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MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

      My personal philosophy of teaching is to provide a classroom environment where students are encouraged to express their ideas and be active participants in the classroom. My approach is student-centered and I use active learning techniques to involve students in discussions by asking them questions or redirecting their questions to other students. By interactive teaching, hopefully I will help them to realize that they are responsible for their own education experience. They are presented with the essential technical skills, art historical references, and examples from contemporary art and criticism necessary for successful completion of their projects. As an art educator, my main focus is art production with support and instruction in: the study of artís historical and cultural significance, the criticism of works of art and the development of the senses (aesthetic awareness).
It is my job to refine a studentís critical thinking abilities beyond opinions of ď I like it or I donít like itĒ and push her/him into developing their aesthetic awareness. I want my students to find creative solutions when facing problems in the design of their art works or when they think that they have not effectively expressed themselves. Developing a creative problem solving skill in art (intuitive & analytical) can also be applied to other situations when facing other problems. Finally, teaching is personal and interpersonal. It involves taking risks, being spontaneous and creative, as well as being open to new ideas and experiments. If my teaching leads the learner to new understandings, new ideas, new ways of looking at the familiar and an awareness of their personal and cultural identity, I think I have done my job well.