in the classroom, making room for other voices increases the value of the experience for both the student and the instructor. It’s also my feeling that although setting expectations and sticking to them is crucial to a lesson plan, it is equally important to understand the student perspective and be willing to meet them on their own individual terms. Through one on one instruction each student leaves my classroom with not only imagery they can be proud of, but with tools that are both practical and applicable to a career as a professional Illustrator.
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Renee Kurilla, Illustration BFA ’04, Lead Artist - Fablevision, www.kurillastration.com - “From Art History to Hyper Culture and Figure Drawing to Printmaking, every class I took at Lesley helped shape who I am as an artist.”
Susan LeVan, Department Chair - “The only criterion that matters: Does it work? The only way to get there: Make more work.”