When I began teaching early childhood education, I was initially concerned that my teaching style would alienate my students, who weren’t all that thrilled to be taught by someone who is not a native English speaker. I soon realized that I could simply adopt a more informal, conversational style, and I quickly discovered that my students loved this style.
And that’s how I came to feel about my teaching style. I don’t want my students to feel like I’m teaching them a novel and they want to feel like I’m teaching them a book. I feel like I’m teaching them a novel too.
I’m not just saying that. I’m saying that I am an artist.
I think this is a bit of a misnomer because there is a clear difference between the two. In the classroom, you’re not in a studio where you’re trying to create something on a computer. You’re in a classroom (or, rather, a room) where you’re trying to make conversation with your students. This is where the art comes in. I love to talk to my students.
Yes. But, in most classrooms, you’re not creating anything. The teacher is not creating something through the art. The art is to talk to your students.
The art, in the classroom, is an art. You’re the artist and you’re constantly doing it. By the time you’re finished, your art is going to be on the shelf. The art is going to be an art. The art is going to be free: It’s going to be a life-size piece.
You really don’t want to be a teacher. You don’t want to be writing on a chalkboard. You don’t want to be writing an exam on a blackboard. You don’t want to be sitting in a room and doing homework. You want to be talking to your students. That’s why art matters. It’s not just for the classroom. The art is for life. The art is for family. The art is for friends. The art is for your own creativity.
A whole ton of what we know about the art is in the art books (I’m not a huge fan). But it’s all in the art book. The art is the book itself. It’s a little something we learn from our childhood, but it’s the art of life.
As I write this, I am sitting in the art room of my parents’ home in California. They have a new home remodeled, so I am the one doing the remodeling. I am looking at the art on the wall, and it’s beautiful. And then I notice a piece of art that looks like it’s been painted on wet cement. And I am a bit worried. Like my parents, I have a few art books.
This is a good thing, because I’m not sure what kind of art book this is. It’s an art book called “You Paint Your Own Home.” It’s made by a guy named John Lautner. It’s about painting your own home with a digital paintbrush. The book is a collection of ideas that he has gathered from his visits to real-life houses.