What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching art is a tremendous endeavor. I believe that all students are artists and each will find success in my classroom. The most effective means to achieve this success is by example which typically requires individual attention. It is imperative that students understand that there is no “right or wrong way” to create. They must learn to interpret in their own way. This requires self-confidence, an issue that I address on day one with my students. I utilize an impressive repertoire of art projects that guarantee success and build confidence immediately. Once students develop trust and confidence they become responsive to new concepts and are willing to take challenges. I encourage focus on process and not product. “Happy accidents” are celebrated. My students know that the art room is a “safe” place where they can flourish. Many students have told me that art was the only reason they enjoyed coming to school.
As an art educator, I provide my students with the necessary skills and knowledge of media and materials. This ranges from fundamental to advanced concepts of composition, color theory, art history, critiques and elements and principles of design. Care and attention is always necessary to address varying student abilities. Adaptations must be made for each student and at times, a different assignment may have to be given to incorporate the concept.
In implementing this philosophy my ultimate goal is to instill a passion for art in all its forms and to start students on an enduring journey with art.
What excites you about The Academy at Penguin Hall?
The APH philosophy of educate, enlighten and empower young women is inspiring. I’m excited to share this mission throughout the year. With more intimate class sizing, I’ll enjoy the opportunity to personalize each student’s art experience.
Share something interesting about yourself.
My life is filled with family, great friends, spin class at the gym and reading. Summer is my favorite season with trips to the beach on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. I design unique jewelry and accessories and participate in craft events. Most importantly, I revel in the accomplishments of my two children.
Gail Lake has a B.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She also earned an M.Ed. from Lesley College specializing in Creative Arts in Learning and Curriculum and Instruction.