Artist, Instructional Designer, Educator, Public Speaker, Former Stand Up Comic…
Dr. Iván Tirado focuses his teaching philosophy on the human experience through Social Learning Theory, and his art through the human figure. A career that began as an artist merged with a passion for teaching that goes beyond creating art. This passion includes others in the creative process, making them active participants and recipients of the cognitive, emotional, physical, and spiritual benefits of art. These benefits of art bring awareness of the learning and healing process that produces a transformational experience.
“The perception of ‘the self’ develops through the interaction and reciprocal influence between personal factors, the environment, and behavior. Conscious and unconscious interpretations of responses from the environment in the form of internal and external experiences affect and influence the individual mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually, based on the capacities and limitations of those personal factors. The perception of “the self” is affirmed by the environment, and validated through behavior towards the environment in the form of agency, influencing, in a reciprocal fashion, the environment. The environment influences the individual, as the individual influences the environment.”
“I am inspired by the fluidity, dynamism, and power of the human body. I experiment with techniques and media that allow me to portray the figure in its balance between vivacity, emotion, strength, and sensibility. I aim to provide each piece with its own soul, a life, and a story to tell on its own.”
Dr. Iván Tirado-Cordero, international contemporary artist and instructional designer, was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico in 1975. Dr. Tirado is adjunct faculty at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT, where he teaches the First Year Seminar on Inquiry Based Learning. He achieved a bachelors’ degree in Humanities in Liberal Arts, a masters in education in Instructional Technology in 2006, and a doctorate in philosophy in education in Instructional Design in 2013.
In September 2010, he had the first opportunity to exhibit his sculptures. A year after his sculptures began reaching from Connecticut and New York to other states, and as far as Argentina, Puerto Rico, France, London, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia. You can find his artwork in the books INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY MASTERS VI (2012), IMPORTANT WORLD ARTISTS (2013), and his collaborative book The Art of Ivan Tirado. Other publications include: Feat of Clay. Interview. Milford Living Magazine. (Fall 2013), Featuring Artist. Milford Arts Council Newsletter. July/August (2013), The Well Written Woman (Blog) (2012), and the New Haven Independent (2014), and The Milford Mirror (2015). His doctoral dissertation is available online and was also published in the International Journal of Strategic Information Technology and Applications.
I believe learning is a transformative experience in which knowledge is shared and each personal experience is intertwined as part of a larger story. I am an educator, instructional designer, and fine artist. I teach with a holistic view of the world but focusing on the specific needs of the learner and their experience. I aim to guide learners to connect and use knowledge in practical ways. Experience motivates theory, and theory substantiates practice as experience supports theory. In my practice, I provide learners with opportunities for sharing knowledge and experience, exploration, experimentation, and discovery, in both individual and collaborative levels.
My teaching experience includes individuals of all ages, children with disabilities, working adults, seniors, and corporate training, individuals from all academic and professional levels, and one emerging common denominator is fear to try new things based on past experiences. I had experience transformations firsthand from my students from fear to eagerness to try new things and also becoming advocates and inspiration for others. As I wrote in my dissertation, “Individuals can develop skills through experience and exposure and become candidates for success in the process, influenced by previous experiences and how they have interpreted achievement and failure in the past.” I provide experiences that improve self-efficacy, which is the perception of skills to achieve a goal, by bridging new concepts to known concepts and experiences, focusing on short-term goals, guidance, feedback, and motivation. Commitment to short-term goals leads to accomplishment, which improves self-efficacy creating a cycle of transformation.
Seeing how knowledge becomes alive is of great motivation and validation for the effort. It is also a learning experience for myself. “Individuals are not just the result of their environment or life circumstances, but rather individuals consciously contribute to their environment or life circumstances to change their environments and themselves.” It is a rewarding experience to see and being part of the transformation, more so when I see my students serving others for the same purpose.