Barbara Simmons Art Teaching PhilosophyI think of teaching as sharing. As an instructor in water media, I have been told that I am generous with the information that I share. I have never thought of it in that way. My focus and challenge has always been to find the best way possible for each individual student to grasp what I am sharing with them.
Teaching is sharing, but it is also the result of communication.
Each individual artist is unique. Each individual artist needs to find or even learn the tools and techniques that work best for them. As an instructor, I am there to help with that process – in classes or workshops or demonstrations. Then art will become communication. In the beginning, the basics of the chosen medium are integral to this process.
Applying the paint to the paper, mixing colors, and deciding what needs to be in the painting are where we start. Next we learn a variety of techniques. Some of these will be suitable for your approach; some will not. All of these tools will be used to create landscape and still life paintings.
When we are comfortable with these tools and techniques, we will start the process of personal interpretation of subject matter. This then opens the door to the exploration of many other subjects of our own choosing, a means to express our own personal poetry.
When I was an education student, I was made aware that there is a variety of learning styles. My learning style may be completely different from yours. Flexibility in the teaching methods is a necessity. If I see a perplexed look on a face, I need to be able to communicate the concept in another way. As a practicing artist, I find teaching to be both motivational and inspirational.
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