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I have been teaching at West Creek Middle School since 2016. Prior to becoming a teacher I was a free-lance mural painter for nearly 15 years. I also worked closely with adult artists with developmental disabilities at a non-profit art studio in Chicago. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and three children, hiking, painting, and playing the banjo. The goal of my teaching has very little to do with how well a student feels they can or cannot draw. Rather, I strive for them to see that through artistic practices, they can carry great potential in themselves to be creative and can inspire themselves and others to reach their fullest potential. Granted, we are going to engage in some rigorous artistic processes this year, but like Picasso said, "Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist." Now if THAT doesn’t get a middle schooler fired up to be in the art classroom, I don't know what will!
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I have 2 rules in my classroom

  1. Bring your best effort
  2. Bring a pencil