My Philosophy of Teaching Art






My Philosophy of Teaching Art


Art is completely natural for young children.  They use art to do what they do best:       explore and learn about their world.

It's my job to create a warm, accepting learning environment that encourages young children to work at their own pace and to try out their own ideas.  This type of instruction builds confidence and self-esteem.

How does a teacher create this environment?  By remaining keenly aware of how each child's art skills are developing.  For example, let's look at how children develop in their ability to use clay.  The youngest children explore clay by using large motor gestures to squeeze, pound, and push it actively.  As their skills develop they discover how to tunnel, and squeeze clay and begin to model designs and structures. My goal is to prepare clay activities that challenge children without frustrating them.   

I strive to provide quality experiences in all types of art media.  I want children to love creating art as much as I love teaching it.