Phone: 1(815) 788 - 5550
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors in Fine Arts Masters in Fine Arts Certificate in Art Education
My name is Mrs. Amato and this will be my 6th year Teaching at West Elementary School in Crystal Lake District 47. I have been teaching art for 7 years now, I taught Introduction to Art classes and a Sculpture class in New York at a Public High School. I have my Bachelors in Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting, Printmaking and Drawing, as well as a Minor in Art History from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. I have my Masters in Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting, Printmaking and Drawing from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. I taught printmaking courses while studying at the Academy and feel in love with teaching. After a few years I decided to go back to school and get my Certificate in Art Education from Queens College in Queens, NY. I have taught from Pre-K to College Students. I enjoy seeing students looking, thinking, creating and discussing art of their own, students and other famous artists.
It is important to expose students to contemporary art and art theories that lead them to learn and develop their own artistic vocabulary in the context of the current critical art world. In my classes, I introduce alternative ways of thinking through research projects, reading and writing assignments, student presentations and group critiques. Additionally, I encourage students to apply for artistic opportunities outside of school, by giving them information about the arts. Having students bring their ideas, voice and art into the world is a courageous and expressive process. It’s not like hanging a paper or test on a fridge; it’s there expression, thoughts and concerns in an image. A logical thought leads to clear communication, and an intuitive leap allows one to explore an unknown path. Both of these steps are important. The physical process of making art can be one of the most enjoyable activities. Art has the role in education of helping student become like themselves instead of more like everyone else.