The majority of my high school students have had very little Visual Art experiences when they arrive at my door. My goal is to provide a challenging environment and curriculum that reward risk taking, and allow space for failure as a means for growth. The process of pushing through fear of failure in making art empowers students to step out of their comfort zones and take risks throughout their lives. Through Visual Art, they become curious, creative, life long learners who have a genuine appreciation for difference and diversity.
My students study and discuss a culturally diverse range of artists, both historical and contemporary. As a result, students explore ways other artists have conveyed ideas visually and make personal connections to their own studio work.
I use socially oriented, theme based projects, related to students’ lives, to challenge each student at her/his skill level and encourage critical thinking. Students use drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, sculpture, photography, and graphic design to visually express social and academic concepts.