• J. Stewart Bio (Who I am, What I believe)
    Joe Stewart
    Phone: 704-528-4536 

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    "Art is not freedom from discipline, but disciplined freedom."
    Rev.Edward M. Catich

    What is an art class?



    You don’t have to know how to draw or paint to take an Art class at SIHS.  In our Art classes I am  here to teach you what YOU are capable of.  I do not compare you to your classmates, but rather we try to assess what you are capable of and try to help you foster your oven learning and creativity.  I believe that the process of creating art is just as important as the finished project, and often times even more important.  Everyone has a talent, you just have to find it.  I do not believe in hovering over my students.  I believe in teaching you the concept, skill, etc. and turning you loose to experiment.  I know that there are students who need constant feedback and there are those who prefer to be given the task and left alone.  I will help you as much or as little as you want.  It is more of a coaching relationship.  You have to make this journey for yourself, but you do not have to do it alone.  Only you can choose to get better or get by.  Either way, I’ll try to help you.   Make no mistake, we do have things we have to cover in the class.  There will be projects you love, and those that you hate….that’s ok...I don’t love them all either, but they are necessary for learning.  I believe in presenting the information and turning you loose.  
    My Mission

    My mission is simple:
    To educate my students about Fine art and the cultures from which it sprung.  To foster healthy self-expression, and edify the talent that each and every students holds inside.  For those special students who want to challenge themselves, I will challenge them.  A lump of coal is just a lump of coal, but with the right amount of pressure, and some polishing, you can get a nice gem.
    About Me

    I have been working at SIHS since 1995.  I graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a major in Art History and Art Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the summer of 1995.  I am the SIHS Fine Arts Department Chair and the Teacher Cadet Coordinator.  I was born and raised in Statesville and graduated from WIHS.  I still live in Statesville with my wife, and 3 boys.  I also teach painting classes at Mitchell Community College.   I enjoy woodworking, painting, spending time with my sons, and watching movies with my wife.  
Last Modified on August 26, 2016