I believe Art education essentially improves academic performance. For young learners, teaching them through the arts helps make difficult concepts easier to understand. The practice of creating art trains students to develop critical skills and become more well rounded individuals. As an art educator, my teaching philosophy centers on these 5 principles.
Teacher as an inspiring guide: I strongly believe that every teacher should lead their class with passion, high energy, and enthusiasm. This will not only set the tone and atmosphere of the classroom, but it will also show students that I actually care. However, before this can happen I aim to practice my art diligently to obtain the skills and charisma in order to lead by example. I hope to be able to showcase myself as a skillful artist to gain their trust in my advice when it comes to art. I believe students need the reassurance they can rely on and refer to when lost.
Curiosity and passion of learning: It is my goal to stimulate my students’ curiosity by asking them questions. This will spark their inner critical thinking skills and push them to think outside the box until it becomes a habit. It is important to challenge them with new ideas and get them outside of their comfort zone in order for them to grow and continually expand.
Have fun: As I firmly believe, it’s not always about the results but enjoying the process, which includes having fun. I will take the time to get to know students’ interests in order to create lesson plans that captivate their attention and ignite their passion. Students should be encouraged to explore different mediums and allowed to have the freedom to create their artwork. A joyful art class enables students to express themselves and can even be seen as stress relieving for some.
Confidence in creating, risk taking, and problem solving: I will encourage my students to experiment different ways of making art and emphasize to them the importance of not focusing on the results but also the learning processes. I believe it is crucial to review and reflect on a student’s possibility to improve, or to find different ways in solving a problem. I will ensure to create a safe space for students to express their struggles or difficulties comfortably when learning and strongly remind them that it is okay to make mistakes. Failures can be seen as learning opportunities.
Persistence to learn, practice, and make Art: Great art takes years of practice. Great artists are the ones that continue to strive for success, and continuously improve their work. They are those who are never satisfied with their achievements but always reflect and grow. Prolific and inspirational artists such as Picasso who can draw convincing still life, hyper realistic artworks but chose to break rules, re-invented himself and pioneered the Cubism art movement that revolutionized European painting and sculpture, inspired other related art movements such as music, literature and architecture. Picasso is a terrific example to inspire students to not only study masters’s artworks but also their mindsets and working habits that sustain them to achieve greatness.Thinking about art is not enough, it is the constant actions that produce results.
Art education is important. The ability to communicate ideas and thoughts through visual form is an advantage in any working environment. With my teaching philosophies, I hope to create a passion based learning classroom where students grow to become confident and creative individuals, not only in art but also in other fields of life.