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What’s Your Story: American Artist in Dongguan

The mixture of joy and frustration that artist and art teacher (at QSID) Brittan Aebischer feels when sharing his craft with students must be a universally shared feeling. Despite this, Brittan has persevered in sharing his craft with not only students, but regional artist peers as well.

Originally from Idaho, Brittan graduated from a liberal arts college, which instilled the importance of a well-rounded education in him. Instead of focusing solely on technique, Brittan tries to teach his students “how to be creative and visually problem-solve.” Brittan tells his students that they must try “pushing the boundaries” to create truly interesting and engaging artworks, even if it means not following instructions word for word.

Within his classroom, Brittan is often faced with students who don’t see the importance of art. He engages these students by highlighting specific, practical and relatable applications of art in all industries of the world. He finds that this is useful, as it convinces people that art is a subject worthy of deeper consideration.

Brittan has also built a community of artists by founding the International Shenzhen Artists Forum, which groups China-based international artists together to increase their chances of being in shows and exhibitions. In this group, he has found friends and a support group in the often schedule-demanding art scene.

In this professional world, although Brittan believes the local art valuation system doesn’t align with Western values of art, he’s come to enjoy the stability and concrete goals that the system provides for foreign artists like him.