Teaching class by example
BANORA Point High School art teacher Lexi Cutcher is determined to help students find creativity through encouragement and example.
Dr Cutcher, who just completed a PhD in education, is exhibiting works at Tweed River Art Gallery as part of Teachers@Work at the same time as an exhibit of works by HSC students Frameworks.
Dr Cutcher, who has been teaching for 20 years, said she loved seeing the works of students on display and often found inspiration that could translate into teaching programs.
"They are so inspiring - to see their works inspires me in my work," she said.
"At the same time, it's important for students to see art teachers as artists also for them to understand that we teach because we have a love of art.
"I often have one of my canvases in the classroom, and it's great for the students to see me work and for me to get feedback on what I'm doing - it's empowering and inspiring.
"My job is to make kids love art and respect and open their eyes in a literal sense," she said.
"I try to expose them to other ways of trying to capture that uninhibited artmaking ability - that freedom." - NADINE FISHER