Degrees and Certifications:
BFA - Rhode Island School of Design; Illustration MAT - Massachusetts College of Art & Design; Art Education
Mr. Jack Turnbull - Art
“the more art you make, the more you you become.” - Gary Panter
Being an art teacher is about building inquisitive minds through art experiences. In art class, lessons are designed to show students a variety of different crafts through specific art experiences. For example, I teach students the vitality of observation through observational painting exercises, the value of persistence with animation exercises, the necessity for reflection through illustration assignments, the thrill of experimentation by introducing unfamiliar objects as materials, and the joy of creation when an artistic vision is produced. The paintings, sculptures, animations, drawings, and objects that are produced in class serve as souvenirs of the experience of creation, which is vital for our country’s culture, economy, and, most importantly, its soul. The driving through line of creation is an inquisitive mind, which is developed through the experience of making art.
When my art class is successful, it can be seen and felt within the school. In some cases, quite literally seen in the form of murals and exhibited student work. But success can also be felt in more subtle ways. Students are more focused, more observant, more inquisitive, more reflective, or more willing to take risks. They are also more comfortable with one another due to the collaborative nature of my art classes.
Critique and the ability to describe complex visible pieces are vital for students’ development. Critique is an important part of my class, as it is the most direct way to reflect in class. I strive to give students the means to produce art that describes what they see. It is important that my students make the art that they are enthusiastic about while simultaneously stretching and exploring.
Art is a powerful substance. It inspires, empowers, endorses, and educates. Art has started riots, but art also exemplifies and reveals our most precious moments. It heals, it forgives. It says hello and goodbye. It is attainable to everyone. It can, and does, change society, for better or for worse. Making art forces students to confront their values, shape their aesthetics and help them along as they and their place in society.