Philosophy of Art Education

        Art education is an integral part of personal, social, and cultural growth. In order for students to develop their mental capabilities and realize their full potential, they need to be exposed to multiple forms of knowledge and ways of expressing their thoughts. A balanced education in the visual arts should provide students with an awareness of the history and contemporary state of diverse cultures, promote a variety of communication skills that foster critical thinking, integrate other academic disciplines, and encourage experiences in self-discovery. Helping students develop their own style, express opinions, and defend artistic judgments, while teaching them to respect these qualities in others, are all essential elements in art education. Using problem-posing dialogues that challenge students to think beyond their comfort levels, gives students the opportunity to engage with issues that lead to deep-rooted learning. Art education teaches students to understand and appreciate what is seen in nature, various cultures, the media, museums, and to be able to think critically on these areas, will impact students for the rest of their lives.

Recognizing individual student abilities, in addition to entire class needs, contributes to student growth and learning by acknowledging that not every student learns the same way. Adapting lesson plans to have multiple access points for understanding and completing tasks is essential to for learning to occur across a varying range of abilities, including those with special education needs. Teaching involves active and consistent reflection to interpret on-going learning and assess areas that need scaffolding, rather than waiting to evaluate results.  Enhanced through the construction of meaningful student-teacher relationships, art education promotes the creative thinking that teaches students to become better problem solvers, innovative thinkers, and active contributors in ways that enrich the progressive and diverse society in which we live.