To me, art is about freedom. The freedom to express emotions and personal ideas. The freedom for all students of all skill levels to spill paint onto canvas to create a piece of art that is full of meaning to the individual. But the end product is not the most important part of the creative process. The actual creation of the piece is crucial to the learning experience. The solution to the problem presented, the emotions felt, the mistakes made, and the hands-on work all add up in the end, although these are not always visible to others. In art, students walk away with more than just a ceramic bowl or a well-produced painting. They walk away with a greater sense of accomplishment, more analytical problem solving skills and the ability to think creatively at a deeper level.

Walking into my classroom, I want my students to feel this freedom. I want them to know that they can be themselves without being criticized or judged for what they believe or feel. I want my students to know that I care about them and respect their work. I wish to create this atmosphere by using positive reinforcement of the students’ creative choices at the same time giving ideas about ways to improve their work even further. Constructive suggestions will help a student work through a problem more so than negative criticism. I want to spark the students’ interest in becoming lifelong learners of art.

Also, I want to reach out to the administration, faculty and staff at the school as support to the city-wide curriculum. Art is a wonderful tool to reinforce the standards of learning outside the core classes. Students can further explore social studies, history, science, math and language arts while using their hands and minds to create works of art.

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