believe that art education exists to inspire the imagination, develop
analytical thinking, and use artwork created around the world as
windows to understanding. Students in my class learn about art through
philosophy, interpreting and making decisions about art, the historical
context that accompany each art piece, and the studio process of
creating one's own artwork. Through these discoveries, my students
learn about themselves and the world around them.
My teaching units often begin with a discussion about a work of
art and its social context, with an emphasis placed on interdisciplinary
connections. I present a studio activity to demonstrate the techniques
involved in creating the artwork, which is followed by the students'
opportunity to create their own art. Each lesson culminates to a
class critique or a self assessment.
Throughout my many years of teaching, I have been trained to implement
a variety of philosophies and teaching/grading methods. These include
programs such as The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme,
Discipline Based Art Education, and The Seven Intelligences theory
by Gardner. I have technical experience with Making Grade, Quark,
and Microsoft Word.
I have shared my enthusiasm for both the history and creation of
art in the United States and internationally. I have worked with
students from diverse socio-economic situations as well as ethnic
backgrounds. Throughout these years as an educator and artist, working
with young people continues to be the most rewarding of my experiences.
Angela Mikula with students practicing perspective drawing
at the Acropolis in Greece.