Art Education Philosophy
Art speaks to, changes, and touches people across places, cultures, and ages. Art is beautiful and fun, but also generates power to influence cultural, moral, social, and political practices.
Art educators are in a unique position to ask questions and discuss problems and connect to students’ everyday experiences. Today’s students face a world that is dramatically more interconnected than in preceding generations. The end goal of my art teaching is to foster global citizens as well-informed problem-solvers who are compassionate and who understand the interconnectedness of cultures and environments.
I hope to help my students to see art as a bridge across many boundaries. Meanwhile, I must build smaller bridges between each student and myself through getting to know them and seeing from their perspectives. This smaller bridge is central to building the big bridge.
As a caring teacher, I get to know my students, learning where they come from and where they live. I collect this information, then bring it into the art classroom to make the lesson relevant to them.
As a professional teacher, I always pay attention to what I choose to teach and how I teach. I use backward design-Understanding by Design. When designing a curriculum, I focus on the big ideas first, then choose art activities to help students reach the enduring understanding. Art is not just seeing the beautiful pictures, and mimicking masterpieces. I teach beyond stereotypes. I help student develop a global lens by engaging them in multicultural art. Also, I use various teaching methods to differentiate for all students in the classroom.
In conclusion. I love to bring various cultures to art class because they show how art includes human’s treasures and thoughts. I especially love to bring contemporary art to our classroom because this art is happening right now. I love to see the sparks between contemporary and traditional art, and western art and non-western art. Through art, students can be open minded, think outside of box, have self- knowledge, and grow as inclusive individuals, all qualities of global citizenship.