As I grew up in the 90s, I can remember the bold patterns, odd color
combinations, but most importantly the people who have acted as positive role models in my life. As I flash back to my elementary years, there is always one particular moment that sticks out in my mind; the memory of my future career, or careers for that matter. For years I was determined to be the next professional basket ball star, playing for the Chicago Bulls right next to Michael Jordan, however, as my intelligence expanded the little bit that it did at the time, I realized my fantasies were impossible. On the bright side however, I found that niche of mine that would turn into my future career. It was my third grade year, my paint shirt, baret, pallet, and paint brush in hand I walked the halls tall and proud, I was the next Michelangelo, DaVinci, Matisse, or even Degas.
From that point in my life, I was determined to become the best artist,
working harder and harder on each project to perfect it to my greatest ability, pleasing my teachers, friends, etc, I was going to become a master. As I developed, I was supported and influenced by many people through out my life; one in particular however was my private art teacher for the last 7 years, Mr. Winklbauer. His work very abstract and unusual opened my eyes to experiencing the world around me in my own way, portraying what I saw in my vision, not the cookie cutter coloring book style that was typically portrayed throughout the halls of the school. His determination, hard work ethic, and persistence in pushing for the better helped to get to where I am now as an artist, person, and future art educator to those children who look for art as a means of expression, life, and personal style.
Children are the future of our country, world, economy, educators, etc. It is
up to we as teachers, adults and role models to make the children of our future the best they can be, and how do I do that? For me it’s living, and teaching by one quote stated by Leonardo DaVinci,”There is no greater mastery, than mastery of one’s self.” Each student who walks through my door will feel as an individual full of more ideas than they can keep inside. I will push my students to do their best and experience activities they never dreamed of. For my goal in life it to watch the children I teach develop into successful students with the arts as an influence, allowing them to choose their path in life, expressing life as they see it. So many times was deterred from my expression until I met my Mr. Winklebauer. It was with his determination to push me to limits I thought impossible, ideas I felt expressionless, and the work ethic of a true artist and successful person that I have instilled into my teaching.
As the field of technology increases, the arts are slowly lingering away in
areas around the country, however it will be my determination and experience that I will integrate technology into the arts, as well as multicultural lessons to open the eyes of my students. Art is more than a pencil and paper. It is about the influences within our lives, developing technologies, and integrity of students that is opening up the doors of art to a much larger corridor. It is with my persistence, determination, and life experiences that I will push my students to succeed to their fullest by allowing them to as DaVinci said, “master one’s self.”