Visual Art Teaching Assistantship at Santa Monica Alternative School House (SMASH)
During my time in the The Artists, Community, and Teaching (ACT): Teacher Credential Preparation Program, I served as a visual art teacher assistant at SMASH for two years. It is a K-8 public school serving around 250 students selected by lottery. Project-based/experiential learning and social skills development are the main approaches inside the classrooms.
I assisted all grade levels from K-8 in the visual arts classroom, planned arts-integrated lessons, collaborated with the lead visual art teacher Julianna Ostrovsky and classroom teachers, and incorporated varied art materials and instructional strategies appropriate to the skills, ages, and interests of students. I co-curated, designed and installed student’s work in District Wide exhibition with arts coordinator Marni Gittleman. These specific experiences led me to a commitment to ensure children of all backgrounds could attain a high level of art education experiences.