We asked some of the art teachers to give us a small introduction of the pieces submitted to the SAA 41st Student Art Show and their roll as art teachers, here is what they said:
Ms. Kev Filmore
Convent of the Sacred Heart
I have been fortunate to build a photography program at Sacred Heart over the past fourteen years which uses traditional and digital approaches to help students create interesting imagery. It is always very hard to limit the students to four, since I teach six classes. We choose the strongest work and then ask for jurors to finalize the entries. The arts are very important for all learners and opportunities like your excellent show give the strongest students an opportunity to exhibit and compete in a juried show that showcases local young talent.
Ms. Filmore’s website www.kevfilmorephoto.com
Mr. Paul Cusano
Stamford High School
Currently students selected for the SAA show are working on a body of work that will be submitted to AP Central and includes (3) sections, Quality, Concentration and Breadth. The demands placed on AP art students are high and the work rigorous. Some of the other individual student entries represent work created by students studying drawing and painting or analog film photography. I get inspired by how and what my students learn and the successes they achieve. They are what truly inspires me! The arts are very important to the overall development of our youth in the 21st century. It’s important to provide students with a relevant and challenging curriculum that promotes critical thinking, aesthetic awareness and informed decision-making crucial to their success.
Ms. Michelle Currier
Darien High School
The pieces submitted by the students were from a project I do with my Ceramics 2 class called “collage of pots”. It basically is a project that involves joining multiple bowls or pieces of clay together to create something unique.
For myself, I love teaching, I love sharing my love for art with my students as I am a ceramic artist myself. My artist studio is located Greenwich Village in NYC, called Greenwich House Potters. I would say my overall goal as an art teacher would be to instill a lifelong love and appreciation of art in my students.
Ms, Margaret Zielinski
Stamford High School
I selected student work that was strong in technique and craftsmanship, with characteristics of creativity and innovative thinking. The selected pieces were evolved from different lessons in Drawing and Painting (3 classes).
My role as a teacher is to guide students through their creative process, and to help them learn and grow as an artist.