As an Artist/ Educator for the past 41 years, currently working at Rockford Public Schools for the past 25, I have had the opportunity to work with immensely talented student artists in grades K-12. I have always believed and pushed that creativity is critical to our students. Creative thinking and problem solving is necessary across the education spectrum as recognized more with programs such as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART, Math). The need to create is imperative to life. It is essential when navigating the tribulating adversities that come with life. Likewise, Art has the power to educate through creative expression and illustration of social issues. I believe we as teachers have an obligation to aid our students in realizing their creative potential and their ability to express their individual selves. Like wise the ability to collaborate is another essential component in all we do, so to bring this into an art class helps the growth of creativity and collaboration. It is important to recognize that students are learning this and sharing/teaching other students in a most positive way.
Cyndi's ArtPrize Entries
These are Cyndi's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.