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  2. 2. T E A C H I N G P H I L O S O P H Y
  3. 3. How do you get someone to be creative? To what extent can art be taught? In which ways does art influence internal reflection and external perception? These questions frame art pedagogy for me, and the possible answers increase exponentially over time through further experience with students. As a teacher, my role is to affirm and cultivate the potential of each learner that I encounter. Specifically, as an art teacher, I am teaching students a language where they learn to communicate through material in their own visual voice. Similar to language, the arts provide opportunities for cognitive development, critical thinking, and personal expression. Teaching bridges the structure of the language and exploratory interaction with creative processes. While in my classroom students learn how to own it, which means working through a problem and finding their own solutions with gentle instruction. I provide opportunities for them to make choices about materials and actions. Furthermore, my lessons are designed to promote purposeful play, expanding the potential for artistic associations through variety of modalities. The learning in each lesson reinforces the students abilities for expression of ideas and communication of meaning. Moreover, my classroom is a safe environment where children have the freedom to ask questions, take artistic risks, and challenge themselves despite the possibility of failure. In class students should feel imbued with a sense of confidence in their own interpretations of art, willing to trust their own imaginations as they work towards creative resolutions. I nurture my students by challenging their assumptions about art such as how art can be made and what can be used to make art. My pedagogy is built on inquiry- based activities that enrich student education. For instance students are encouraged to ask each other questions about their artwork, and discuss their choices their creations. Every student functions differently and therefore has diverse learning styles. My lessons are differentiated to accommodate learners with specific needs or challenges by changing materials, allowing more time for an assignment, or subtly providing extra assistance for more difficult tasks. I facilitate their learning by finding ways for students to show one another how to create something rather than telling them how to make it. My role is to aid students of all ages and abilities in translating their personal experience into a concrete structure, using their knowledge from lived experience as the inspiration for their artwork. My teaching reflects a goal of cultural competency to negotiate and understand the complexities of social and individual identities that may relate to my students. While working with students individually or as a group, I am constantly engaging them in open- ended dialogues that stimulate ideas about their relationship with their work; such as: Thats an interesting idea, how did you come with that; Where might this go next; If you could change any part, what would you make different and why? I am constantly thinking about the environment that I create for my students from the classroom decorations to curriculum content. What opportunities am I providing for learning and for whom? Similarly, how can I construct activities that include, excite, and affirm individual students life experiences and identity? I motivate and inspire my students to use their creative processes to improve their cognitive faculties, and ability for critical analysis and synthesis, and form their identity.
  4. 4. T E A C H I N G R E S U M E
  5. 5. Aaron A. Barksdale 1230 Amsterdam Ave New York, NY 10027 barksdale.aaron@gmail.com 703-398-6331 barksdaleart.com EDUCATION Teachers College, Columbia University New York, NY MA in Art & Art Education with Initial Teaching Certification (K-12) Sept 2013May 2015 The College of William & Mary Williamsburg, VA BA in English with High Honors and Art & Art History Minor; cum laude July 2009 May 2013 WORK EXPERIENCE The Heritage School, PS 452 New York, NY Student Teacher: Studio Art 1, AP Studio Art, and Elementary Art Aug 2014May 2015 Taught secondary and elementary students lessons based on New York State Standards for visual arts, which helped the students develop their abilities to create and respond to visual works of art. Planned lessons based on the cognitive and artistic development of children and adolescents from theories written by educational psychologists. Evaluated the students learning through their capacity to show their understanding of course content through art projects, written reflection, and class presentations. Live Out Loud New York, NY Youth Programming Intern Nov 2013Aug 2014 Developed educational curricula for secondary students focused on empowering LGBTQ teens from different demographics to lead healthy and successful lives. Led programs in NYC high schools with LGBTQ student groups on themes and issues effecting gender and sexual minorities. Oversaw the implementation of an annual scholarship, which included reading applications, communicating with applicants, and participating in the selection committee for awardees. Teachers College, Columbia University New York, NY Student Senate Clerk Oct 2013May 2015 Installed visual displays to communicate pertinent information to the university community. Created agendas and meeting minutes for each bi-monthly meeting and maintained a digital archive for institutional documents. Overhauled and redesigned previous student senate website and continued to manage all web content. Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary Williamsburg, VA Intern Jan 2012May 2013 Assisted in the planning and implementation of an annual, large scale, art education program for local elementary school students, and writing educational materials for museum exhibits. Learned about themes and issues present in art education and arts administration. The College of William & Mary Williamsburg, VA Senior Admission Interviewer Oct 2010May 2013 Interviewed current and rising high school seniors applying to the College of William & Mary, and wrote extensive evaluations in support or opposition of their admission. Worked alongside deans in the Office of Undergraduate Admission creating projects that highlighted the resources and various aspects of the university. Orientation Area Director Assisted in pre-orientation preparation activities including, but not limited to, new orientation aide selection, training, preparing packets, and setting up orientation events. Set an example for the subordinate staff, exercised good communication skills while interacting formally and informally with students and their families, as well as university faculty and staff. Interned for the Dean of Students office and aided in the New Student Orientation program preparation. Gained insight into higher education administration. SKILLS, ACHIEVEMENTS, INTERESTS Portfolio of professional artwork and graphic design Published in the Washington Post (2008) Staff Writer for the Flat Hat Newspaper (2010-2013) Proficient in Microsoft Office and full Adobe Creative Suite Programs Study and volunteer experience in South America and the U.K. Public Relations: event planning, public speaking, and social media marketing Blogger for individual and collaborative blogs on art and art education Cultural critic of films, books, music, and TV
  6. 6. SECONDA RY S C H O O L
  7. 7. LESSON PLANS G R A D E S 9 -12
  8. 8. Learning Sequence: Understanding Issues of Composition through Collage (Studio Art 1/AP) Learning Objective: Through creating a collage based on either a memorable event or self-portrait students will learn that composition involves selecting, arranging, and ordering images. Materials: construction paper, tissue paper, glue sticks, and magazines Motivational Dialogue Questions: Why do you share a selfies or personal events through social media? If you wanted to create a self-portrait that was more symbolic than realistic what kind of images would you choose? How might you plan a thoughtful composition?
  9. 9. Structured Practice: Students can use materials to put together their collage, and each work center is responsible for gathering and putting away their materials. Differentiation and Planned Support: Visual demonstration One-on-one conferences with students Seating chart according to specific needs Assessesment: Observations of students while working, written design worksheet, and final collage. Visural Arts Standards: NYS Standard 1- Creating, performing and participating in the arts NYS Standard 2- Knowing and using arts materials and resources NYS Standard 4- Understanding the Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts.
  10. 10. Learning Sequence: Developing skills of observation through snack watercolor still-life. (AP) Learning Objective: Through composing a still life based on a snack students to paint in watercolors students will learn that they must look and respond to the subject for accurate work. Materials: still life, watercolor paints, brushes, watercolor paper, watercolor pencils Motivational Dialogue Questions: How will you design the arrangement of your still life How can use the transparencey of the watercolor paint to create details in the still life? How might you plan a thougtful composition? What happens when you use a lot of water and a little paint or vice versa?
  11. 11. Structured Practice: Students can use watercolor paints, pencils, and paper to create expressive still lifes in color while carefully responding to details and workinf from observation. Differentiation and Planned Support: Visual demonstration One-on-one conferences with studen