Judybeth Greene, Teaching Philosophy:
I have observed again and again how arts engagement has a profoundly positive emotional impact on students. Whether it is the joy of tactile exploration, the uncovering of a new skill or the sublimation of a problem, working through ideas in visual arts can create deep emotional satisfaction for students. I support this function of art in my classrooms and give students enough free choice to grow their ideas and there, too, their self-esteem.
Empowering my students is very important. I carry my long history in civil rights and advocacy work into my teaching. I use this background as a tool kit to help guide my students and assist them in envisioning how to use art to advocate for the changes that they want to see happen.