Art Education is important for all students; art education provides strong foundations to create unique innovators, critical intellectuals, creative thinkers, and confident students, making the role of the art educator vital. I believe the art classroom easily allows an arena for multiculturalism, inclusion, safe spaces, and therefore, the ability to fight stereotypes and the stigmas students face. These elements create a strong, critical, successful, and important experience for all students.
Art classes create an environment that encourages student-centered curriculum. Student-centered learning allows for students to take hold of their own education, and permits them to create a class that addresses their own interests, ideas, and individual thoughts. When students feel responsibility for their own education, authentic learning occurs.
Art educators should be facilitators, responsible for creating an atmosphere of trust and caring where students feel free to fully explore their world. Art teachers, therefore, must understand who they are teaching. By connecting the ideas of development, contemporary culture, and genuine interest in students’ lives, art educators create personal relationships with students.
Creating an environment where success is based on excitement in learning, pushing limits, exploration and wonder are my criteria for success. By differentiating the classroom, art educators can create a wide array of learning that challenges every student to find their own intelligence.
Art educators have the privilege and challenge of introducing a new way of learning to students and schools. Incorporating multiculturalism, 21st century ideas, social justice, inquiry based learning, and student-centered curriculum, art education provides a unique experience for all students to truly learn.