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Teaching Philosophy

Einstein once said: "Creativity is more important than knowledge!"

Art can play an effective role in contributing to the intellectual, emotional and aesthetic life of children. Using modern teaching methods, I teach your child according to their individual needs. I emphasize a child's sense of Observation, Memory and Imagination in their training. This allows your child to not only lean the basic drawing skills but also to develop extraordinary creative skills. With a progressive program of classes designed to teach children foundation art skills, nurture their imaginations, and build their self esteem through creative expression. By training students to observe, memorize, and imagine, I help students to master the skills in creative visual language. Step by step, I will teach your child the skills and techniques essential to creating beautiful and expressive works of art!

I employ an inspirational method in art education, arranging the curriculum according to phases of children's individual psychological development. This intensifies students' interest in art, as well as strengthens their skills in artistic expression. Through the program, students not only improve their drawing, painting, design abilities, aesthetic temperament and creativity, but also their intellectual performance in other subjects as well.

"Art Education is the golden key to unlocking a child's intellectual development."

Teaching Objectives
I use methods designed to draw on the students individual style and creativity, while teaching universal principals in art making. These methods coupled with a happy and relaxing atmosphere, facilitate students' interest in art, drawing and painting abilities, self-confidence, and a spirit enthusiastic exploration. From start to finish, during the course of my teaching, I embraced these keys which make children successful, building a strong foundation for their studies and future careers.

The goal is to help your child develop the skills to create beautiful works of art and the confidence to express their imaginations and creativity!

"Art plays an effective role in contributing to the intellectual,
emotional and aesthetic life of children."

The Value Of Art For Children
Children must be given the opportunity to make choices and decisions for themselves, or their lives as adults will be much more difficult than they should be. Indecision and lack of self-confidence are made, not born. Art provides the perfect opportunity for young people to exercise their own ideas and judgment in a structured environment and to reap the additional benefits of working directly with real materials.

The discovery of how to control clay or paint will often incorporate the happy accident. Using a material inspired an idea. Young people must interact directly with the physical world and learn through all their senses, not just those of sight and sound. They must touch and do. Young people must have the time and space to explore, create, destroy, accrue, and develop. Children should have the opportunity to try new things and to succeed from a young age.

Art is not just a leisure-time activity. It is an essential ingredient to living a human life. As we head into the twenty-first century, our mainstream culture lacks a spiritual base and ritual system like those that sustained people in the past. Art can be a healing force especially for children because it redirects destructive energy into creative impulses and builds a sense of self-worth that is the foundation of spiritual citizenship. It can produce a meditative state that in itself is a therapeutic balance to the clamor of our world. It cuts across time, space, and cultures to assist in our understanding of global interdependence. It taps into what Carl Jung called the collective unconscious, and through symbols, it connects us to each other and the greater universe. Art for children is not an extra. In the words of Dr. Thomas Armstrong, educational consultant and author: "Children must be allowed to experience their own perceptions and not someone else's expectations for how they are to perceive-in order to fully realize their own true potential....Artistic expression opens the heart to new learning, allowing children to gain control over their feelings and letting them transform strong emotions into new and creative energies."