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My teaching philosophy

We all know art class is fun, but do you know how important it is to your childs development? A complete art program has so many benefits for curious minds. Meaningful art problems foster higher-level thinking and problem solving. Personal and open-ended assignments are engaging to the learner allowing for many possible answers. Students’ benefit from making their own work and seeing the solutions reached by their classmates. They learn from the teacher, the process, the history, and from one another. Problem solving and creative learning encourage students to connect visual knowledge to other subjects and to respond with innovation, understanding, flexibility and imagination. Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, and confidence. It cultivates self-expression, imagination and creativity as well as, visual-spatial abilities, reflection, self-criticism, and the willingness to experiment and learn from mistakes. Understanding and making art can teach students how to work cooperatively in groups and how to work hard to achieve a goal. Exploring the visual arts teaches students about their own history and culture, as well as those of other people. It gives students a window onto the rich and interesting world around them.

ClassroomI aim to make the artroom an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. There are three elements that I believe are conducive to establishing such an environment, (1) the teacher acting as a guide, (2) allowing the child's natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and (3) promoting respect for all things and all people.