Continuing Studies (2017). BFA with an Emphasis in Art Education, 2017, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
These steps allow for young individuals to not only create artwork but to become conscious and active individuals in their worlds. Art is typically a visual and sensory experiences, using our senses to analyze what we hear, see and experience through the arts allows the connection to branch off into what we hear, see and experience in our everyday lives. Asking questions prompts the actions of research in order to find answers which leads to a more informed response. I personally believe that in order for an individual to care about making art, they must care about what it is they are making. In order for an individual to care, they need something to care about. I incorporate traditional and contemporary techniques centered on a big idea that prompts students to share their narratives, advocate for change, as well as think divergently and critically about their surroundings, and in the long run show them there is a lot to care about. This approach allows for students to not only reflect on their own experiences but the experiences of others and exercise how they use their agency in response to their environments. The separation between their lives in the art classroom and their lives outside of it does not exist; it is intertwined feeding their both experiences. In my art classroom those experiences are shared, analyzed, questioned, researched and responded to through the arts.
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