I’m not sure art can actually be taught, but I am convinced there is much about art that can be learned. Art courses offer students opportunities to give visible form to ideas; to work with their hands as well as their minds; to develop a productive work ethic; to explore intersections between the physical and non-material aspects of their lives; and to advance their ability to make critical and informed judgments about important issues. In an educational environment, the art works students create 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.