Joined George School in 2009
“At graduation, as the students are walking down the path, I feel extremely proud, as if they were my own children. The smiles and nods from my students make it all worthwhile to me.”
What do you enjoy about teaching at George School?
What I love about teaching ceramics and working with students at George School is that it parallels my passion with clay. To be able to mold and shape a piece of clay is very magical to me. To have the privilege to help shape and influence a student in a positive way gives me that same feeling. I want to be involved in all aspects of my students’ education, something you can only do in this kind of environment.
While providing my students with a well-rounded knowledge of art, I find it is often difficult to explain why a particular piece of art works or doesn’t work. Sometimes it is simply necessary to give a student a “good pot” to hold in order to gain direct experience. Students must learn to observe not only with the mind, but also the hand, the heart, and the soul. I hope to teach my students that knowing the elusive “right answer” is not the ultimate goal of their education. Rather, the goal is learning how to ask questions both of themselves and of others.
More about Amedeo:
A dorm resident in Drayton (junior and senior boys), Amedeo holds a BA and MA from Kean University and an MFA from the University of Delaware. When he is not teaching or working in his studio, he may be touring the countryside on his motorcycle or gardening with his wife Diane.