|@Toni Ruppert "Danielle" - future Picasso|
Who was your favorite teacher? A big part of what I do is teach others what I do. I achieve that through art classes. I currently teach at two locations - the Art House through the Oak Forest Park District and the Vogt Visual Art Center in Tinley Park, IL.
At first, I got into teaching for the money. Seriously. I wanted to make an additional income part-time. I knew I could teach others what I know about art.
Of course, over the eight years I’ve earned way more than money teaching. I’ve stayed involved with students because I stay fresh and current in my own work by teaching them. Lately, I’ve been wanting to take my teaching skills to a brand new level. The First Days of School by Harry and Rosemary Wong has become by "Bible."
With a little help from The First Days of School, here are the 21 things I'm learning from teaching:
- Preparation = success. When I’m unprepared, it shows.
- Each student will exceed my expectations.
- Each student has the potential to be a great artist.
- Some “slow learners” actually learn art differently.
- The brightest and most promising artist in class might just be my autistic student.
- Repeating and practicing a technique leads to mastery.
- A stubborn artist who refuses to learn is soon given her wish.
- Training the artists of tomorrow is an honor.
- Learning art and teaching new techniques keeps my own art fresh.
- There is more than one way to paint and more than one way to teach it.
- When I’m on par, my students misbehave less.
- All positive: I try and use all positive words in my art room.
- Teachers are managers.
- A computer can not replace an effective teacher.
- I say Please and Thank you to my class.
- I must consistently install routines and procedures.
- Learning art is better than watching mindless reality TV.
- In terms of materials, being unprepared does not work.
- Being READY for my class leads to success.
- I believe in collaboration, so I have lots of helpers/assistants in my art class.
- I welcome each student with a smile.
From my days of playing teacher with my brothers and sisters, I knew one day I’d inspire others. I’m grateful I get the chance to do that with art.
Who was YOUR favorite teacher? How do you motivate, teach and inspire the ones you lead? Let me know by leaving a comment below.