Art teachers play an important role in encouraging students to access, understand and appreciate the imagery of the world. Students come to my class with a broad range of experience, abilities, needs and expectations so I provide a blend of approaches to stimulate and further develop their abilities by including a range of relevant primary sources, texts, images, books and hands-on craft and studio work. As Ruskin (1888, p. xi) said,
“I would rather teach drawing that my pupils may learn to love Nature, than teach the looking at nature that they may learn to draw.”
I encourage a diversity of voices, using a language of critique that nurtures mutual respect. I want my students to question, challenge themselves and most importantly, figure out who they are in the world. I see my students as individuals and I encourage them to use their knowledge in helping that grow into responsible, productive adults.