Philosophy of Art Education
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
I feel that one of my biggest strengths gained through my submersion into the arts most of my life has been the gained ability to think of many different options on how to accomplish a task or solve a problem. It has helped me in all different areas of my life and I have found it very valuable to my education specifically. I would be selfish if my teaching philosophy did not include this type of education for my own students. Along with this I feel it is also crucial to empower students to take roles in bettering their world they live in and to teach students the importance of developing through process. A 3 year study done by NORC at the University of Chicago ending last year came to this conclusion,
“Careful analysis of student data and evaluation of arts education programs has shown that learning in the arts is strongly correlated with improved student behavior, attendance, engagement in school, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, social development, and, yes, even test scores”
This statement by Nick Rabkin, principal investigator, goes to show just how many benefits there are to teaching the Arts and really the impact that can be made. These 3 pillars I stand by I feel will help see these results become more apparent in my future school.
I really like how Albert Einstein said it because, yes there is a logical way to do it, but think of all the other ways there are to accomplish it. Some may be easier, faster, more efficient, cheaper, original, etc. If one is taught to find the one answer then they miss out on so much more. Mistakes found in a process of experimenting with the unknown can lead to new ideas and improvements.
The impact of having a community-geared outlook on one’s relation to the world is beneficial for all areas of life not just art or education. What students gain from being more involved outside of their school is a sense that they do make a difference. They also begin to take a ownership, pride and gain respect for their world, which will help them to want to improve it now and in their future.
Most of my education up to college was judged on my final products: Did I get the answer correct? What my final test grade was? And so on. Through my time in architecture and art classes I have realized the importance of process. Many times I feel it is more educational to focus and judge on the design process rather than what they end up with because not always does the end product accurately show the work and thought that went into it. Not only that but that is where students learn to ask vital questions like “Why?” and What if?” so they can improve their projects.
As I continue to learn through the process of experience in teaching I expect my philosophy to strengthen and develop. I will continue to stand my these 3 pillars of my educational beliefs in the arts of the importance of instilling creative thinking, community involvement, and process over product. These will shape the way I teach and I'm certain will morph yet stick with me for the remainder of my teaching career.