“Students who study the arts seriously are taught to see better, to envision, to persist, to be playful and learn from mistakes, to make critical judgments and justify such judgments. - These “habits of mind” are qualities that can be useful in virtually any classroom (or life situation), not just the art classroom. -The new study makes clear, as others have done before, that the arts are profoundly cognitive. They help us think, and they help us connect thinking and feeling in ways that nothing else does.”
Columbia College Chicago
August 8, 2007
This quote pretty much sums up my personal philosophy about the importance of arts education, and the contributions it makes to our student’s daily academic experience. Although their time in Visual Art is limited to about 9 weeks, I work to enable my students to develop their technical skills with a variety of materials, and to find personal solutions to design challenges. I believe It’s helpful to expose students to a varied mix of artists and artworks in order to discuss and evaluate technique, build vocabulary for informed judgments, to understand visual art in relation to history and cultures, and to learn how to describe, analyze, and interpret works of art made by themselves and others. Most importantly, it’s my “mission” to design the art classes with enough practice, technique work, artists’ examples, and praise to ensure each student feels that they are successful, improving artists.
KATE POMATTI, VISUAL ART TEACHER
Ms. Kate Pomatti has been happily teaching art to 6th 7th, and 8th graders at Lincoln Middle School since 1991. Born in Fresno, California, she was lucky enough to have lived for a time in Crescent City, California and in England with her sister before moving to Los Angeles in 1981. She received her undergraduate degree from CSU Fresno, and did her credential work at CSU Northridge.