My philosophy of teaching is most concerned with providing students with the facilities to work with material and process to develop objects that stimulate their interests, while providing them with contexts and understanding of how such work fits within the broad art world.
I feel that for a student, there needs to be a stimulating exploration of the work a student is completing which provides a level of engagement even after one is done with a process, or even a project. When something new is discovered, or a skill is mastered, there is a great excitement which is often reflected upon at other moments, throughout the day, even when away from the artwork. This is best accomplished by offering hands on material exploration and skills driven learning. By working directly with their hands, manipulating physical media, a student can have discoveries that are all their own, no matter how many other people have had similar moments. This develops an excitement about the material, or technique, which keeps the student engaged and desiring to search for more answers or discoveries.
As an educator, it is important to facilitate such discoveries not only by providing an environment where experimentation is encouraged, but one that responds to a diverse range of learning. Not one medium will be appropriate for all students, thus by exposing students to a variety of materials and processes, and allowing them to focus in on a select few will allow them to stay most engaged with art-making, and allow them the most chances for artistic development. I feel that for this reason, it is critical that an educator expose students to a wealth of skills, processes and techniques, demonstrating that there are multiple ways of approach to art-making. By studying multiple methods, students will begin to discover what keeps them engaged, and what to further explore, as well as have a wealth of knowledge to combine and build upon.