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 nurtures the development of self-awareness, an understanding of those around us and it helps to teach patience and perseverance. Learning about art helps teach children to think outside the box, as art can be anything.
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. Thus, I view my role as an art educator as one of exposing, inspiring and nurturing my student’s knowledge and artistic idiosyncrasies within a supportive and inclusive environment.
Rahalie McGuirk - Visual Arts Teacher