As the art teacher at West Side Christian School, my goal is that every child here knows that they have a God-given gift of creativity. God has put within each one of us the ability to create. We are made in his image, the image of the Creator, but somehow over the years we tend lose confidence in these creative abilities. My job is to help them to build and grow their creative confidence!
I challenge students to ask, “How do I become the best creator I can be?” And I encourage them to use their abilities and grow in their skills by exposing them to many different mediums and teaching them to see as artists see so they can find their place in the visual arts. Their work on display in the halls this week demonstrates the development of skills and techniques and the growth of their confidence.
Students get experience using a variety of mediums in different projects and in using tools to their best advantage. Fine Arts Week shows what they have learned and done. They learn sequential skills and thought processes over the years to grow and stretch their abilities. For example, they learn about self-portraiture in kindergarten, second, and seventh grades and you can see their growth on display on the walls of the school all week.
The 21st-century skills of problem solving and creative thinking are the core of the study of art. When you look at 4th grade wood abstract animals projects, you will see how they questioned how to get pieces of wood to become an animal. How do I portray an animal using just these pieces in front of me?
Similarly, the 5th graders’ found object sculptures made them think creatively about repurposing junk. How do I take little pieces of stuff that would be thrown away and turn that into a believable object that you’ll look at and smile?
And found object art is also the art of redeeming!
During Fine Arts Week, I want people to celebrate the joy of children’s minds and children’s handiwork and growth. Look outside – the work of God’s hand catches our attention. So when we look at the artwork around here and appreciate the work of our children’s hands, we are really celebrating the work of their God-given abilities and creativity!