Della Watkins, MAE Art Education
Student at VCU: 1994-1996
Current Employment: Associate Director of Education & Statewide Partnerships, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
What was one of your best experiences while you were part of the Department of Art Education?
I enjoyed interacting with VCU art education and art history faculty. They were professional, knowledgeable, inspirational, and caring.
How did the Department of Art Education prepare you for your job now?
The Art Ed Department encouraged me to take on meaningful independent projects. One such project lead me into museum education!
What do you most enjoy about being an art educator?
I worked eleven years in Virginia public school art classrooms and loved every minute interacting with children. Now, I enjoy working with museum visitors of all ages as I facilitate their understanding and delight of each original work of art.
What role does your art making practice play in your teaching?
Aside from my great love of reading and art historical research, I am an occasional painter and dapple in collage. Each medium helps me better understand technique, style, purpose and subject so that I might help others identify subtleties in processes; recognize cultural variations, and content nuances.
What advice would you give to someone that wants to teach art?
Be sure you have a passion for art and a strong desire to communicate that passion in articulate, accurate, fresh, and engaging ways.