Harwinton Consolidated School
Ms. Liz Spring
| |Hello: My name is Liz Spring and I am the art teacher at Harwinton Consolidated School. I have
taught art in Region 10 for more than 15 years.
I believe that children have an inherent ability for creating art. Embracing that belief, I look
at my students and myself as lifelong learners. I plan meaningful art experiences that
connect to the learning students are doing in their classrooms, as well as historical and
Art is one of the most important ways people tell us how they view the world. To be here
in this world, at this place and time, can be explored through the works of artists of all ages.
Creating art gives a child the unique ability to explore without the fear of failure. Each
lesson I teach, either new or honed through years of teaching, allows students to learn
through doing. In my room, students have the opportunity to make mistakes and problem
solve, In this way, art lessons can be not only successful, but relevant. Art education
encourages the ability to value oneself and others, and to approach the world with a desire
As a teacher, I consider myself an enthusiastic facilitator to the students' critical thinking
Through inquiry, students learn to investigate, question, and critique art. In my class, I
want to invite risk-taking in art making and creating.Ideally, art should be connected to other
subjects. With interdisciplinary studies and collaboration between teachers, students can
explore the concept of a cohesive community.
The arts are the perfect vehicle for integration with literature, history, the environment,
and much more.
In the immortal words of Alexandra Trenfor:
"The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see."
In my art room I spend a great deal of time showing children where to look.
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