Nicole D. Brisco
Pleasant Grove High School,
Philosophy of Art Education
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me" – E. Bombeck
"The quote above is what I live my life by; simply it is my philosophy of life and teaching. When I was in college I was asked to write my philosophy. I understood the request to produce an educated response to how I would teach art. I responded by creating a very scholarly paragraph that discussed how art can touch every life, how art gives each student a voice, and how powerful art actually is in our culture. It sounded great, but as a 21 year old who had never stepping foot into my own classroom how could I ever know how teaching would affect my life journey."
"Fast forward to today. I have always believed we are given gifts in life and how we respond to these gifts controls our destiny. Art for me is more than a subject, more than an ideology, or a picture in a book. It is truly a life journey. I remember being 5 years old and asked my mom, "What do you want me to draw?" She would always share with me what she envisioned for my paper. I fumbled through my Crayons, thought, and then embarked on my own personal journey, responding to her but always giving it my own artistic twist." [ - Continued below ]
Exploration of the Human Figure in Drawing and Painting
"Teaching for me is much like that memory of childhood. I decided early in my career to adopt the simple quote above as my teaching philosophy, surrounding myself with master teachers, taking every opportunity to learn, seeking, creating, and re-evaluating when necessary. This philosophy is what I hope to instill in my students and my peers that I have also found myself blessed to instruct. Take every challenge, turn it into an opportunity to put your stamp on the world, whether it is to create a work of art or develop a master concept for students to explore."