Philosophy of Teaching

Arica Dowd

Art Education and its Importance.

Most of my students will not pursue a career in the arts. In fact I tell them this in the beginning. I tell them that what we study in art is useful in all aspects of their lives, an education without the arts in incomplete.  My students gain skills from painting, sculpture, and design are tools they can use to improve their visual acuity, their fine motor skills as well as their communication skills. The knowledge gained from studying, analyzing, evaluating and judging art teaches students to problem solve and communicate.

What Will a Student in my Classroom Come to Experience and Learn?

A student in my classroom will engage in enriching units that encompass art history, art appreciation, art making, and critique.  Students will encounter art media including 2-d drawing and painting, 3-D sculpture and even 3D printing, all this in addition to experience in graphic design and web design. 

Within these units students are practicing and learning real life skills such as note taking, collaborating, presenting their work in small or whole groups through power point presentations, web sites, or even short films. Students will have the opportunity to observe, write, and reflect. 

My Role as an Art Educator

My role as an art educator is to create a learning environment that meets the needs of a diverse group of students.  Each student is unique with varying experiences, abilities, and learning styles. My goal is to ensure each child’s need is being addressed and that all of my students have access to and understand the curriculum. I believe in Universal Design in that students should have multiple means of representation to acquire knowledge, multiple means of expression to demonstrate mastery, and multiple means of engagement to challenge and motivate all learners.

“Arts education aids students in skills needed in the workplace: flexibility, the ability to solve problems and communicate, the ability to learn new skills, to be creative and innovative, and to strive for excellence.” – Joseph M. Calahan, Director of Cooperate Communications, Xerox Corporation

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