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Barbara Obata, Fine Arts Adjunct Faculty
San Francisco Bay Area
barbara.obata@gmail.com
(415) 235-3606, studiowabi.com

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The Fine Arts Classroom. This is a unique place where courage, curiosity, and growth go hand in hand in every lesson. I strive to make learning alive and breathing and to have meaning for each student in my classroom. Fine Arts study has a special role in society. Students develop a critical eye and interpret and reinterpret what they see every day. They practice expressing their thoughts visually and vocally every day. This study can make them better students, better collaborators, and more courageous citizens.

Privilege. “Privilege” currently connotes an entitlement or right, but in my culture, a privilege is something to be humbled by. Studio Arts’ smaller class sizes offer teachers and students this kind of special privilege. As a teacher, I have the privilege of getting to know each student, and working with the goals of each one individually. Where is this student headed? How are things going outside of my classroom? How does this project apply to a work environment? What’s holding another student back? Can this subject crossover into another subject? How can this student focus on a special set of interests? How can the student grow their learning after this class?

Inclusion.  I work to introduce content and techniques outside of the late 19th century model. Conventional Fine Arts curricula focused on a historical and eurocentric model. 21st century teachers can take advantage of a much broader and deeper base of material.  I work to raise discussions about historical and modern cultures across the globe and within our own economic strata. How does current research modify the way we think about originality, creativity, and innovation?  How does this compare with ideas from earlier times? Other cultures?  This translates into a strong and active respect for each other that radically expands our learning and our idea-making.

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Barbara Obata, Fine Arts Adjunct Faculty
San Francisco Bay Area
studiowabi.com