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Transcript of Portfolio
― Nikos Kazantzakis
Studio In Art
Sketchbook & Extra Artwork
“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
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 certainty 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 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 had a wonderful art experience growing up with creative encouragement from inside of the classroom and home. I completely agree with Bruner’s quote, I teach my students something they will keep with them for a lifetime.
My teaching process consists of demos, class discussions, pair-share, mini-critiques, and more, on the material and art history, as well as how it relates to the world beyond. I do not teach cookie cutter, cut-and-paste projects. Instead, I ask my students to tap into their own inner creativity, with some guidance, to produce unique and personal artwork. In more practical terms, my teaching approach is of 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.