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My teaching philosophy is based on teaching experience, theories in art education, and my art practice.
Studio Thinking (@project zero, createquity), has been a great influence on my approach to teaching Art. TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behaviours) is based on the combination of common studio structures, Demonstration/Lecture, Student-work-in-progress, and Feedback/Critique, and 8 Habits of Mind or dispositions based on research in successful art classrooms across America. For Secondary students, it is as similar to the Reggio classroom is for Elementary Art.
The experiential educational model also interests me. It focuses on process and problem solving on the actions and skills required, the stages through thinking how to do what is needed next on any project, and reflection (critical thinking), as individuals and/or in groups.
I taught IB Visual Arts, Studio Art, for 3.5 years with Mastery Learning concepts and curriculum at the QSI International School of Bratislava, Slovakia. Students graduated and attended Central St. Martins, London; Leeds College of Art & Design, England; and Savannah College of Art & Design, USA.
I've been teaching Visual Arts and Media Arts in Ontario, Canada, since 2016 at an International School. Students have graduated to attend Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Foundation of Art, and Animation programs, at Sheridan University of Art & Design, Ontario College of Art & Design, and Concordia University (Quebec).
Technology is integrated in my classroom, in the following ways;
I search out the possibilities in Art Education programs, such as GCSE (UK) currently, and theories or different curriculum in Art Education.
As a continuing exhibiting artist, I also bring to teaching my experience from the professional art world and 15+ years working as a Graphic Designer in Publication design, and with illustration experience. A few of my reference books are:
I have participated in professional development art workshops that are provided by schools, school boards, and education associations, such as,
My own interests and research have resulted in the web sites:
I provided the PD workshop to Teachers, Art for Multiple Subject Elementary Classrooms, at the QSI Eastern Europe PD days, (Bratislava, Slovakia).
I am certified by the Ontario College of Teachers, Canada, and have met the Province of Ontario standards in the Visual Arts. I have also found them to be an excellent guide for my international teaching placement.
Lesa Moriarity, OCT
BFA, Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, 2000
BEd, Queen's University, 2007
MFA, University of Leeds, 2003
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