How to teach art at home
A new generation of teachers are embracing art as a way to engage students with art, says a new report by the Art Education Network.
“Art is the most effective way to connect students to their culture and the world, and it also has a great capacity to help teachers make more effective use of their time,” said Francesco Cattaneo, the network’s director of education.
“This is especially true when it comes to helping kids connect with their teachers and the art they create, and for teachers who are working in environments that are more inclusive, such as public schools.”
Teaching art at schoolThe network is a consortium of artists, educators and community leaders who have identified four areas where art can be used to bring students into the classroom.
The first is with the arts as a vehicle for learning, said Cattanao, who noted that the art world’s rich heritage has made the art space an ideal place for teaching art.
“The art in our school has a tremendous capacity to connect to the world and to our students.
It can be a very creative outlet for engaging them in the world of art,” he said.”
In addition to helping teachers connect with students in a way that is not only fun but also engaging, it also can provide a creative outlet and an opportunity for creative thinking that will help the students connect to their art as well.””
For example, students are able to learn from art, interact with it, and then make their own art.”
Art and education are not mutually exclusive.
“Teachers who want to create art and teachers who want their art to be inclusive will have to be working together,” said Catterone.
“If teachers want to work together, they will have a much better chance of creating a more inclusive art space for their students.”
The network found that teachers in the arts community were particularly interested in the way that art works.
“Art is an important tool for engaging students with their cultures and their history,” said Cecilia Ferri, the co-director of art at the University of Arizona.
“It’s the same way that music, for example, is a tool for music education.”
Ferri said she has noticed that art classes are beginning to focus more on the arts than music, and that this can lead to students who may not be as interested in music learning as they might be in learning about their cultures.
“I think that we’re really in the early stages of this, but there are a number of things that are working well,” she said.
While Ferri’s work involves music and arts education, she also noted that she has found that a lot of art students, especially the artsy type, are interested in learning from their teachers.
“Some students may not feel like it’s appropriate for them to be teaching art, so maybe this will allow them to do so,” said Ferri.
The second area is the arts’ ability to bring together teachers with diverse backgrounds.
“With so much diversity in the teaching profession, and so many different cultural backgrounds, teachers can find it challenging to find a common language to communicate with students,” said Tessa Stenzel, the associate director of the Center for Art Education at the New York School of Drama and Theatre.
“We need to be mindful of the fact that the arts are not necessarily the only way to teach children,” said Stensel.
“There are many other ways to connect with children.”
The third area is art’s ability to connect teachers with students who might not be in the classroom at the same time.
“A lot of arts teachers are already working at the intersection of traditional teaching and technology,” said Miki Krieger, the director of art education at the Boston Conservatory of Music.
“What we need to do is make the arts part of our curriculum.”
“Technology has been a huge part of the arts education landscape,” said Kriegler.
“The arts can be taught using computers, and students can interact with art on the computer as well.”
And in many ways, the technology is allowing them to learn art in a much more accessible and collaborative way.
“The fourth area is using art as an opportunity to promote healthy, inclusive and collaborative relationships.”
These are not isolated, isolated moments where students are having fun and exploring and being creative,” said Jodie Laski, the founder of the American Theatre and Radio Arts Alliance, a non-profit organisation that promotes and supports artists in the United States and around the world.”
They are moments that we can all learn from and support each other in creating a positive learning environment for students.
“There are a variety of ways to teach students in the art communityThe Art Education network identified four important areas where the arts can help teachers connect students with students:The Art Teacher Alliance, an initiative of the Arts Education Network, is working to develop and implement best practices in the areas of art instruction and education.