As an art educator, I am dedicated to encouraging others in finding their own voice through art. As technology has increased in the world, so has its use in my classroom. My goal is for students to be first grounded in analog processes while increasing technological components.
In our ever-changing world, our teaching strategies need to be constantly evolving for the betterment of our students. To keep our students empowered and engaged, videos, games and other digital components must be added to each lesson to ensure understanding and motivation. Teachers no longer stand in the front of the classroom lecturing for an entire period. The process of teaching art is an exciting way for students learn to communicate in a new visual language by using the tools known as the Elements of Art and Principles of Design.
Before each project begins, a new creative challenge is planned to engage and stimulate the student. This empowers each learner to look at things from a different point of view and keeps the flow of class from becoming slow or mundane. Each project presentation has digital components and a creative use of technology that is taught throughout each course. Creating is accomplished both inside and outside of the studio classroom; learning is best for students when it is a multi-sensory experience without a fear of failure. These type of lessons can be found in my classroom on any
given day with students outside creating, using new media, music integration, designing displays or working with technology. Every lesson provides time for personal exploration without the consequences of failure and investigation in the use of new media. Engaging the student happens on campus and it occurs in other parts of our city on field trips once a semester. These outings provide opportunities for students to learn in ways which they are not provided in the classroom. They are able to interact with working artists, inside galleries, museums and other studio environments.
It is also important for young artists to be provided opportunities to succeed. Developing students to invest in studio time and goal-centered activities shows them the importance of hard work. It is so rewarding to see a student develop an artwork over time and then receive an award for their efforts.
As students become artists in my classroom, it also is important to incorporate projects that teach them to become responsible citizens of their environment and resources. Historically, artists have produced art to make environmental, political, social or personal statements in order to make a difference in the world we live. It should be no different today. This historical responsibility is interwoven in each of my courses.
As I continue my life of learning, offering an environment for artistic explorational learning is truly what brings me joy. Over time, I hope my teaching will have had a positive impact on students who seek their own lifelong investigation of artful learning through various media and concepts to impact their current culture.