My Philosophy on Art Education

Art Education to me is a way to foster a love for creating self expressive art through autonomous lesson plans, enriching students in aesthetic experiences they could not get elsewhere. The aim of art education should be to mold artists into teachers that pass their love and understanding of art to their students to enjoy and celebrate, having an abundance of art appreciation as well as talent. This should be done through passion, autonomy, creativity, and empathy. Art is a versatile subject that can be taught in many different ways. The format in which I personally was instructed in art changed over the years; as I got older, lessons transformed from plain instruction to a contextual, critical teaching methods. The transformation of a stricter lesson plan to addition of critiques changed the way I was taught art enormously.

The art educator should understand that not everyone is at the same level of talent or background when it comes to art. I come from a family of artists on both sides, so of course I had some background in art history and had talent bestowed upon me genetically. But some students may not be as fortunate as I have been and have to learn more basic skills and background to appreciate art further. Teachers should understand that students have different styles and talent levels, and creating the same art should not be a primary focus in the curriculum, more developing skills at ones own pace.

Art education should be focused on making students want to make art, even if it is not a career. Students should identify with the art they are making by learning art skills in a way that allows them to have freedom and choice, which is autonomy. Art education should have an autonomous curriculum so they have room to be creative & interested in their work. If students have no intrinsic motivation while making their work, they are less likely to invest time and their passion.

Blossoming artists must first and foremost be encouraged to spend time and effort on art loosely based on guided assignments in classes, rather than having to create with limiting boundaries that curriculum and lesson plans implement. I know I would spend more time on assignments that I could have fun with rather than art I didn’t understand or connect with. I am always more satisfied if I am able to personally attach myself to an assignment and enjoy not only the result, but the art making process as well, which is just as important as the end result of any given artwork.

What frustrates me most about art school is that lesson plans are created to teach students as though they all learn the same way. My ideology is that students who want to make art should be allowed to flourish in a way that works for them, not a predetermined method decided by a curriculum.  I believe that autonomy is something most students deserve but do not get, and should be allowed in a curriculum or lesson plans.

I know strict guidelines and lesson plans work well for certain school subjects, and some students as well. But art should be exclusive in autonomy. I believe students should be able to create whatever they want, as long as the work displays progress or flourishing, as well as obvious time spent.  I would hope to make students actually love art and be excited to create something based off of an assignment, instead of students dreading art making,  putting something together just to get a grade. Being limited in creative thought and exploration can lead to frustration and boredom, and has negative impacts on art making.

There has to be guidelines, I realize that, but students must be taught certain basic skills in art, and complete autonomy is not ideal for that situation. Also, some students like to have guidance and a lesson plan to help form ideas. I just wish there was a way to make it so certain students could flourish in art by creating what they want, while also learning basic principles of art.


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