Through lessons in art, I want to teach students life-long skills and flexibility of thought that can be transferred to many aspects of their life. Although art is often believed to be just a creative activity, there is much thought that needs to be put into making a work of art. I want to show students that like many other subjects, art also requires research to understand the topic that will be the main focus of the artwork. This process of researching and making their ideas into physical objects is empowering to students and builds their problem-solving skills to achieve their ideas for their art. I also hope that this will also turn into respect for things in their surroundings by understanding the thought and actions needed to create something. While including contemporary thought processes like those mentioned above, I also want to expose students to many traditional skills related to art making. Experiencing these processes will reinforce the respect for their environment as well as a sense of responsibility for creating their work. I will also support critiquing of each other’s works to have students learn how to convey their thoughts and opinions while keeping the other person’s feelings in mind to help them learn important communication skills needed to succeed in society as a leader.