Dean of the School of Arts, Communication and Cultural Studies, Frederick University
TEACHING ART AND DESIGN: PROMOTION OF MULTI-CULTURAL AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING THE VISUAL CULTURE
Teaching is mainly a performative act rather than a profession. It is one of the noblest tasks that a man can perform because this is how culture and life are being transmitted from generation to generation. Teaching needs to be creative, exciting, and inspiring.
A good teacher needs to identify the individuality and personality of each student and appraise the uniqueness in each one.
Over the 33 years of my academic career, I have been experimenting with my teaching styles on a regular basis. In fact, I still do experiment since I regard teaching as a performance, which develops with time and progress with humanity. My teaching so far mainly “concerns above all with encouraging the development of personality in every individual, and helping my students to travel the world, participating in its changing seasons.
The presentation “TEACHING ART AND DESIGN: PROMOTION OF MULTI-CULTURAL AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING THE VISUAL CULTURE” showcases a series of students’ work from the Arts and Communication Department of Frederick University, which deal with concepts such as tolerance, diversity, equality and acceptance. These are works which represent the idea of aesthetics into a new category and which redefine beauty as a category that does not belong to motifs, but to our emotional sphere”.
Professor Costas Mantzalos was trained as a visual artist and also specialized in information design in the UK. He then registered for a higher research degree and investigated the survey of post-modern graphic arts in Cyprus.
His first academic post at Frederick Institute of Technology in Nicosia, Cyprus was in 1989, while in 1991 he was appointed as a Head of the Department. Professor Mantzalos has been directly involved with the development of the department and its programmes of study and has had an active and vital role in the accreditation process with ECPU (Evaluation Committee of Private Universities in Cyprus) as well as with various International Quality Assurance Agencies.
He is at present the Dean of the School of Arts, Communication and Cultural Studies at Frederick University. Parallel to his academic career, Costas Mantzalos has been involved in numerous international art and design consultations for Unicef, Hilton Hotels, Coca Cola etc. Since 1996 he is the cofounder of the TWO|FOUR|TWO art group, an art collective with architect Constantinos Kounnis. The TWO|FOUR|TWO art group lives and believes in Art as an evolutionary institution which changes in time and mutates with the passing of time, however, like democracy, remains a supreme power vested in the people and characterized by recognition of equality of opinions and voices.
The TWO|FOUR|TWO collective has been actively involved in the international art scene with shows in Amsterdam, Dortmund, Erlangen, Melbourne and Nicosia, and participations in various art events and festivals in Athens, Berlin, Naples, New Delhi, Frankfurt, and Paris.