Why teach art?

“We cannot teach people anything, we can only help them discover it within themselves” –Galileo
VISION: To teach, serve, nurture and develop students understand and passion for art.

Why I do what I do.
·         To teach kids art. Simple as it may be, sometimes this is forgotten.
·         I want students to become passionate about something, to create things that they never thought possible and to ignite their future.
·         Create better young people.  Young people who are responsible, caring, creative, encouraging and work for a cause rather than applause.
·         To work with students who otherwise might not have a chance at doing well in a class or in life.
·         To create and maintain healthy relationships with these young lives that will affect them for the rest of their lives. 
·         To get students involved in their community.
·         To use interdisciplinary lessons, working with other teachers and classes to expand learning boundaries.
·         To use art as an outlet and a means of communication.
·         It’s fun.

The art of teaching.
As an art educator I get the opportunity to work with all kinds of students with all sorts of backgrounds.  I get to serve, teach and care for these students by developing their artistic skills.  Standards are an important boundary to use within the classroom, but getting a good art education shouldn’t be focused solely around them.  I want to create a classroom full of young people who look forward to learning about art, the history of art, different techniques and finding new ways of expressing themselves.  I want to broaden their concept of what art is and expose them to different art forms and techniques.  Teaching respect, responsibility and relationships is also a very important part of being an art teacher.  Without these boundaries, students do not feel comfortable in their classroom.  When they aren’t comfortable, no learning takes place.  I want to provide a creative learning environment that students feel comfortable in and will thrive in. 

Art is important.
·         It helps students with the cognitive learning process as well as critical thinking and problem solving skills.
·         For some students, art can prove to be very motivational and something in which they can look forward to succeeding in. 
·         Art teaches multiculturalism and history and can be used in other subjects.  It teaches students to work collaboratively.
·         Art is good for overall academic achievement.
·         Art is a safe way for students to express themselves.
·         Art strengthens communication, explorations and imagination.
·         Art develops self-confidence and persistence. 
·         Art not only helps students intellectually it helps them socially by strengthening their confidence as well as their ability to work with other students. 
·         It teaches students how to learn from the world around them and see beauty in uncommon places.
·         Art provides fulfillment in what they have produced and aides in lifelong participation in the arts.
·         It teaches students how to appreciate the many forms, techniques and styles of art.
·         It helps students express themselves and cultivates freedom of expression.
·         There are often no right or wrong answers in art and this helps student’s gain perspective on value and self-evaluation.
·         Art can often be non-verbal communication and can prove to be therapeutic for many.

·         Effort/Participation/Attitude
o   Does the student put forth effort and work hard during class time?
o   Do they participate in class discussions and help their peers?
o   Do they have a positive and respectful attitude in class towards their peers as well as their teachers?
·         Quality of work
o   Do they take the time to finish the project or do they rush through?
o   Do they follow directions?
o   Do they take care of their final projects?
o   Do they respect the classroom and other students work?
o   Is their work neat or sloppy?
·         Knowledge of tools and media that is being covered.
o   Does the student understand the basic concepts being covered?
o   Do they know what the different tools are used for?
·         Skill level
o   Are they using the skills appropriate for the specific class?
o   Are they performing below or above their projected skill level?
·         Care and use of materials
o   Does the student take care of their own work?
o   Do they respect the classroom and materials?
o   Do they respect other students space and artwork?
·         Self-evaluation/peer-evaluation
o   Is the student able to effectively analyze their own work?
o   Are they able to effectively analyze art from their peers?

Grading scales will vary from class to class.

Classes that I have taught and/or feel comfortable teaching or would love to teach:

Drawing and Painting 1
Advanced Drawing and painting
Collage and Assemblage
Ceramics I
Ceramics II
Advanced Art Studio/Senior seminar
Book arts
Environmental Art
Design and surface design
Photography I
Photography II
Fiber art
Murals and Street art
Graphic art


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