Hello, I truly love teaching art! My name is Malone and I am an art instructor with over twenty-five years of experience teaching diverse forms of visual arts techniques, methods, and subjects. I relocated to Fort Worth, Texas from the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area where for many years I served as a certified art teacher. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. I hold a Master of Fine Arts degree... [more]
I believe that a knowledge of Art History is extremely important to better understand mankind and the diverse cultures of our world. I have been a lifelong student of Art History and I co-majored in Art History while working toward my Master of Fine Arts degree. I am extremely knowledgeable of all Art Historical time periods and artistic genres, as well as of the artists who contributed to them. As a public high school Art Teacher, I very successfully taught Basic and Advanced Placement Art History. And, I also had the wonderful opportunity to teach High School Art History in the prestigious International Baccalaureate program. I always strive to not only give my students an understanding of the development of Art from Prehistory through today, but to impart a working knowledge of the relevant styles and techniques used to create art. In order to accomplish this, I often supplement my lectured information with related, fun hands-on art activities which enable my students to better comprehend the concepts and methodology which artists have used to express themselves throughout the ages. I discuss the theories of Aesthetics: how and why different cultures have formed and expressed their own standards of beauty. Additionally, and very importantly, I teach approaches to Critiquing Artwork so that my students can make and present informed opinions regarding works of art, regardless of style or technique. My goal is for all of my Art History students to be able to intelligently and to eloquently discuss Art History whether it is for a research writing assignment, a verbal classroom presentation, to prepare for an exam, a museum visit, in a gallery setting, during friendly discourse, or simply for personal edification.
For many years, I have had great success with introducing the concepts of formal Art Theory to my students which enables them to clearly and aesthetically express their own individual artistic statements. I emphasize to them that the use of the Elements of Art in conjunction with the Principles of Design is the means to making their artistic statements regardless of the style, content, genre, or subject matter of their particular works. Additionally, I share with my students approaches to Art Criticism Operations which not only allow them to use their aesthetic awareness to make informed opinions about art created by other artists but which also serves as a means of evaluating their own efforts during, as well as after the resolution of their artwork.