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Designing an Artistic Learning Experience

Delta College art professor Ben Clore comes from a family of artists and makers that helped guide him toward his passions of ceramics and woodworking.

“With ceramics you could spend your whole life exploring that medium and still not know everything about it,” Ben says. “That is the fun thing for me about it. There is always something to learn.”

Ben Clore working with a student in the ceramics lab

"If I had to describe Delta in one word it would be 'nurturing' – in the way that instructors across campus are here to help and do anything we can to make sure that students succeed."

Ben began to explore and realize his passion for the world of art in junior high and high school, where he was always involved in art programs and theater. After high school, Ben attended a community college in Washington State and then Western Washington University for his bachelor’s. It was the community college however, that resonated with him the most.

“I had a lot of support from the community college,” he says. “Going into teaching, I always thought maybe a community college is where I should go, to give back in some way.”

Ben arrived at Delta shortly after graduating from Michigan State University with a Master’s in Fine Art.

“A community college is where I really wanted to be. The class sizes are smaller so there is more one-on-one communication between instructors and students,” Ben mentions. “And, students get a lot more opportunity to explore who they are as an artist, and develop their artistic voice.”

A Sharing of Ideas

Ben has been at Delta for nearly a decade and primarily teaches ceramics and 3D design classes to Delta students. The beauty of teaching for Ben comes from his interactions with students.

“I get to learn from the students in some ways as well and that is really the beauty of it,” he says. “Teaching is this sharing of ideas between students and professors and I love that. Students come up with really creative ideas and I integrate them into my own work in some ways.”

Today, along with teaching, Ben is also the art program coordinator at Delta where he works to continue to make Delta a great place for students to begin exploring and discovering their passions. 

“Delta is nurturing in the way that instructors support their students and are here to help them and do anything we can to make sure they succeed,” Ben says. “You have a lot of freedom to explore at Delta and opportunities to learn from professors who think outside the box.”

Are you interested in starting a career in art? Delta College is the perfect place to start. Apply now.

Ben Clore

"Teaching is this sharing of ideas between students and professors. I get to learn from the students in some ways as well and that is really the beauty of it."

Ben Clore
  • Assistant Professor of Art