For the past five years, I having been teaching art at Arts Umbrella, a non-profit children’s art school in Metro Vancouver. I love teaching there and have had the fortune of observing the positive impact on my students. Here is a blurb from AU:
Numerous studies indicate that people who receive arts education early in life reap many tangible, long-term, life-changing benefits. From enhanced critical thinking, improved self-esteem and ability to collaborate, to improved scores in math and science, children gain skills that can help them well into adulthood.
Children who develop arts literacy (knowledge, skills and ability), will have the opportunity to:
- Learn to appreciate the arts as participants and spectators
- Learn technical skills
- Gain a wider view of themselves and their opportunities in the world
- Develop self-confidence and self-worth
- Explore and develop creativity and innovation
- Develop an ability to make decisions independently
- Learn how to work with others
- Develop discipline
- Learn to set and achieve goals
- Improve their odds of success in all areas of their lives
I embrace AU’s philosophy and have created art lessons that allow kids to work with a variety of media and concepts; finding projects that will both challenge and engage them. To me, while technique and process are important, what really drives the engine of creativity in kids is the imagination. My goal as a teacher is to encourage students to be explorers, to learn the patience and mindfulness needed to complete their project to their best ability, to come away with an appreciation for the artists or idea we will be studying and, finally, for them to learn how fun the creative process can be.
Like many art teachers, I have found some fabulous lessons online. The art teacher community is a truly giving one. We get so excited about our work that we can’t wait to share it with our other creative colleagues! I have been inspired by and have taught many lessons plucked from many other art teacher sites and I am grateful for their generousity. Now that I’m am sharing my own lessons online, I hope I can share and inspire other art teachers as well (finally giving back!). I will also include links and credits whenever I can for the lessons I have happily discovered from all those other talented folks out there.
Gratefully, Theresa 🙂