My Teaching Style
We are our own worst critics.
My goal is to help us take our own art less seriously while also taking art in general more seriously.
Students will learn that growth in a subject matter such as art comes from repetition and breaking larger more complex drawings into simple shapes.
My teaching style has a goal to always increase student’s confidence levels, help them see mistakes happen and can be inspiring sometimes, and that art is a great relaxation/self-connection activity. After just a few short weeks parents often notice a surprising increase in their student’s art confidence level.
I recently had a 9-year-old student say, "That is cool but looks hard! I wouldn't be surprised to find it easy though! All the art we have made so far has looked hard, but it was actually not hard and fun!" This is 100% my goal. I want to teach my students techniques and drawings that appear hard but are easy enough for them to find success.
My passion and excitement about art comes out in my teaching. And I love seeing and hearing the kids get excited about their art. My classes are set up in a way that there are natural social interactions as we trace over our finished piece in black marker or as we work on coloring our masterpiece. I have found even shy or quiet students share in this no pressure environment.
It is my hope that students will relate to each other through their art and realize that even though we are each unique, being different is ok, in fact being different is awesome! I encourage students to make each project their own, often resulting in a huge variety among the class, to gives them inspiration and grows their creative ability by seeing examples of all that is possible. Students will learn to express their feelings through line and color as well as other art techniques depending on the week attended.
If you have a student who typically feels they “can’t draw” this is the perfect class for them. I have been working with students who do not see themselves as artists for the last 10 years and have had these same students, who were forced to attend the class the first session, beg to continue. I am blessed to have many students stay in class for 4+ years as we don’t repeat projects.
This is not a draw this in this exact way, which is what helps these students be successful. The goal for me is to have no students works of art be identical, I encourage them to change things up and follow their gut.