I have taught art at the primary and secondary levels and I love teaching both because of the uniqueness that each offers.
I aspire to gear my lessons so that all of my students are given the opportunity to engage their creative mind. My lesson plans always have aspects that appeal to my abstract random and concrete sequential students. I have found that this creates an inviting and safe environment for all students to be engaged and successful in my classroom.
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I graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2012 with a BFA in Photography and again in 2014 with my Visual Arts Teaching Certification. I student taught at an arts-oriented high school and I have a year experience teaching art at the elementary level. As I said above, I love teaching all grades for different reasons. At the primary level, you get to expose students to the basics of art (line, shape, and color mixing!) that may have lost its wonder to some of us "older" folks. But whenever I teach it, I am awestruck when I see my students discover it for the first time. At the high school level, I love delving into the reasons for making art and critiquing with the students. Teenagers thrive on the opportunity to express their opinions and art is the perfect place to do that.
My husband and I live in West Michigan with our beautiful son and our two adorable (and sometimes obnoxious) dogs. My all-time favorite thing to do would be anything that involves being in/on/around a lake. I can recite all three Back To The Future movies almost word-for-word. My preferred art medium is traditional wet darkroom photography; the runner-up favorite is painting with oils. I feel I have a successful day if I have make-up on and a cup of coffee (sometimes it is either one or the other). I thoroughly enjoy being a mom, especially during nap time.