My teaching philosophy is rooted in Constructivist theory. I have a firm belief that a strong relationship between the instructor and the learner is essential to an optimal learning environment. Providing a nurturing and positive environment is important to building creative problem solving skills. In the early years there is a stronger focus on teacher centered instruction but still allows for the student to learn new techniques and be allowed to express themselves creatively. As the child gets older the class room shifts to a stronger student centered environment and gives the student more choices in their development of artistic behaviors. As students enter high school they learn more traditional methods as well as increased exposure to how art functions in society and an introduction to art careers. Instruction can be modified for students with special needs and lesson plans can be upscaled or downscaled for different age levels. Scaffolding is important to communicate concepts. At every grade level of a students art education I feel it is important that they are exposed to art history, social functions of art, given the opportunity to collaborate with peers in class, and to learn traditional techniques.