Wightman was very reflective and methodical in how he approached his teaching. In one of his feedback to his students, Wightman wrote that he believed “to be in art at all is a statement of intent. An intention to try to understand the means by which mankind has and will express itself creativity and add quality not quantity to that creativity expression.” He encouraged his students to find a relationship between “conceptual objectives and visual manifestations” in their works and create objects that had contemporary relevance. These selected documents highlight Wightman’s philosophy and approaches toward art and art education.

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