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I am so happy to be back at Rogers Park for my seventh year.
My goals are to...
Inspire students to learn and appreciate art
Nurture each student's individual artistic voice
Secure a place where students feel safe to create and express themselves freely
Provide opportunities for growth, learning and thinking
Incorporate teachers, administrators, parents and community in the art education of the children
Respect every student as an individual
Empower students with the skills needed to succeed
Art Teaching Philosophy
It is my belief that a visual arts program should be an integral part of every child's education regardless of their age, gender, race, culture, or mental and physical
abilities. Through the arts children explore ideas about themselves and the world around them. They develop self confidence along with critical thinking and problem
solving skills that are imperative to living in the world today.
As an art educator, my goal is to reach every student on an individual level. I accomplish this through motivating students to embrace creating and learning. The
foundation for a classroom of learning is creating a secure and comfortable environment where students can obtain the skills nessessary to achieve their goals and
express their individuality.
The Language of Art
Creating a fluid art language takes practice and on-going education. This includes learning the vocabulary associated with art, understanding the meaning and
function of the elements of art and design, learning how to communicate meanings, decoding works of art and eventually working toward creating ones own individual
artistic voice or style. Being fluent in the language of art assists the students in clearly expressing themselves through participation in critiques, discussing aesthetics,
and understanding ones own artistic voice.
A basic fundamental of learning is making connections. This is no different when learning art. Providing more opportunities for students to make connections in
the classroom strengthens their art aptitude. Integration of core subjects reinforces the importance of education and a well rounded understanding of subject
connections. Art history connections teach students about where art began, how it was used and how it has evolved over time through artists and their corresponding
movements. Creating cultural connections teaches students about the lives of people from all parts of the world as well as increasing understanding and respect.
Learning to use the creative process and mastering a variety of techniques are the foundation for successful art production. Using the creative process teaches
the students to consciously create a work of art with meaning and purpose. This process is a skill that takes time and practice. Applying learned techniques create an
understanding how the different media and tools can be used to create as well. There are a variety of techniques that can be used in any medium to assist in the
desired effect of an art work. The newest techniques stem from technological assisted processes.