Howe teaches high school art because she loves art and students. According to Howe, “It’s the best of both worlds. I love the fact that there is no right or wrong only lots and lots of choices.” She likes being able to teach visual arts to students because she believes a student who creates art is more rounded overall.
Art helps shape students by teaching them that the world around them is all about color and design. People that are more inspired are more involved with art and can come up with creative ideas more easily. They gain important skills from art that can follow them after high school and into life and when joining the workforce. Art classes can help students gain footing in their own personal style and it can give them a sense of identity that they may not have had before. They also develop a good use of composition and design.
The most important tool Howe thinks a student gains from art is visual literacy. She thinks that being able to learn things visually is important because most people start learning this way before any other type of learning.
When asked if there was an art class she would want to be mandatory for students to take, Howe said there wasn’t a specific course she would choose. However, if she could take parts of drawing, design, and painting and put them into one class, it would cover all the basics and be the class she would want to be mandatory.
Howe thinks that while for her and many students art is a fun way to express themselves, for others it’s “as hard as chemistry is for someone else." It all depends on the willingness of a student to go outside their comfort zone and try something new, without thinking they will fail or succeed. Howe says as a final quote, “we all learn and relate differently to the courses we are in."