I have gained much knowledge and confidence in teaching art. Working with a wide range of ages and abilities, from age two through adult, has broadened my perspective. Also I have worked with an array of individuals including special needs, as well as gifted and talented individuals. A majority of my experiences with children, kindergarten through twelfth grade, were at both upper-middle and lower class public institutions. Having observed in a variety of public school locations and working in their communities has given me the opportunity to experience several diverse school settings and cultures.
I feel passionate about art. Special individuals shaped my love for art and I in turn would like to impart that same love of art to youth. As an observer and student teacher in others' classrooms, I have taken note that the art classroom atmosphere is an inviting one, with many options for success.
A large part of my identity, ever since my first art class, involves my love for art. As it continues to grow, I take much pride in creating art and could not imagine doing anything else. I want to teach art because I want to build that type of atmosphere and take pride in it. Being able to provide learners with opportunities and experiences they may never encounter again is very rewarding.
"How important are the visual arts in our society? I feel strongly that the visual arts are of vast and incalculable importance. Of course I could be prejudiced. I am a visual art."
~Kermit the Frog, Muppet~
Art is an essential part of the learning and developmental process. I aspire as an art teacher to provide an appreciation for, and the process of, art for any learner who walks in my path. I do not just want to impact those inside a school, but also in the broader community.
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