As an art educator, I like to plan and teach with the knowledge that I must thoughtfully consider the skill of creativity as a foundation with which to build all artistic inquiry and learning. Acknowledging and utilizing students’ individual and unique interests, knowledge, and skill sets, as well as helping them work through artistic anxiety in various playful ways. Students are given opportunities to practice with familiar and unfamiliar materials, and have a multitude of opportunities to work through their own personal ideas. I encourage artistic risks and experimentation. I like to embolden student artists to move through the inevitable and self-declared awkward reactions to their inquiries, and realize that missteps, blunders, and oversights are opportunities for growth and positive artistic detours.