We’re profiling all of the teachers who make up our community of courageous learners. We started with Todd, Katie, Sally, and Kelly in our Middle Grades. Today, we’re introducing you to our art specialist, Kelley Taylor!
Just like Sally, Kelley is a triple threat: TCS teacher, parent, and alum! She’s taught at The Children’s School for 15 years, and prior to that worked at Camp Discovery during the summers. When you add up Kelley’s years as a student and teacher, it’s safe to say that she’s spent more than half her life at TCS!
What skills do you hope students will learn by the time they graduate from TCS?
As a teacher, I’m always looking for new ways to challenge our learners to think outside the box. I expose my students to working artists using unconventional tools and diverse materials. In class, we work to see the vast number of ways art is a part of our world. My goal is to inspire creative thinkers. I want to reach each student who walks through my door and spark their personal creativity.
What about teaching makes you excited to come to school every day?
Every day is different! I get to come to work and watch students explore their own artistic side, laugh and have fun. Also, this is the first year both my boys are here with me. It is very special to work at the same place where your children go to school.
Tell us about one of the most rewarding moments in your teaching career.
Several years ago, I was teaching my sixth graders about Claes Oldenburg’s monumental sculptures of everyday objects. We studied countless pieces by the artist. A few months later, an ecstatic student from that grade shared with me that she got to see one of his pieces in person. She told me in such great detail about how his work impressed her. Moments like this are so rewarding. To see a student really connect to a piece of art is magical.
If you could meet any fictional or historical figure, who would it be?
I would love to have been a fly on the wall of Henri Matisse’s studio. To have the opportunity to watch him create, would be a dream come true. His art mesmerizes me. The way he used color, pattern, and shape is beautiful!
What is something none of your students know about you?
I love Halloween! I start thinking about costume ideas months in advance. Ever since my first son, Harrison, was born, I have always made our family costumes. It is an important creative outlet for me.