I am honored to serve the members of the Ohio Art Education Association as your president. It is my role to preserve, promote, and protect the interests of our association through supporting the Leadership Assembly and the work they do for all members. It is my goal to:
Reach out to members around the state and learn what your needs are and how we as a leadership assembly can meet those needs.
Encourage the growth of art leaders throughout our organization from membership through Executive Committee because we need strong art leaders for the future of art education.
Support positive advocacy for art education through involvement in OAEA, OAAE, ODE, and the OAC.
Build a diverse and inclusive community of visual art educators by promoting professional growth and leadership.
Thank you for electing me and for supporting me through my leadership journey. Matt Young ABOUT Matt Young, Visual Art Teacher, Pickerington Central High School, Grades 9-12 Matt Young is committed to student success inside of the classroom and in life as well as keeping a well-groomed beard. A 1995 graduate of Capital University, Matt has a BFA in Fine Art and a Masters in Education. Currently he teaches Ceramics, Sculpture, Metals, Computer Graphics, and AP art. He also serves as the department chairperson and president of the Ohio Art Education Association. He believes that student success is created through meaningful relationships and connecting art work to real life experiences. Matt is a noted speaker and has presented at the NAEA Convention, for The Art of Education, and various other educational conferences around the country. In addition, he has written articles for Davis Publications, NAEA, The Art of Education, and the Ohio Department of Education.
TEACHING PHILOSOPHY As art educators we are responsible for creating citizens who, even though they themselves might not be artists, appreciate creativity in life. We introduce them to a world in which possibilities are endless and they can think outside the box to try new things. Being an art teacher goes beyond the classroom, to introduce students to a world of culture and community that coexists with the everyday. We show them how to explore the visual culture and contexts clues around them. Hopefully, art will add to their foundational skills of Math, Science, English, and Social Studies and fill in between the lines with colors. Within my classroom I try to foster an environment in which students are free to share as they create, I learned along time ago that a classroom that is united is far more creative (and easier to handle) than a classroom of individuals. I want to make sure that each student’s personal voice is clear in their work, as well as their ability to share that voice with others without fear of repercussion. Forbes stated, in the 14 traits of successful people that people who can share their vision with other and push themselves out of their comfort zone tend to be more successful. I make sure that my students are aware of this and hope to create these life skills and send successful people out into the world. Finally, what would our classroom be without the products of the student’s labors, the art? I try to teach the students techniques and allow them to pursue the product. I show them what the standards are for creating high quality art projects and hope they reach for those standards, to find a sense of pride in their work. After all, isn’t the definition of art “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” If a student can’t stand back and appreciate something that they have built with their own hands, I have not done my job.