My concept for these entries is to track my journey as a traditional art educator who desires to transform herself into a contemporary 21st century art educator. I am hoping to learn from others and to continue to build my skill base. Learning to create art on the computer is how I began this journey back in 1996 with my first class in computer graphics. From there I earned a certificate in computer graphics and design, worked for a time as a web designer and thought I knew a lot. But the technology world changes every second and the only way to keep up is to be open minded and continue following and learning from all that is out there. This is challenging on a limited budget and in a teaching position. The revolution of the web 2.0 and the do it yourself tools such as blogs, wikis and nings has been freeing. Knowing or not knowing how to do something isn't the only factor. Web design, writing, video, photography and more have all been made available to the masses. You don't need a degree to dabble in all of this, but it does help! This class I am hoping will help me continue to sift through all that is out there. I want to KNOW EVERYTHING! I want to stay relevant and so this class is my attempt to do this. I also want to teach at the college level someday. It is my dream and so I view this as a chance to learn more about the education of adults.
I am a lot of things, but the main thing is that I see the world through the lens of the artist. I am visual and experiencing the world visually is what I do. Color distracts and enthralls me. I must be constantly learning and dabbling in new and different endeavors. I still have dreams that I will someday write a novel or at least a children's book (I'll illustrate it too!), open a tea shop/gallery and retire to a cottage near the water somewhere. I have a great imagination and I'm still curious about so many things.