The creative mind tends to see the end from the beginning. My job is to nurture that process and teach my students to make informed decisions through critical thinking and experimentation.
One of the first lessons I learned in art school was that artists solve problems. My approach to art education is rooted in problem-solving and the enhancement of creative and critical thinking skills. I believe in a critique rich environment that allows for open dialogue in an effort to teach students to both give and receive criticism. In doing so, my goal is to teach clarity and ownership of the artist’s voice. I teach my students to be more aware of the world around them as the interpretation of their work by a viewer will always be influenced by the viewer’s personal history, prejudices, biases, likes, and dislikes. I want my students to continually seek knowledge and use that knowledge to inform every part of their artwork in an effort to solidify both their mark and their voice as an artist.
I believe that art making should happen inside and outside of the classroom. I teach my students to engage in their local community arts council(s), exhibition openings, as well as social and professional gatherings. My students learn how to manage the business of being an artist as well. They are given a generous mix of art history and theory, vocabulary, concepts, and techniques. I also provide real world experiences by taking my students to museums & gallery spaces, inviting local artists to speak about their experiences, and by teaching them various traditional and experimental art making processes to help them become more well-rounded artists.