My philosophy of art education is continualy evolving and changing with the revelation of new knowledge and most importantly the experiences of life that shape and mold my art and my vision of art education. This view includes rapidly changing technologies, concepts, theory, processes and materials. Core values such as encouraging self-worth, exploration, appreciation for others, and art and expression serve as a constant foundation to my beliefs. These values along with the various roles that art plays in humanity relate to my thirst for knowledge, creativity and purpose as an academic leader.
My first priority in education is to enlighten students to the fact that they can create meaningful visual images which convey strong conceptual statements. Creating art is a means of expression that defines artists. By using experiences, emotions, craftsmanship, and intellectual capacity each person's form of self-expression is a unique potential that educational institutions must nurture. The academic focus must be on an extraordinary student learning experience delivered by highly motivated faculty and staff.
To achieve this goal I believe education in the arts should be culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse. It‘s important for the student to have an in-depth knowledge of how the visual arts contribute to a comprehensive knowledge about our world. The visual arts are among the most important manifestations of cultural heritage exalting the human spirit. Thus the creative process enables the student to understand his own personal experiences within the context of his culture and other cultures around the world. When a student begins to understand the historical and political effects of art, art education becomes more than painting or drawing. It becomes a means to appreciate and identify with others. It also becomes a form of studying history on a psychological level that unites the viewer with the subject matter.
Finally, art relates to and enhances all areas of education as it involves analysis, gathering information, identifying problems, exploring solutions, coping with ambiguity, and reasoning from evidence. It is also a process which interprets information, tolerates uncertainty, forms hypothesis, creates meaning, devises explanation, expresses opinions, and defends judgments. Artists as critical thinkers play an essential role in life that ventures beyond the classroom into the world at large.
Steven Steinman Ph.D.