Mission Statement

Mission Statement: I will develop the higher level thinking skills of all students. I will create an environment for my students that encourages creative thinking, problem solving, and risk-taking. My students will gain knowledge of art and culture throughout history and the modern world. My students will use the elements and principles of art and design to create a portfolio of original works of art. My students will evaluate their work and the work of others.

I have taught art for over 16 years at every level from age 3 to adult in both public and private schools.  I have taught in an art in a room with a sink, from a cart, in a portable building and in a virtual environment.

I am grateful for the opportunity to teach creative expression, problem solving, high expectations and perseverance to the next generation.  I believe visual art is an integral part of 21st Century Skills and STEM education.

I am a wife and mother of two children who always inspire me more than anyone.

 Studio Thinking Practices

1.Establishing purpose and intention

2.Building basic skills (artistic skills and techniques)

3.Encouraging acquisitions of domain-specific knowledge

4.Stimulating and rewarding curiosity and exploration

5.Building motivation, especially internal motivation

6.Encouraging confidence and a willingness to take risks--mistakes and dealing with mistakes in a positive way is encouraged

7.Focusing on mastery and self-competition

8.Promoting supportable beliefs about creativity

9.Providing opportunities for choice and discovery

10.Developing self-management (metacognitive skills)

11.Teaching techniques and strategies for facilitating creative performance

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