Here is another teaching philosophy, written by A.J. Hartis, one of my University of North Texas students. You can also see his technology component, a Prezi, here.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
These words once stated by Picasso, in my opinion, reflect the absence of fear that children are able to act upon when they are making art. Whether I teach the elementary level or above, I hope to have my students always to make art with this attitude. It’s my intent to have my students make open-ended assignments while gaining a base knowledge of art history, art criticism, and aesthetics.
The world we live in is more than ever saturated with images. I hope to have my students take away from me the ability to produce these images that affect our world so much, whether they are seen in a gallery, magazine, website, museum, textbook, or local coffee shop. If a picture is worth a thousand words, the possibility of students having their own images and work seen by others gives an unprecedented chance for them to express themselves.
I look back and see a range of improvements from my art teachers from my secondary learning that were possible to attain. It is because of this that leaves me with an everlasting wonder of what artists my classmates and I could be if my art education was carried out with more proficiency, zest, and expertise. These qualities, plus the motivation to carry out these ideals as an educator myself, will make it possible for my students to leave with no question of whether they were lead to reach their full potential and success as an artist.
I believe if I succeed in doing this, the reward will be beyond compare. Not only will my students’ success prove my worth as an educator, it will pave the way for a better future for them, and a more aesthetically pleasing one at that. The desire for their success, and having that desire rub off on them, will be one thing that takes care of all of these things. If I can reach a student whom others might deem unreachable, and encourage his or her ideas, all the challenges of teaching will be worthwhile.