1st Edition

The Mentor-Disciple Relationship in the Visual Arts and Beyond Mentoring as Human Nurturing

By Gaetano A. LaRoche Copyright 2025
    128 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book undertakes a deep examination of mentor and disciple relationships in the development of artists. It draws upon a variety of relationships and models, including an in-person mentor, a mentor or apprentice scenario, and non-physical mentors such as historical figures, in order to investigate their history and philosophy.

    This volume specifically addresses the role of mentoring in the lives of contemporary aspiring artists, asking if and how mentoring can be considered a form of human nurturance. Deep historical inspections and philosophical inquiries are combined with analyses of interviews with contemporary artists ranging from 35 to 101 years old. These holistic insights present the subject of mentoring in the arts from the multiple angles of art history and relevant ideas about the benefits of nurturance and acceptance in human development.

    Using artists’ biographies and discussions of their work, this book sheds light on the role that mentoring has played in their development and can play in contemporary education. It will appeal to artists, art history teachers, educators, art students, and art scholars.

    1. Introduction  2. Characteristics of Mentors  3. Copying as a Way of Discipleship  4. The Method of the Interviews  5. Four Artists on Mentors


    Gaetano A. LaRoche is an Art Teacher, at John C. Schiffer Collaborative School, USA. He holds a PhD in Art and Art Education from Columbia University Teachers College, New York.