Art is a great teacher — revealing patterns in life, providing a medium of self-discovery, communicating through color, texture, and visual poetry. The teaching of art is also an art form — a creative process where the tools of knowledge and experience are used to shape connections between teacher and student.
Nazareth College is one of the top-ranked schools in New York State for its art education degree program. Our future teachers are taught to present the study and creation of art in exciting and meaningful ways while continuing its lifelong development in their own lives. Our approach to teaching art is not simply to have students follow an assignment or perfect a technique, but to find a reason to make art that is meaningful to them.
As required by NYS, students in our art education major put in 100 field hours of observation and teaching in practicums and local schools. As graduates, they have taught in school systems locally and around the country. All are gifted artists and teachers who use their own talents to inspire others.
Bryce, an art teacher for BOCES II, is a representative to the New York State Art Teachers Association Board of Trustees.
Saturday Art for Children and Teens is an enrichment program in the visual arts that was established 20 years ago. Sessions are taught by advanced art education majors and supervised by Nazareth faculty.