In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Edmodo employees are sharing personal stories of teachers from their past—stories to show you that everything you do leaves a lasting impression years (sometimes decades) later.
I was not an art history major, an art collector, or avid artist; I was excited because I was finally getting to visit the museum of an artist I learned about in elementary school. Everything I know about art is from Mrs. Rosen. Janet Rosen, art teacher at Sierra Canyon Elementary in Chatsworth, California, was a staple. She taught me about art from 1st grade to 8th, and her teaching made a lasting impression on how I think about art today. It’s incredible how deep my understanding is because of her classes.
Before we were allowed to do any type of painting or working with clay, we sat through a very extensive lesson on that particular artist. As a kid, those lessons felt like they lasted forever—especially with the paint brushes and pastels sitting right in front of me. After studying Georgia O’Keeffe, we used clay to make our own flowers, and acrylics to paint a desert scene. When we studied the elongated portraits from Modigliani, we sketched our own self portraits. We created our own impressionist interpretation of Monet’s lilies and Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and combined haikus with the artwork of Ansel Adams. She taught us how to clean up after ourselves, too.
For Teacher Appreciation week, I wanted to highlight Mrs. Rosen for sparking the creativity in hundreds of students and instilling in them a deep appreciation for artists. Thank you, Mrs. Rosen.