Top 3 Qualities of a Good Art Teacher

So maybe you have decided to enroll in an art degree or a follow weekly painting class to improve you artistic abilities.

Or maybe you are an art instructor yourself and are wondering how to become a better teacher to your students.

Listed here are some qualities that people typically look for in an art teacher, which you can use to find or be a good art teacher:

1. Knowledgeable.

Good teachers must know their materials in and out and around. They do not have to be the absolute expert in visual art, but they need to have at last decent understanding about art histories, art practice in the country or region they taught, and full understanding of the curriculum they are supposed to teach.

Not only knowing about art theories and application, but a good teacher must also know how to impart that information to the students. Familiarity with several different teaching strategies is also important, because not all students learn and explore art in the same manner.

The teachers need to be able to offer interesting and challenging art practices from various expressions, from realism to pointillism, to fully engage all of the students in the class. Being able to practice what they teach and demonstrate it to the students are also important, so that the student will be able to respect teachers who are able to use a variety of ways to express art effectively and creatively.


2. Professional.

An art teacher must be enthusiastic about the subjects that they are teaching. Nothing is worse that a dull class where the teacher simply reads off the textbook or left the students to their own devices.

A skilled teacher will balance theories and practical lessons well in order to develop their students’ full potential. Teachers will also need to follow, improvise or come up with an activity plan for the whole semester at least to maximize the knowledge they can pass on to the students, and the strategy they want to use to make the oil painting lessons enjoyable.

They need to have a personal opinion on art, but at the same time are able to respect a student’s point of view on the same matter, that might clashes with what the teacher belief in. Although the teachers are the expert in class, good teachers will not force their ideas upon the student. Instead, they will work with the students to explore various view and issues in the world of art fairly.

3. High expectations.

A good teacher knows that if you set the bar too low, you will only insult your talent and knowledge. Given the different levels of skills and talents in each student of a standard art class, it is necessary to set the expectations high enough that the students will need to work to achieve it, but not high enough to border impossibility.

The teacher must make it clear that the expectation is realistic and can be realized with hard work. Goals are formulated to measure the students’ knowledge and progress, but it can also be a good indicator of how effective the teacher’s development plan is.

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