I feel as a teacher it is important to be an instructor, but to provide the human element of relating to the student's lives so they understand that you, like them, have goals and aspirations. From my student's, I expect to build in them:
Confidence in art
Developed problem solving abilities
Independence in their work
Decreased anxiety about the creative process
Openess in experimentation
A substantial amount of materials for the student's art projects
Open dialogue about everyone's art and their meaning
Personal reflection from student's art work
Trust built between student and teacher, in sharing life stories
an art room with the necessary supplies,and sinks for art projects
I intend to seek out underprivileged schools and inspire at risk youth. As having been a student at Legacy High School at the brink of a shut down, the art my peers and myself made, as well as our ideas, inspired our classmates to take an active interest in extra curricular activities.
I would want my art room to be as fully equipped as my high school classroom was. All it lacked was a sink, which is needed for painting and other projects that require water. If my classroom had access to a smart board, as many classrooms today do. I would use it to show short art movies to aid learning before teaching a lesson to high schoolers, as well as animated cartoons, such as, “Mati and Dada,” a show that explains different art movements in a comprehensive manner for ages K-5.
I believe art can be enjoyed by every student, if you make it entertaining and inspiring. I hope to do what my teachers did for me for the next generation of future artists. What I would do differently is encourage more open communication between students and myself and give them the opportunity to express their likes and dislikes to me, as well as allow for open critique starting in 5th grade with students offering their classmates respectful feedback on their work.A teacher provided this opportunity for my classmates at the same age, and I felt it very effective for improving my abilities to take in criticism. However, I feel it would have been more beneficial if it was done on a regular basis.
I believe I can bring the artistic change to a public school that is needed for those who may in the future not receive many other opportunities to be taught art by someone who wants them to have a future in the art world. I would do whatever I could to teach as if every museum and future art program depended on it, because I know the teachers who inspired me would expect nothing less.
Age 9- Oil paint, acrylic,watercolor. 2014
Age 9- Watercolor. 2014
Age 9- Oil paint 2014
Age 9- Acrylic art 2014
Group collage art afterschool program- age 8-12 2014
Art by Lori Esposito Writing by Jay Friedenberg