Teaching students the value of art education is an essential part of the evolving mainstream pedagogy. I believe that students should not just be taught the work of the old masters or the compositional elements that are needed to create a picture instead it is essential for students to learn how to look to be able to relate what they have learned in their art class to the outside world in which they live.
Because I know that it is essential for the students of art to understand how the subject interacts and shapes society I would not like to take a mainstream approach to teaching this subject. I would like to make art class not just about art but also about the world as a whole about multiple school subjects such as history, literature, and science. I would like to conduct my classroom in a way that fosters discussion and critical thinking leaving no student out of any activity undertaken by the class.
In my classroom I will teach the students though lecture, which will lead into critical analysis and discussion inside the classroom. The students will come up with discussion topics that not only deal directly with the art subject being taught but also about how this subject relates to the world that they live in and to the social group to which they belong.
As well as having lecture and discussion based classroom time I would like for my students to partake in a community project in which they will do outside research on topic of their choice, which relates to the community, for instance doing a report on a historical building. I would like for my students to become involved with the community in this project and would like them to give a presentation to the community on what they have learned through creating their project.
The students will not be evaluated by tests instead the students will write an in class paper or create some sort of art project that relates what they have learned throughout the class. This will encourage free thought and not create a stressful situation for the students. I want the students in my class to think outside of the conventional art class, I want them to understand how art relates to them and realize how they can use art to better their own lives and their community.