Art helps us to find a vehicle with which to speak when no 'traditional'
means allows us a comprehensive enough avenue to express ourselves fully.
Art gives us a springboard to explore new and unguessed at places within
ourselves, keeping alive the wonder of that which we call life.
Art provides us with a road map with which to navigate the world we live in
and find our own sense of reality as we traverse it.
Art supplies us with the tools to celebrate that which we find beautiful,
and to, in turn, attempt to try and create our own beauty.
Art challenges people to understand and appreciate both our universality and
diversity, giving us a much wider lens through which to view the human
I think that it is very important that as art teachers we keep in mind the
unique vision that we help to instill our students with and not get overly
bogged down in how we are providing a learning skill that in and of itself
can be ascribed to a number of areas in the curriculum. While many of us
have fought very hard for years to get the larger community to buy into the
need for good quality, sequential art education for students, using
understandable and basic truths about art's ability to impart skills that
give us equal footing with the other subject areas, we can't lose sight of
that which also makes art magical and sets it apart from every other area of
learning and inquiry that is out there. As I think about going into the
classroom this fall, I wonder how many students will experience the 'Ahas!'
of discovering the wonder of color, texture, line, shape and the emerging
creation that comes from their individual vision and personality. And while
there is merit in discussing the processes engaged in as well as the
'problem solving' strategies employed in working with the material, it is
the work itself and the person whom it reflects that truly provides the
spark that makes the experience so meaningful. It also is why I have been
able to continue teaching art for the past 26 years and never get tired of
what I do or, for that matter, of what I am privileged to see my students
Secondary Art Content Facilitator - Anoka-Hennepin School District, MN.