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Personal Philosophy of Art Education
I am an artist that believes all children can learn. How quickly they learn depends upon the ability of the child, and the effectiveness of the teacher, therefore it is my responsibility to be well versed in art. My focus is to help students in reaching their full level of potential. A complete art program allows every student to increase positive attitudes towards self, others, and the environment through creative experiences. Problem solving and creative learning encourage students to connect visual knowledge to other subjects and to respond with understanding, flexibility and imagination.
I want to instill in my students that art is personal, individual, and may create different reactions than expected, but to understand that any reaction is better than no reaction. My beliefs about teaching and learning begin with my desire to promote acceptance through art.
I believe young students are open to criticism but as they mature they become more sensitive to peer reactions, they are conscious of individualism and often fear being labeled as different from the crowd. I want my students to explore their uniqueness, accept being an individual and celebrate it instead of hiding within the crowd. I see art education as a continuous learning experience: through research, student achievement, and community involvement. Middle Tennessee State University gave me knowledge and confidence, now it is up to me to show my students, administration, and community that by studying art we can discover how people communicate, not only with words but through images.