I have worked with children for about 8 years now. Ever since I can remember I have always loved being in a child’s presence. Their innocence and world of wonder was something I could not help but fall in love with. They helped me to see life in a whole new perspective. Even though I am the teacher now, I find myself learning more and more each day as I see them living life with open minds and hearts but above all worry free.
In my classroom you will find it is not your normal art classroom. Each student that walks in through my door learns first the fundamentals of art. Starting with respect, patience and responsibility. With these first three elements they will be able to learn not only art but life’s toughest lessons! Starting at the age of 5 they learn to respect oneself, their neighbor, art supplies and their artwork. They understand that every process, every piece of art takes time. Mistakes are a part of learning and that sometimes in life it is okay to take a step back to get a new perspective. Becoming great artists also must come with responsibility with ones talent and their surroundings. Students are taught to keep their stations clean and supplies taken care of in order to value what one is given.
When I teach I hold nothing back from a student who is eager to learn and try new things. Some may say they are too young to learn a certain art technique, but I believe, if taught properly, one can learn as far as they can reach. If I believe in my students then they will too start believing in themselves. Teaching art is not just a fun little job for me, it is a chance to make a difference, bring inspiration and hope into my students lives. To be a listening ear and a voice when they need it.