Methods of teaching should be designed around what works for the student and what works for their world. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways. Maintaining clear objectives combined with opportunities of choice and freedom for creativity is essential for students to connect and invest themselves in the material. By identifying students’ interests, art educators can maintain their engagement, link their individual strengths and therefore instill confidence for further learning. Whether developing a strong personal identity, a sense of community or fine motor skills, art has the unique ability to connect the student with the world around them and provide tools for life long success.
Art curriculum should be designed to create an environment that will maintain a student’s interest in order to foster the transformation of critical thinking skills, by the formation of ideas, ability to investigate what they don’t know and further expand what they do know. By using big ideas as a starting point to create diverse units, including a variety of materials and methods, and establishing multiple options for student assessment, art curriculum can be a catalyst for life skills. An art educator can create an engaging atmosphere that promotes social interaction and self expression for a meaningful and life long learning experience.