Statement of Teaching Philosophy
“For any subject taught …, we might ask [is it] worth an adult’s knowing, and whether having known it as a child makes a person a better adult.”
Jerome Bruner, 1960
The Process of Education
This statement is important to my teaching philosophy. I believe that teachers should teach as much as they can to instill knowledge in their students that will affect their life-long learning.
As a teacher, I want my students to learn and appreciate art and its history. It is my conviction that art is a subject worth knowing. I want my students to come away from class with a better understanding of the many forms art can encompass, whether it be drawing, painting, found objects, printmaking, etc., as well as the many new, non-conventional ways of art making. As a teacher, I want to challenge my students to become independent, objective thinkers. I want them to be able to look at a piece of artwork and form their own opinions and critical analysis’ of the piece.
I wanted to become an art teacher so I could influence young students in a positive way, to appreciate art. I did not have an art teacher growing up to encourage my art making and broaden my scope of understanding of art and its history. As I agree with Bruner’s quote, I want to give students an art education that I was not fortunate enough to receive until college. I hope that I can teach students something they will keep with them for a lifetime.
My teaching process will consist of demos on how to use the material and art history relating to the art we discuss. I do not want to teach cookie cutter, cut-and-paste projects. Instead, I will let my students tap into their own inner creativity, with some guidance for the direction they should go in, to produce unique and personal artwork. In more practical terms, my teaching approach will be one of modeling, coaching, and helping students become independent artists and art historians, so they can use the knowledge learned in my class and apply it to their future studies and life.