Philosophy Statement

    Every child should have the chance to interact and experience art.  I believe the goal of art education is to allow students the opportunity to explore art and its relationship in their everyday lives.  By teaching art history, art criticism, aesthetics along with art production I am giving the students a foundation of not only how to make art but also where it comes from and what it means.  I believe that students should learn art through hands-on exploration with different techniques, tools, and methods.  The art classroom should be a place where students interact not only with the teacher but also with their peers.  Communication is an essential part of art, whether the students are working to find meaning in a historical artwork, talking about their own work, or participating in critique of other students’ work.  I believe that by having a classroom that allows for open communication and discussion of ideas the students will have a better environment to create in.  As an art teacher, I see myself as a guide in their art experiences.  I believe my teaching can help push them to look critically at both art throughout time and their own work.