Hi. I am Jean Barnett. I am a wife, a mother, an artist, and an art teacher. I lucked out by getting to do what I love to do for a living…make and teach art. It’s a stressful job and I can’t say that I love every moment, but it is worth it.
I teach at the high school level in Taylor, TX at Taylor High School. I teach art 1, art 2: painting and drawing; beginning, intermediate, and advanced ceramics. I’ve been there for almost a decade and have no plans of leaving anytime soon. I love art. I love to learn about art. I love to make art. And I love to help and teach others to create art and to help realize their creative potential. I mean, I am pretty sure that I found my calling. And, most of my students would probably agree. 😉
I am originally from Connecticut. I moved to Texas many years ago and have no immediate plans to leave. I have 2 fine art degrees. One is in Theater. The other is in Art Education from UT–Hook ‘Em!!
Teaching is not just a job to me. Teaching is my life career. It is my passion. I could not imagine doing anything else.
Several years ago, I stumbled upon the Teaching For Artistic Behavior (TAB) philosophy. It brings process and artistic thinking to the forefront. No more would my students create artwork that I want them to make. They now make artwork THEY want to make. My young artists go through the entire artistic process, from idea conception thru planning and research, to creation, reflection, adjustments, revisions, back to reflection, and then sharing their work with the public. Well, unless they “fail”, which is totally okay and encouraged…along with taking risks and getting messy. I mean, how else do you learn?!
Anyway, once I switched to running my classroom as a TAB studio, I knew it was the right choice for my students. I have watched them flourish and become better artists and thinkers. Plus, I am much happier, and I think a better teacher (and person) because of it. I encourage you to do some research on TAB and see for yourself if any or all of it can be introduced and used in your classroom.