I believe in the education of art. Learning about art is valuable as it influences human understanding and shapes our interpretation of the world. Art fosters the ability to think creatively, analytically and innovatively, skills which are valued in every career path and are critical for success in a rapidly changing 21st Century environment.
Art also fosters the development of self-awareness, understanding of those around us and it helps to teach patience and perseverance, as art is the product of a process. Learning about art helps teach children to think outside the box, as art can be anything.
I use a flexible, content rich skills-based approach to teaching art education—which includes teaching about art history; art aesthetics, art criticism and utilising appropriate studio art practices.
As a practising local artist, I believe that learning about art must be accomplished through a hands-on approach and that all students must have the opportunity to explore, express themselves and make mistakes. Art is a form of experimentation and mistakes are our lessons. Thus, I view my role as an art educator as one of exposing, stimulating and nurturing my student’s knowledge and artistic idiosyncrasies within a supportive and inclusive environment.
Rahalie McGuirk, PP – Year 3 Visual Arts Teacher