Teaching Philosophy

  1. Art informs us – it connects us to the past, future, and to each other. As a building block of our development we are educated by creative principles.
  2. Art leads us – it helps everyone discover elements of themselves they couldn’t express until presented with a blank canvas.
  3. Art heals us – by allowing us to explore non-verbal forms of communication we can reach a broader audience through visual means.
  4. Art defines us – we are beings driven to create, not solely by muse or passion, but by necessity. From the first cave man that laid down his hand and made his mark, we have been a species of artistic creatures.

Through a strong foundation, the art classroom can succeed in providing students a solid base for discovering themselves, as well as their ability to think critically and creatively about the world around them. Based on this philosophy I hope to both teach and learn from my students.


Leanna Gefrich received her Bachelors of Art degree from George Mason University in 2010 with a concentration in Graphic Design and a minor in Art History. Most recently she worked at the Greater Reston Arts Center as an Education Assistant, developing curriculum for their 2013 Summer Art Program, and sharing her love of art with others. Leanna is currently completing her Masters of Art in Teaching at George Mason University.



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