Hello there! My name is Angela Jurgensen and I am a Middle School art teacher in British Columbia, Canada. I have been teaching since 2015, but have been an artist all my life; I graduated in 2001 with a BFA in illustration and love imagining new things.
My first goal when I started my Master’s in Fine Arts was to become a better art teacher. I am excited to be teaching middle school, but it is quite different than teaching high school. I felt a huge responsibility to bring art down to their developmental level and to make sure I touched on all the important building blocks, so they may have a good base and feel confident when creating art. My second goal, which is specific to this course, was to get back on the drawing horse and start creating more art of my own.
I found that this class has helped me tremendously both on a personal and a professional level, fulfilling both goals and giving me much more than I had imagined. The ideas and techniques we have learned during class were easy and accessible for my students, and the way they were presented gave me new ideas to scaffold projects and make them easier for the younger kids to dig into. I learned more about materials I had no previous experience with, including several different types of paper, coloured pencils and conte crayon. The layout of the course and the organization throughout the weeks made it easy to follow and gave me some ideas on how to organize my own classroom website for my students.
But even more importantly, I have learned more about myself and my own abilities this week. It is hard to put into words how elated I am thinking of the freedom I have been given considering my future as an artist. I learned new techniques as I expected, gaining the rhythm that comes from daily drawing practice; but I also realized that we all give ourselves false limitations. Realizing that you can always push through those limits, even after years of experience, makes me both a better artist and a better art teacher.
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