Education: I attended Tyler School of Art/Temple University for my undergraduate degree, where I received a BFA in Photography and Printmaking. After many years of working as a computer graphic designer I returned to school to receive my MAT from William Paterson University. I have been teaching art at School 2 since 2006.
Teaching Philosophy: In the words of American artist Grant Wood, "The aim of art education in the public schools is not to make more professional artists but to teach people to live happier, fuller lives; to extract more out of their experience, whatever that experience may be."
I believe that an education in the Visual Arts is an integral part of a student's complete education. A Visual Arts education provides students with avenues of communication and problem solving that may not be available in other areas of study and is essential in providing our students with the tools necessary to navigate our fast developing global “visual culture”. While experiencing the arts, students practice higher order thinking skills such as problem solving, decision-making, and the investigation of new concepts and materials.
A student in my classroom will encounter a multitude of art media from painting to pottery. They will participate in the artistic process from an idea's inception to creation, through to reflection, critique and exhibition. My students will explore the history of art and its impact on contemporary art. The developing artists in my classes will leave School 2 with an appreciation of the arts that transcends their own skills and can be incorporated into many aspects of their everyday life.
I have high expectations for all students and strive to insure that they achieve success in my classroom. I endeavor to provide a foundation for that will help them as they mature as artists and as individuals. Through their experiences as artists, critics and reflective observers they will learn many lessons that will aid them in their development. It is my belief that through experiences in my class they will come to know the importance of the visual arts in today's society and how it contributes to our daily lives.
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