Art Teacher Jennifer LaCava

My Philosophy of Teaching Art

The opportunities to improve students’ skills are endless in the visual art classroom. I recognize that when students participate in arts based learning projects; there is a noted improvement in literacy skills and critical thinking. The communicative arts, such as reading, writing and speaking exist as an integrated part of visual art. I will integrate the core curriculum to further support and develop my lesson plans. Also, I support my students by identifying their abilities, talents, needs, interests, as well as their cultural backgrounds. I can use these observations to enhance the students understanding by engaging different learning styles. My lessons will reflect the importance of presenting “fresh” ideas for the changing needs of my students. Motor skills will continue to be challenged throughout my lessons.

When I ask my students to research or analyze and provide feedback on a piece of artwork; whether it is verbally or in written format, the students are responding, representing, and expressing their thoughts or feelings that are evoked by that particular piece. When relating the artwork of a past or contemporary artist, the students will as a group or individually try to figure the intentions of the artist. What movement and/or ideas in the history influenced the piece? What is the message or what was the mood of the work? They will often be asked similar questions relating to their own finished pieces. Using the language of art, the students finished work will enable them to identify themselves and their relationship with the human condition.

I encourage an independent atmosphere while providing the student with structure. Concepts and ideas will be created or provided and the importance of the process will be learned. If the student is successful in gaining knowledge and is able to demonstrate the process, they will be successful. I would like to see each child be celebrated in my class. I will instruct cooperative lessons that can incorporate the talents and abilities of other students, while nurturing the others in the room, keeping the lesson challenging yet attainable.

As I develop a deeper more conceptual understanding of the power of art to communicate, I see the openings for students to accomplish, develop and achieve. I appreciate all the students that come into my classroom. My wish is for them to discover something that they love and appreciate about art; the museum, a painting, a period in art history, a particular artist; the enjoyment of sitting down with a pencil and paper or their favorite medium, to appreciate the connection and relationship between art and life. The opportunity and ability for the students to express and articulate themselves is at the core of studio art, and my hopes will be that when my students leave the classroom they will be responding to everyday life in a creative and imaginative way.

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