Virtual Exhibition for Art Education Senior Capstone
Dr. April Munson, Professor
Featuring Senior Students:
Learning is gaining information, skills, behaviors, and/or experiences. The classroom is a vessel for learning that extends beyond the course material. People are learning constantly. My goal as a teacher is to provide positive learning experiences to every student that enters my classroom.
Teachers are so important because they are collectively shaping the youth. I want my students to learn the course material, but more importantly, I want them to gain life skills that will stick with them. I want them to learn problem solving, time management and self-discipline.
People are always striving to feel fulfilled and have their needs met. I will do my best to create a positive, safe, encouraging, and supportive learning environment. I want my students to each feel important, known, loved, supported, and able. Each student is different, so I will take the time to get to know my students each individually in order to meet their needs and help each of them all reach success.
A student is successful in my classroom when they engage and participate in the lessons and are gaining life skills. This may not always look the same for each student. If I can see that they are learning and making progress, then they will be met with positive reinforcement and encouragement. If a student is not engaging or participating in the lessons, then I will initiate cooperative dialogue and work to figure out ways to change the level and methods of support.
I was deeply inspired by each of the art teachers I had growing up. The art room quickly became my favorite place to be in school. I felt safe and I felt free to be creative without having to fit in a box of right or wrong answers. My life and the person I’ve turned out to be were shaped by those wonderful art teachers I had. I could have been pushed away from doing art had they not been so inspiring and encouraging for me. I am passionate about being an art teacher because I want to be able to inspire and encourage other learners. I do not expect every student in my classroom to pursue an art career, however I want them to leave my classroom having gained and developed life skills, knowing they can use art as a creative outlet, and knowing that they are valued and I will always believe in them.
I believe it is most important to teach students how to use art as a way to express themselves, as well as help them to realize there are many promising careers that involve the arts. Art can be used as a coping mechanism, and I believe this is very important to the classroom. I hope to help students to realize they can put their thoughts and emotions into their artwork, which can help them to feel more relaxed after the process. I strive to create a safe environment for my students to be their true selves and create the types of art they feel passionate about. I believe in giving my students assignments that pertain to themselves, their personal lives, and what they stand for. I also believe in focusing more on female and minority artists, as well as local artists to show students everyone can be an artist and we are all valued just as we are.
I believe that all students have a right to equal education in a safe and warm classroom environment. All students should be exposed to art as a creative outlet, a problem-solving skill builder and an introspective device. All students have the right to create, and the teacher should be the one to encourage different types of learning techniques as well as show different kinds of materials and styles to accommodate the unique students of today. All students learn differently, and the teacher should provide a range of teaching methods so that all students are included in the learning process. The art classroom should be a safe place for students to come and learn while they express themselves, and the art teacher should be a beacon of inspiration and knowledge for the students to respect. By the end of each school year, students should recognize art making as a salvation from troubles, a voice for current and social events and a talent that all can develop.
An ideal classroom environment should be inviting and secure so that the teacher can truly develop strong relationships with the students as well as let the students feel comfortable with their teacher. The art classroom should be an environment where the students and teacher learn from each other. The art teacher should be the person that shows students the necessary skills to be a better artist in the future, embraces student individuality and lets students have a voice in their learning. As the art teacher, I would constantly reflect on my teaching methods and make sure that differentiation was properly executed. I would additionally reflect with my students on how effective my teaching methods were for each assignment, along with how certain things can improve.
My animated teaching style along with positive reinforcement and encouragement will allow for my classroom to be a respectful and safe learning environment for students of all kinds.