When you walk into my art room, students are focused yet excited, sharing and proud of their work, but most importantly they are confident. Art has this way of allowing students to express themselves, something they aren't always given throughout their day.
If you were to drive among the community of my students, you would recognize the crime & poverty that exists around them.
However, music, dance, and art run deep in their community, allowing them to express and simply be. My students bring this culture into the art room, a safe place to figure out who they are or deal with the things affecting them daily. They are able to experience a world outside of their own, yet also highlight the beauty in theirs.
Upon arrival, my students hug me and thank me after class or let me know during class they are enjoying themselves. I have never experienced that with any other group of students and it is what makes our art room so special daily.
Through the Autism and Art course offered at Art of Ed, I will be able to understand how to correlate the two to provide the best setting for my students. Teaching art to young students can be done is so many different ways, from projects to theory to history. While all of these are important, I recognize the needs of my students for expression.
We tend to overlook the importance of art and it's ability to allow children to express themselves even if they are different than others.
This is where this course can come in. My students are all coming in at different reading levels, life experiences, and understanding of the world. I want art to be the place that also benefits their education.
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