I’m not sure if art can actually be taught, but I know there is much about it that can be learned. Art courses offer students opportunities to creatively engage in academic pursuits by giving visible form to ideas; to explore intersections of body, mind and spirit; to develop a productive work ethic; and to advance their ability to make critical and informed judgments about important issues. In an educational environment, the art works students must be about more than self-expression. They must also demonstrate technical and conceptual growth, along with an awareness of the relationship of art to the larger world. My role as an instructor is to help all of that occur.