In every culture the arts reflect the finest achievement of the human spirit and are a means by which a culture is defined, measured and recorded. Not only do the visual arts leave a vivid and compelling record of civilization, the visual arts also provide an outlet for human creativity and self-expression, enabling people of all ages to express their thoughts and feelings in a unique and personal way.
The study of art is important because it teaches us to observe and reflect on our natural and man-made world. Whether observing a beautiful crimson sunset or a super highway, this focused concentration is an essential skill and can be used in the study of math, science, history and writing, as well. Additionally, art projects that are grounded in global perspectives expand intercultural awareness, which is easily evident when teaching using the IB curriculum. My art students learn to closely observe, and respond, to the world around them.
As a teacher of art, I create confidence in my students through collaboration. Opinions are valued. Not only do my students develop an understanding of themselves, they also learn to appreciate other viewpoints. My teaching style allows for curiosity, personal expression, technique and process development. With my guidance and support, students learn to look critically at their own work, as well as at the work of others. They develop skills that allow them to communicate their opinions without using hurting words and judging too quickly or too harshly. My students are exposed to many materials and techniques. The subject matter used for inspiration is varied. It is my goal to find each student’s strength through the exploration of different mediums. It is also important that students are taught safety practices ensuring a safe work environment for all.
Because I am a practicing artist, I stay current on contemporary trends in art. I am aware of new materials and techniques and can provide an understanding of galleries and museums located around the world.