Teaching Philosophy

Art is most effectively taught when done by a person who is passionate, knowledgeable and involved in creating, teaching and appreciating art. Students will learn more from someone who is enthusiastic about the content they are teaching. It is my goal to provide students with an outlet for creativity, self-expression, critical thinking, and problem solving.
As an educator, I want my students to come away from my class with a better understanding and new ways of thinking about the many forms art can encompass, whether it be drawing, painting, found objects, printmaking, etc., as well as many new, non-conventional ways of art making. Students often resort to “I can’t” due to a low tolerance for making mistakes which can become a barrier to artistic growth. I believe mistakes are learning opportunities and students should be encouraged to find a way to make these mistakes work for them before considering giving up or starting over as options. Students need a safe environment where they feel free to express themselves. Art teaches that there isn’t always a right or wrong answer. I encourage students to discover new ways of looking at the world around them and making something boring or forgotten into something remarkable and desired. In order to help students feel a sense of accomplishment when putting forth their best effort I emphasize process rather than a “perfect” finished project.

One of the most difficult questions for students as well as artists is "when is it finished?" Students are often anxious about that first mark, shape, or idea. I ask students to stretch beyond their first ideas, beyond their comfortable zones of when a piece is finished. I encourage students to look at their work from ten to twenty steps away to gain a new perspective on their own work.

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