Art Education is an essential part of every child’s education. The skills acquired through art education will benefit children throughout their lives. Children learn more than technical art skills in art class. They learn observation, envisioning, persistence, reflection as well as visual and oral communication skills by participating in the different activities that go into the creative art making process.
My goal as an art educator is to help children develop these essential life skills, while cultivating an appreciation and love for the arts. I use a variety of teaching approaches in order to reach every student in the classroom. In my lessons, I try to find both contemporary and historic artists to use as examples for the art idea or technique students will learn. Students love to learn about what is current in the art world. This knowledge inspires a passion for art making. By incorporating both contemporary and historic artists, I am able to teach art history, while at the same time, help students connect with the modern art world.
Visual art education has the ability to tie-in to other curricular disciplines such as math, science, reading, and history. Art projects naturally couple with group-project-based-learning because of their hands on approach. This method of teaching has been proven to significantly enhance student learning and retention. It is my priority as an art educator to use this process that naturally occurs when creating art, to connect to other subject areas with the goal of enhancing student learning across the curriculum. For students that do not have a passion for art making, this cross curricular approach can help make art education meaningful to them.
My lessons focus on meaningful broad ideas, rather than concentrating on a specific subject matter. When students make art based on a big idea, they think critically about how their work conveys that idea. Students enjoy the flexibility afforded by this teaching approach, which enables them to create more meaningful artwork through an enhanced personal connection. Whether or not their future careers focus on the arts, students will gain an appreciation for the visual arts in my classes, while learning essential skills that will contribute to their future successes in life.