Honeymoon Bay 1986
Faber Castell pastels on grey Canson paper
I look back with fondness on my teaching years in the public school system in Tasmania. I taught at both High School (grades 7-10) and Secondary College level (grades 11-12). Both had their challenges and rewards.
Art was a subject where (if implemented) individual programs saw many students thrive. It wasn’t easy running such a program but it it was just as rewarding for the teacher as the students. Once established, these programs always realised results. It was wonderful seeing the progress each student made over the year-long course.
Teaching art does not require force-feeding of information; it needs to “tease” out a creative response. Everyone has a level of creativity, it just needs to be brought to the surface.
Children are (usually) uninhibited in their expression and this makes for a highly receptive audience. I often admired their willingness to “have a go”, to try something new and to re-evaluate what they already know. On many occasions I got ideas from my classes for my own work.
Having such a captive audience is a great responsibility and a privilege.
Tomorrow: Teaching Art to adults.