Ms. Ramirez an artist and art educator from Hillsborough, NJ. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education from The College Of New Jersey. Her passion for art began at a very young age. She always been very interested in photography and really observing the world around us. She enjoys traveling as much as possible, she has traveled to Colombia, Puerto Rico, England, Spain and more! She loves experiencing and learning different cultures around the world. She also enjoys activities such as hiking, kayaking and sky diving.
My passion as an art educator derives from the versatility and complexity that art can encompass. Art allows me to not only understand and express who I am, but it also communicates messages and influences those around me. In my art classroom, I strive to share these experiences with my students through providing similar artistic opportunities for self-exploration, multiculturalism, and problem solving, which are tools that allow students to grow in every aspect of their lives.
Self-exploration is important because it allows students to explore who they are, their interests, and what they want to convey to others. Art allows for self-exploration, because it can be used as a means of communication and discovery. By designing various projects and activities that allow students to explore their identity through art, I encourage them to discover and understand themselves in new ways.As members of a diverse society, I believe students can benefit from learning about artists who use their cultures as inspiration in their works. Incorporating artists from different countries, ethnicities and social classes into my lessons provides students with the opportunity to see and understand art and culture from all around the world. Artists such as El Anatsui, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Frank Stella are artists of vastly different backgrounds, but can each be studied as part of one curriculum. Problem solving is another aspect that I aim to explore in my lessons, because guiding students to develop this skill teaches them to experiment with and find different approaches to solving a problem.
Skills like, self-exploration and problem solving, learned in my art classroom are not only useful in the field of art, but also in the real world. I want students to take away assets that will be useful to them in their futures and skills that will create critical thinkers. My art classroom pushes for an understanding of the world around us, rather than only teaching practical skills. Awareness and tolerance of different cultures will be useful in every student’s lifetime, as they will be able to better understand, appreciate, and work with others.