As an Art Educator, I hold fervently to the belief that Art is not just an innate ability for the select few. Art skills can be taught to anyone at any age. With a creative approach to teaching art, the “I can’t draw” syndrome can be overcome. The pride on a student’s face, the first time they produce an art work, beyond what they thought they could achieve, is truly a rewarding personal growth experience, for student and teacher. Art, for me, also offers the unique opportunity to teach skills not usually ... read moretaught by any other subject. In today’s increasingly visual world, it is important to teach students how to read, access, decode and evaluate images. For we are constantly surrounded by visual creations from the clothing we wear, to the hairstyles we have, the way we decorate our rooms, to the cars we are transported in. Being able to critically understand these creations helps us better understand our world and therefore function more successfully in it. Moreover, this ever changing and challenging world often requires more than one creative solution to a problem. Art enables a student to understand that there is more than one “correct” answer, and challenges students to think in more than one dimension. This approach has been has been successfully rewarding through my initial years teaching at the Middle School and High School level, in the specialist areas of Visual Art, Design as well as Critical Art History, in Johannesburg South Africa. Serving as Chairperson of the Association of Professional Teachers for the Visual Arts, helped me actively promote Art Educator development in new methodologies and aid in increasing public profile of art in the community. Subsequently, as a board member of the South African Association of Art Historians, I was granted the opportunity to work on a national body for the development of a new critical Art History curriculum for a multicultural nation. After relocating to the United States, and being appointed as Cultural Arts Instructor for Ceramics and Decorative Design, covering ages 3 to 9, I learned that Art is truly an international language that all students can speak. I now bring to my school an approach to education that combines an international knowledge base, and a passion for my subject, cultivated by my High School Art teacher, who inspired, guided and ultimately changed the course of my life.