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Dana Scott is a multi-disciplinary artist working in the Philadelphia area. Her work is about observation, discovery, and detail. It is inspired by natural form and pattern, and the beauty within simplicity. She received a Masters degree from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and a Bachelors Degree from Rhode… Read More
Dana Scott is a multi-disciplinary artist working in the Philadelphia area. Her work is about observation, discovery, and detail. It is inspired by natural form and pattern, and the beauty within simplicity. She received a Masters degree from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and a Bachelors Degree from Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, and been the recipient of numerous awards including a University Fellowship from Temple University and a Fulbright Fellowship to the Czech Republic.

Her teaching history includes Delaware Valley College, University of the Arts, Bergen County Community College, and Tyler School of Art. She currently teaches in the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce at Philadelphia University. Dana lives with her husband and 2 sons in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Read Less
  • Assistant Professor, School of Design and Engineering
    Philadelphia University — Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce
    Philadelphia University — Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Professor of Design Foundations, Adjunct
    Philadelphia University — Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Professor, Adjunct
    Delaware Valley College — Doylestown, PA, USA
  • Faculty
    University of the Arts — Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Professor, Adjunct
    Bergen County Community College — Paramus, NJ, USA
  • Visiting Artist
    Manhattonville College — Purchase, NY, USA
  • Fulbright Fellow
    Academy of Art, Architecture and Design — Czech Republic
  • Faculty
    Tyler School of Art, Temple University — Elkins Park, PA, USA
  • Faculty
    Tyler School of Art, Temple University — Elkins Park, PA, USA
  • Faculty
    Urban Glass Studio — Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Assistant Faculty
    Urban Glass Studios — Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Resident Artist
    New Orleans School of Glassworks — New Orleans, LA, USA
  • Teaching Assistant
    Rhode Island School of Design — Providence, RI, USA
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My work is inspired by natural form and pattern, whether created through time, by man, or in combination. It is about the discovery of beauty within simplicity, and the awareness of detail. The work can be both representational, as well as a re-presented variant of its inspiration. It is a translation based in aes… Read More
My work is inspired by natural form and pattern, whether created through time, by man, or in combination. It is about the discovery of beauty within simplicity, and the awareness of detail. The work can be both representational, as well as a re-presented variant of its inspiration. It is a translation based in aesthetics, exploration and composition. The medium is specific to the needs of the project. Read Less
My approach to teaching art and design is grounded in fostering students’ creativity and interest in discovery. The creation of art is personal and individual. As an instructor, I guide students by giving them the tools they need to facilitate learning. Students are given the opportunity to look into their sur… Read More
My approach to teaching art and design is grounded in fostering students’ creativity and interest in discovery. The creation of art is personal and individual. As an instructor, I guide students by giving them the tools they need to facilitate learning. Students are given the opportunity to look into their surrounding environment, embrace their inspirations, and translate them into compelling work.

One of the most critical aspects of my teaching style is developing and maintaining an interest in the student as an individual. Students come from a variety of backgrounds and have different learning styles. It is important to understand these differences and offer a variety of resources that motivate students to explore their unique potential. As a teacher, I create an environment where students have the opportunity to be better than they ever thought they could be. I do this by presenting challenging assignments that require students to stretch and grow, while balancing encouragement with criticism to help students achieve their goals. I teach students how to articulate what they see in a work of art, and show them how their own work is perceived by others.

As students begin their art curriculum, I provide them with the basic tools to understand visual language, and create a platform where they develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. Through experimentation and formal exercises, I challenge students to investigate their strengths and improve upon their weaknesses. Every problem presents an opportunity to learn. My goal is to help students master techniques while exploring ideas. Understanding the formal elements of visual language is the base on which to develop conceptual ideas. Thus, I engage them in a learning process that is both experiential and intuitive.

I introduce students to projects that focus on detail, and expand their understanding of materials and techniques. Each project begins with research as an integral component of the studio process. Students explore historic and contemporary art movements, science, design, technology, and the world around them. Within their sketchbooks, they build a visual relationship between their research, influences, and project ideas. By offering projects that allow several solutions to one problem, I encourage students to consider the representational as well as the abstract, through both common and unconventional mediums. I introduce a variety of materials and techniques and encourage students to be innovative, yet intentional with the materials that they are using.

As my students grow and develop, they learn new techniques, and master familiar ones. The balance between craft and concept shifts slightly towards developing a proficiency with materials, while still continuing to explore new ideas. After gaining competencies with materials, students can begin to re-focus on conceptual thinking. In continuing to research multiple solution options to their projects, students are able to analyze their findings, identify weaknesses, and strengthen their concepts. The fortification of craft and conceptual thinking allows for more focused guidance on personal growth, and how the students as artists and designers are represented through their work.

I encourage all students to continue to push their boundaries, work beyond their level of comfort, explore, innovate and experiment. I teach them to engage in analysis, reflection, and problem identification, allowing them to focus on their strengths and to develop and grow as artists. Read Less
Member Since: Nov 27, 2012