Today I wanted to start by sharing my teaching philosophy because as it would happen I would like to be a teacher. Not only a teacher, but also a professor. I think my heart and passion are equally intrenched in making art and helping others make art.
I have volunteered and taught young children, and think is a rewarding experience, but most 7 year olds do not know what they want to be when they grow up, and don’t need my help being imaginative and creative. I think college is the perfect place to teach people who are unsure if stepping into the art world is for them, and need a nudge to show them their potential. I would like to be that person who helps inspire a new generation of artist, and hopefully teach through my experience and willingness to learn from them.
I hope its not to dry, but it is for the educational system and hopefully straight and to the point. Please feel free to give feedback.
The goal of my teaching is to create an active learning environment and one of the main objectives is to facilitate this learning by helping students gain necessary skills through visual analysis, craftsmanship and critical analysis. I want students to become active participants in their learning. As an artist and teacher my goal is to help them discover who they are as artists, while allowing them opportunities to discover and grow through experience.
As an instructor I believe creating a safe environment that is interactive and collaborative promotes problem solving. Creating a safe atmosphere allows the students to have a free voice without fear of personal attacks. The information from this setting allows for independent thinking, which is essential to developing their studio practices.
Teaching is all about instilling art fundamentals and concepts to students in a way they retain and hold the information for later use. Sharing art processes and my personal information on subject matters in my area of expertise with help students in their endeavors. Using current tools available is also crucial in allowing students to discover traditional art concepts and contemporary art practices. I want students to see that although there are obstacles and challenges as artists that they can become active members of the art community.