Greetings! Many of you may already know that I am heading out on maternity leave very soon to spend time with my baby boy once he arrives. I want you to know that the Holton art room and your children will be in good hands for the final nine weeks of the school year with the long term sub coming in, Mr. Eric Jones. Please feel free to stop by to say hi and to make him feel welcome at Holton! If you do need to contact me for any reason, I will still be checking my email (email@example.com) and updating the summer camp registration information and I’ll be back next school year.
Eric Jones is a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where he received his BFA in Art Education from the School of the Arts. Originally from Indiana, Eric developed citywide community art programs and events for the Indianapolis Art Center for over ten years. Since moving to Richmond two years ago, he has taught diverse community programs and workshops. He currently teaches youth and adult classes at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond in programs that include Art After School, SOL-based Engage workshops, studio classes for seniors, and serves as Lead Visual Artist in a multi-discipline program designed for youth and young adults with disabilities.
His approach to teaching acknowledges the importance of experimentation in art making, developing a vocabulary to discuss artwork while viewing and critiquing, and its impetus for multi-cultural awareness for students of all ages. His curriculum often delves into the work of specific artists, cultural celebrations, and historical influences, to gain better understanding of our world and how it has changed or will continue to change. These focus areas provide many relatable teachable moments that allow exploration via a variety of artistic processes while addressing multiple standards of learning in the classroom.
His goal is for students to redefine what art means to them through inquiry-based discussions about their own art work, thoughtful discussion of other’s successful artworks, and fostering the ability for student artists to make aesthetic decisions of their own, all in a space designed for building positive relationships with others. Through this, he hopes that students will gain respect for personal opinions, awareness of cultural works of art throughout history, find empowerment through artistic risk taking to ultimately become emotionally engaged in the art making process. If you would like to learn more about his teaching and art making, you can visit his website here: http://jonesej2.wordpress.com/
Thanks for your continued support of the art program at Holton!
Sarah Branigan Fought, Art Teacher