I believe that art is for everyone, that all people have the capacity to create, and this is my job to encourage students to believe this. The teacher is responsible for cultivating, motivation and a master of skills and techniques. As an art teacher I help students feel empowered and energized to create art in and outside the classroom, and to see success in art can exist on a personal level. I want to share the wonderful mysteries of art making and immerse students in historical and contemporary art work.
I believe art serves as one of the best opportunities to challenge traditional assumptions using creative problem solving and that are exploration affords many of this opportunities every day. In my classroom these opportunities would not be overlooked, preparing students with freethinking problem solving skills, resourcefulness and the ability to come to creating solutions. Art extends as an outlet for any emotion, giving students a constructive way to navigate their feelings. In my classroom, with both skills and enthusiasm, students will be able to progress in art making, self discovery and understanding of the visual words around them. Art can serve as one of the best opportunities for a student to grow in many different subjects. It will help in all academic areas and will also include free thinking, solving problems, brainstorming and the ability to come up with creative solutions.
Why did I become a visual art educator?
Art has always been a huge influence in my life. I was not the best at communicating with words, but I was able to talk through my artwork and convey what I needed to say. I felt a huge connection with art. I became a visual art educator because I knew at a young age the importance of creating visual arts it has helped me create who I am and form my own identity. This identity is one I am proud to say I work on every day to The process of developing an idea and seeing that idea come to life by my own hands gave me a sense of accomplishment unequaled in any other educational experience I can ever recall. The lessons I learned through art I find applicable within every other aspect of my life and learning.
What do I believe about visual art education?
I believe that visual art education is a critical part of a student's complete education. I have come to believe through personal experience that the arts teach a student to make decisions, problem-solve and foster creativity. The arts harbor a sense of value and accomplishment. The arts help foster an individual sense of identity, which in turn helps a student, develop as an individual.
What will a student in my class come to experience and learn?
A student in my classroom will encounter a multitude of art media from 2-dimensional to technology. They will participate in the artistic process from an idea's inception to creation through reflection and critique to exhibition. My students will explore the history of art and its impact on the contemporary. They will "learn to say what cannot be said" and have an "experience we can have from no other source" which will enable them to "discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling." The artists that develop in my class will leave with an appreciation of the arts that transcends skills but infuses itself into aspects of their everyday life.
What impact will my class have on the life of my students?
I endeavor to provide a foundation for my students that will help them as they mature as artists and as individuals. Through their experiences as an artist, critic and reflective observer they will learn many lessons that will aid them in their development. It is my belief that through experiences in my class they will come to know the importance of the visual arts in today's society and how it contributes to every aspect of our daily life.
"The aim of art education in the public schools is not to make more professional artists but to teach people to live happier, fuller lives; to extract more out of their experience, whatever that experience may be."