I am getting ready to start my 5th year of teaching art, so far just at the elementary level. I also have experience working with after school art programs, teaching at art museums and summer camps.
I believe that too often elementary art is not taken seriously and the class ends up with 20 cookie cutter projects. I believe this type of art has a place with the younger students still learning to use their hands and materials but I try to allow room for each student, even in kindergarten, to be creative an add their own creative flare. I am always impressed with how creative students are and the ideas they come up with. Sure not all are successful ideas that necessarily work with their project but when that happens then you have a chance for a real learning moment with that student. I also am a big advocate for integrating art and other core areas. It is a lot more work on both teachers parts but I think it really benefits the students. I feel that art is one of the most valuable tools and often is not utilized and art teachers are viewed as "baby sitters" I have seen how using art to teach science, math, or even reading can greatly improve a student's understanding. It also helps the art program at a school be seen and taken more seriously. This year I have started to experiment with choice based art. I am a bit of a control freak with certain aspects of my classroom (aren't' we all?) I read this book over the summer and it really motivated me to let go a little. I have been at the same school for 2 years and I have "trained" my students to know my expectations and how to use supplies and put them away. This year was phase one for my choice based art with 3rd-5th grade and what that means is I wanted to see how the students would handle being allowed more freedom with their artwork and with every project this year students selected their own medium to use on each lesson. Next year I plan to implement phase two and allow students to choose from a series of projects for each lesson.
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College - Missouri State University, Springfield, MO Major: Art Education Minor: Art History
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