7-12th Grade Visual Arts
Wayne Trace High School, Haviland, OH
Summer Institute teacher Angie Stokes loves teaching art because she sees it as a level playing field for her students. She’s taught all grades and all subjects, but with art, she sees her students contributing to the conversation in different ways. She’s been visiting TMA for a long time, but participating in professional development at the Museum gave her an entirely different perspective. “I loved talking to museum professionals and getting that background perspective,” Angie said. She felt like she’d walked by the same paintings so many times, but never noticed the things she saw during the Summer Institute.
Angie also loved the enthusiasm of the Museum staff. “They made me enthusiastic about the [works of art], and when I talked to my kids [about the art] they got that same enthusiasm.” Using the Toledo Museum of Art as a resource in her art classes is very important to Angie. When she works lessons from the Museum into her curriculum, her students can see that there is much more to art than just professional artists. The math, science, and most importantly, risk-taking in the art world can inspire her students to get involved in different ways.