Degrees and Certifications:
Hello, my name is Ms. Moran. I am the traveling art teacher, which means that I teach at two different elementary schools each week. After graduating from high school, I studied Graphic and Advertising Design at the College of DuPage and at Columbia College in Chicago, where I earned my Bachelor's Degree. Inspired by my love of art and many wonderful art teachers, I chose to pursue a career as an art educator. I studied Art Education at North Central College and became licensed to teach art to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Growing up in the Chicagoland area is truly a gift because fine art is easily accessible. Research has proven that art is a very integral part of a child’s education. Studying art in school engages students in unique ways. When students see and discuss noteworthy pieces of art, they gain a deeper understanding of the rich history and culture of people from all around the world. Students develop observational skills when examining a piece of art, contemplate how or why it was made, and discover what message - if any - the artist may have been trying to convey. While creating their own artwork, students are making choices that allow them to express their own ideas and feelings to others.
My goal as an art teacher is to provide rich, open-ended experiences for my students while utilizing a wide variety of media. The students constantly surprise me with their creativity and innovation. My classroom is normally buzzing with activity because creating art is not a passive task. Students are encouraged to experiment, problem solve, and persevere daily in my classroom. The students care about their work and are proud to show others what they have made or discovered in class. Art education has many developmental benefits for children. The skills that students develop through art making transcend into other aspects of their lives.
I am truly looking forward to working with your children and hope to see you soon!
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The Art Institute of Chicago
Have you ever visited the Art Institute of Chicago? Children under 14yrs of age are always admitted for free, and adults are free Thursday evenings from 5-8pm. There are also drop in activities for families in the Ryan Education Center located in the modern wing.