As a student I always put academic intelligence above creative intelligence. I never understood why I studied more than other students to get the same or lesser grade, but when it came to tasks that required out of the box thinking, I excelled. It had taken me many years and much heartache to finally realize what a powerful asset my creative intelligence actually was.
Art fosters out of the box thinking, since there may not be a right or wrong but an easier or harder way of achieving desired outcomes.
Student-centered learning within a studio modeled environment allows students to experience the struggles and successes of working artists as they are the problem finders and solvers of the art world.
“The true purpose of arts education is not necessarily to create more professional dancers or artists. [It's] to create more complete human beings who are critical thinkers, who have curious minds, who can lead productive lives."
- Kelly Pollock
I have been a creative person my entire life. While obtaining my BFA in Fine Arts, Indiana University of Pennsylvania gave me numerous opportunities to expand on my creative experiences. Being President of the Student Art Association allowed me to explore other creative paths such as leading creatively and curating gallery events which led to my internship at The Bottle Works Ethnic Art Center in Johnstown PA. During that time I found my calling; teaching the importance of having a creative outlook on life through the process of art making. Now I am following that calling back at Indiana University of Pennsylvania to receive my BSEd in Art Education.
I hope to introduce children to a choice-based framework of art education, this allows for a student-centered learning environment where students are encouraged to think as artists. It forces students to be problem finders and solvers within the studio structured classroom environment.