To create an enriching classroom, I have identified three basic values.
Exploration: There are multiple ways to approach art projects and students also work in many different ways. Giving students time and space to explore allows students to problem solve on their own. If students do not have this opportunity for play then they have lost their ability for personal creativity. Students need the ability to explore within project assignments. A project provides students an area to explore and gain knowledge of art making processes and solutions. Exploration is key for students develop in the art classroom.
Knowledge: It is important for students to become confident in their abilities with materials. If an art teacher can provide an environment that supports the many different aspects and methods of learning, creating becomes possible. It is important as the teacher to continually evaluate the classroom and to seek new methods and ways of teaching. Being current with the students is beneficial to learning and fosters an awareness of the world around them. Students need to know that art is relevant to them and influential to all cultures in different ways. Showing students the value art holds can be a driving factor in challenging themselves and recognizing that what they are doing is important and substantial.
Communication: An art room can thrive on conversations and dialog between students and teachers. When communication is happening in the classroom students have the opportunity to share their knowledge and contribute to the outcome of their own work.Effective teaching is when everyone is able to work together in search for new and engaging processes. With exploration, knowledge and communication students can exceed expectations of art.