Mr. Brandon Heath Tart

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Master of Art in Teaching, Art Education Bachelor of Fine Art, Sculpture __________________________________________________________________________ LEFT: Enjoy a few of BH Tart's works -- STUDENT WORKS ARRIVING SOON. _______________ "...but this is a place to draw from everything you know, and especially that which you understand..." - Tart As an illustrator, sculptor and former bronze foundry artist-technician who has come into the profession of educating students about fine art, and its production, I've concluded that the lasting benefit of high school art classes both begins, and ends with the fact that your children's brains are still developing at this stage in their pre-adult lives. Art classes (and their relative assignments) provide students with valuable instances to develop creative strategies to solve aesthetic problems, which will enable future decisions to be rooted in high school art students' having been required to think for, and inform themselves. Their efforts in these classes set a precedent, which markedly mirrors and parallels their future efforts in every walk of life; this class is strictly about independent will, study and praxis: their many works which lead to decisions made beyond my guiding strategies. ______________ My philosophy of art-instruction yields an approach whereby I remove myself from students' production of artifacts, so as to place them in a state of creative and cognitive vulnerability. This act/inaction on my part requires students to make critical, a priori value judgements pertaining to composition, design and aesthetics. GOAL: To establish a uniquely different learning environment that serves the purpose of offering students opportunities to use reason to create solutions to their own design problems, so that (as a concept) the "Art Class" becomes a tool for real wold problem solving, rather than a space for dabbling with art supplies. I.e., To establish a solution to the presence of educational dilettantism regarding the visual arts.

Mr. Brandon Heath Tart