As an aspiring art educator, it is
very important to me to know what it is I am going to teach. How can I teach
something I am not highly experienced in? What would my students learn? What
reason would they have to respect me? Kids know when we do or do not know what
we are talking about. So I spent the last few months obsessing over all things
art. I have learned about many artist, mediums, products, ways of storing art,
etc. Here are some on the most important things I have learned from my
Exposing ourselves to as many
artists, their methods, and their works is one way of expanding our knowledge.
Keeping a file of the artworks from those artists that we like allows us to
view them anytime we’d like to get some inspiration. I personally keep a Pinterest
board of all the artists that I love. Looking at their work helps me to get
inspired and opens me up to new ideas when creating artworks.
Learning about our materials also
helps us to become great artists. Understanding the possibilities and limits of
the materials helps us to make beautiful artworks. It also allows us to know
what material is going to be the best for the outcome we desire. Knowing about
the materials also helps us to know which product to buy. Not all products
available are the kinds we as professionals should use. Sometimes it is the
product that makes or breaks the materials.
Its important to learn everything
you can about your area of expertise. Whether that area is ceramics or
painting, photography or film, etc. Knowledge opens a world of possibilities.
Knowledge is creativity. In order to create the most amazing piece of art we
must first learn about the medium we are using.
The best thing I have discovered through this obsession is a confidence
in discussing art. Before, art was a thing that I loved, but I feared
conversation because I didn’t feel like I really knew what I was talking about.
This obsession brought me the confidence I need to be a great art teacher.
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