Other experience: BA/Calvin College in elementary education language arts and speech; BA in art; member of Michigan Art Educators Association
My goal in teaching art is that every student I work with recognize that they have God-given creativity. The first thing it says about God is that He created. We are made in His image and therefore creators. The wonder and variety in God’s creation is inspiring. I strive to get students to see that through using different media, doing 2D and 3D projects and by using their “artist eyes” to observe the variety in nature. I love helping students to see that they can do art and can be very good at it. We do a lot of projects throughout the grades to help them to see lines, shapes, textures and the relationships between these. This helps them to gain confidence in their ability to draw and do art. What brings me joy is seeing a child grow and develop their creativity and artistic abilities. I love showing them new media and techniques and letting them run with what they have learned. My goal as well is to provide opportunities for students to think “outside the box.” I try to show, also, that art isn’t just about what happens in an art room by incorporating children’s literature and classroom curriculum into our projects.
I am married with and enjoy time spent with our children and grandchildren. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy doing artwork, reading, sewing, antiquing, decorating and collecting illustrated children’s Christmas books. Patterns, textures and designs in nature fascinate me, especially ones that we can easily ignore or don’t usually notice. They underline to me the artistry of The Creator. I enjoy collecting some of that artistry in the form of things like seashells and rocks and using them for display.