“Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else.” – Sydney Gurewitz Clemens

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We are in full swing of fall programming, and in the realm of art education, fostering genuine connections with the tiny humans is a cornerstone of effective teaching and a catalyst for learning in the art studio. When my students feel seen, heard, and valued, their engagement, freedom to express themselves, and their creative motivation soars.

Here are the strategies that Raising Artists has implement in the program over the past 9 years, and coached our teaching partners, staff, and volunteers with, in order to better connect with the your children – our students, on a deeper level.

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Cultivate an Inclusive Environment:
Create the studio atmosphere that is welcoming and respectful. Address students by their names, encourage open communication, and ensure everyone feels valued. An inclusive space sets the stage for meaningful interactions.

Show Genuine Interest:
We go beyond artistic discussions and take an interest in students’ lives. We ask about their interests, hobbies, what they did this weekend, what they had for breakfast and their aspirations. Demonstrating that we care about their individual growth fosters a sense of belonging.

Active Listening and Lead with Empathy:
Listen attentively when the students speaks. Show empathy by understanding their perspectives and acknowledging their feelings. This validates their experiences and strengthens our connection. Demonstrating empathy and understanding shows that you are making an effort to see the world from their perspective and take their feelings seriously.

Establishing Trust and Comfort:
When you physically kneel down or sit at a child’s eye level, you appear less intimidating and more approachable. This can help children feel more comfortable and willing to open up to you.

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 Personalization and Relatability:
Share personal stories that students can relate to. These anecdotes make you more approachable and help students see the human side of their art educator.

Celebrate Creative Success and Provide Support:
Acknowledge students’ creative and artistic achievements, both academically and personally. Provide constructive feedback that highlights their creative progress and offers guidance for improvement. Offering support and recognition boosts their confidence, their creativity and trust in us.

As mentioned, we have found that over the last 9 years by implementing these strategies the impact of art educator-student connections goes far beyond the studio. When our art teachers create a foundation with the student for not only artistic success but also personal growth. The bonds formed between art educators and students inspire a positive learning environment where students are more willing to engage, take risks, explore their creativity and contribute actively. These connections become the pillars upon which students build their artistic educational journey and shape their future endeavours. By dedicating time and effort to connect with students, art educators have the power to make a lasting and meaningful impact on their lives.

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Until then,
The Art Teacher