As an art teacher, I am committed to bringing the joy of art into student's lives. Im continually amazed at how basic and necessary art making is for children. In my years of teaching Ive learned that all children feel drawn to make things when given the opportunity in a variety of materials/mediums. Children show preferences towards different working styles, mediums, and materials. For ex. a student who does not enjoy drawing, will likely prefer sculpting and building, or painting.
My goal is to accommodate all learning styles and preferences by offering a 'centers' based approach and way of teaching/learning. This way of learning is based on a method called T.A.B. (Teaching for Artistic Behavior). It allows students to choose the materials, mediums, and ideas that guide their work. The T.A.B. approach allows students to be at the center of their own learning. Grades 2-3-4 and 5 will be working in this way for the first time, this year.
In grades 6, 7, and 8, student learning will be more guided and focus on design principles, realistic drawing and painting. Advanced students may work in the T.A.B. style upon meeting with me and setting goals through art assignments and structured, independent learning targets.