Where I am and Where I want to be (Mindfulness in Art Education)
When I think about my future, I begin to ponder what my next steps are on my career path. I also took time to reflect upon my past and how far I have come. After working abroad in South Korea and working as a substitute teacher here in the U.S. I have learned a lot about what my teaching goals are and what type of school I would like to art at. To get a better understanding of my career goals and ideas, I decided to do some research on what interests me. In this blog post I would like to focus my research on mindfulness practices in Art Education and its benefits.
What I learned from researching mindfulness in Art Education, is that I would like to create a space the is calming and relaxing for students. It is my wish to create a space that feels safe and welcoming for my students. Mindfulness practices in art can create compassion, empathy, and kindness towards others. Mindfulness can lead my students into becoming more engaged in lessons and can help them to focus better on completing class work.
My focus for my students practicing mindfulness, is for art to feel like a meditative experience. I want art to feel freeing for them, like they can truly express themselves and let out their emotions out through creative practices.
After researching the meaning of mindfulness practices in art education, I discovered some mindful art activities that included a lot of art therapy-based techniques.
Let me know your thoughts on including mindfulness practices in the art room and other types of curriculums.
My research resources:
10 steps of practicing mindfulness in the art room:
Mindful art activities:
Mindfulness in secondary art education:
Art therapy Mindfulness activities: