Each year more and more students drop out of school and large populations of those who remain are disinterested and detached. It has been my experience that lack of interest comes from a lack of understanding and stimulation. This is a problem that can be solved through art. Through art, students, as well as adults, develop important critical thinking skills, speaking skills, reading and writing and vocabulary skills and so on. I believe that through art, truancy and delinquency rates can improve by providing such engaging activities. In the classroom environment I create, my students will not only create artwork but analyse the artwork of others in a constructive and non critical manner; a learning environment that values cultural and social differences, acknowledges divergent learning styles, and supports deep thinking and improved cognition. It is my hope that by creating an environment where children read, analyze and critique art, that these skills will be applied in other scholastic areas, such as public speaking, history, literature, and even science. Art also provides a means of self expression where students can express themselves in a healthy manner. By studying historical works of art, I provide my students an environment where they can explore other cultures and periods of time in a way that promotes tolerance of other peoples while also regarding the individual.
It is important for students to have ownership over their own learning. As such I give my students the opportunity to aid in the development of their curriculum. By providing this opportunity I can provide meaningful teaching in and through the visual arts while making connections to various areas of learning and real life experiences. My mentor, Dr. Pamela Stephens, puts it aptly when she says Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½Finding meaning in artworks throughout history and from diverse traditions affords broad learning opportunities for students from varying social, economic, and cultural backgrounds.Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½ I believe that by teaching art, I encourage my students to continually search for meaning and understanding in the world around them. Art is central to humanity. Humans have always created art and that has given great insight into human nature, regardless of culture or time. With this knowledge, I encourage my students to continue to be creative and questioning life long learners. My plan is to improve the livelihood of my students and cause them to become greater human beings who will in turn encourage future generations.
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I am an art teacher, and have been involved in art in some capacity since I could hold a crayon. I draw, paint, sculpt, make found art pieces, etc. I've had several gallery shows, and do commissions. I love art; it is my life.
Realism, Impressionism, Expressionism, Surrealism, Abstraction, Abstract,
Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Charcoal, Color Pencil, Other,