Whether children are very young or becoming adults, I believe that everyone has something new to learn and discover. Art education relates to other subjects and it is important that students develop appreciation and understanding of it. Problem solving skills are developed through creativity and many artistic activities. It is about the idea, process, and everything in between. Art promotes self-expression and connects to the real world. There are many opportunities for imagination, solutions and enhancement in variety of areas if art is introduced.
Creative learning is important to the intellectual growth. Through art education students are able to develop their knowledge on history, go through the process of production, criticism and aesthetics. Individuals are exposed to different cultures where they develop awareness, interest and appreciation for cultures and history. Through creativity they respond with flexibility and originality in their work. Production provides students with technical skills as well as personal expressions and communication skills. Through aesthetic judgment skills individuals have ability to develop positive attitudes towards themselves and others.
It is important to have high expectations for self as a teacher as well as the students. Students should believe in their achievements, but a teacher must have a goal first and a positive attitude. Motivation is the first step which goes along with student centered environment. Everyone learns differently and I believe in adjustment and support of those individual needs. It is important to provide a variety of strategies from visual to hands on. I believe there should be enough freedom focused on process oriented activities, where students are able to explore and discover. Although some
product oriented steps must me included eventually, when students will be able to build strong skills and be satisfied with the outcome. Guidance is necessary but should allow creativity to encourage self-expression. I appreciate the enhancement of the individual that Dewey pushed. I agree with choices and the reflection on the real world. Through different stages children will develop concepts and own perceptions.
My belief in art education is not studio itself or just the instruction. It is about the combination of both. The idea is to develop connections between values and ideas. Students will relate to the real world and develop the ability of problem solving. Art education therefore stands as curricular discipline. It is as important as others because it shares values and connects with all.
My goal is to be an educator who shares the beliefs and always finds a challenge. An art teacher who explores the unique of an individual, creativity and is the leader and a mentor who is able to motivate.
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