Art is experimentation.
I believe that engaging materials and processes are the heart of a successful classroom. Providing students with a tool belt of techniques and a wide range of media gives students the confidence to make bold artistic choices. I want to give students the skills they need to use art as a means to think critically and express themselves. I want to help shape artists who not only make art, but also think and talk about art.
Art is community.
I use art to connect my students to the communities around them. Learning should take place not only in the classroom, but also in the greater school community, museums, community organizations, and through visits with local artists. A strong art education should provide students with the ability to examine their own and other cultures, and to see the world through multiple perspectives.
Art is inquiry.
I foster a classroom environment that places an emphasis on collaboration and the exchange of ideas. As an art teacher I act as a co-learner and mentor, bringing my curiosity and drive to the classroom, while encouraging students to explore their ideas. Projects should stem from student interests and beliefs, and should allow for student choice to give students a sense of ownership and pride for their work. I encourage experimentation and risk taking – I want my students to know that mistakes can lead to great discoveries in art, and the unexpected and unplanned can help students to grow as artists.