As I was growing up, I never realized the impact art would have on my life. In good times and in bad, art has provided for me an alternate means of communication and sense of community; I never could have received the gift of art without the wonderful art educators that have been in my life. Beyond their awareness, they have shaped a part of me now so integral to my whole soul that I cannot envision myself without it. It is because of them that I desire to teach and bring art into the lives of others.

Apart from pure aesthetic value, art allows students to practice multiple levels of thinking. In this regard, Bloom’s Taxonomy deeply influences my views on teaching art. The framework provided through this theory elevates students beyond basic recall and into higher- levels of thinking – building advanced and crucial skills – and expands on previous knowledge to deepen understanding and appreciation for the individual learning process. I intend to incorporate this philosophy by means of encouraging artistic and intellectual exploration for my students while applying observable objectives corresponding to each level of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Students should feel confident to work through presented challenges, knowing they can utilize past skills to discover new solutions.

My philosophy regarding art education is that all students have the potential to create authentic and meaningful art. With structure and encouragement, students can build confidence in their artistic skills, engage in intellectual discussions of art reflection and criticism, and translate aesthetic concepts across disciplines. When given the creative license to practice art as artists do, by means of trial and error and resolution, students can discover their internal voices and communicate their passions effectively.

As an art educator, I hope the skills learned in my classroom enrich students beyond the period they are actively in class. I desire for all students to build practical skills by engaging with common tools, participate in the school community and contribute to a positive atmosphere, and learn appreciation for the diversity of individual stories through exposure to art history. These skills are essential for each student, regardless of the future careers they should choose.