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Teaching Philosophy

Art has no boundaries. You do not have to be inherently artistic in order to visually express yourself. As an art educator, I create an environment in which all students believe they can create art. I encourage students to trust their instincts and follow their visions in a quest for self-expression. 


Before art can be used as a vehicle for self-expression, one must learn the language of art. My vision begins with material exploration. I educate my students through studio guidance in fundamental techniques and the principles and elements of art and design.  I lead the student to a “toolbox” that will allow them to create art that is meaningful and beautiful.


In order to create art, you must view art. You must experience art. This experience can be shared, explored, and praised.  Art crosses all cultural bounds. Art can spark conversations that tug on the experiences of everyone. For this reason, I find it incredibly important to explore other people’s work as you strive to create art. Understanding other’s perspectives is imperative to finding your own voice. 


Above all, art is fun. It's a natural tool for problem solving. It can create communities as well as confidence. In my classroom, I encourage my students create memories, solve problems, and have fun!

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