Teacher Feature: Dubach’s Lauren Dixon encourages love for art

Lauren Dixon enjoys working with children and had a love of art from a young age. After receiving her bachelor’s degree as an art major in fine arts from Louisiana Tech, she then earned her master’s in education there as well.

Dixon said she felt “it was natural to pursue a career as an art teacher,” and became the first educator in her family.

After teaching for four years at Glenview, Dixon began teaching her passion, art, at Dubach Elementary School. She is in her 10th year at Dubach and said she absolutely loves it. She teaches computer on Mondays. Tasked with teaching P.E., computer and art during 2020-2021, she was happy to be back focusing on PreK-5 art this year.

“I came into a unique opportunity when I began teaching at Dubach in 2012,” Dixon said. “Only students in the gifted and talented art program received art instruction. This allowed me to create a completely new art program designed for Dubach from the ground up.”

Dixon added that sharing her love for art increased her joy in her profession.

“Art is my passion and being able to share it with my students makes me happy.  I love when they are proud of what they have created or when I see them work past a mistake by changing the direction of an art piece,” Dixon said. “My students have learned how to take a mistake and turn it into an opportunity.”

Dixon stresses she teaches confidence. She explains to students that if they are proud of what they create, that is what matters. It also lets them know that they are finished.

“I remind them that some of the greatest artists throughout history, such as Vincent Van Gogh, were told their art was no good and now their paintings are considered some of the most famous in the world,” she said.

Dixon added that she is blessed to work with amazing administrators, teachers and community members at Dubach that support her and the art program. Dubach may small, but the strong support of the community has made the art program thrive.

Dixon has served as an assistant coach for the Dubach Cross Country team for eight years. She is a member of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council, National Art Education Association, and recently served as northern vice president of Louisiana Art Education Association. These keep her connected with current strategies and new art techniques. 

“I feel it is important for me to continue my art education which in turn makes me a better teacher,” Dixon said.

Dixon said her favorite part of teaching is when students apply their learning, especially when they think outside of the box and try new techniques. She enjoys seeing unique finished pieces.

“The Dubach art studio is a place where we can embrace our differences and make something great and feel good about it,” she said.

Dixon’s advice to students is “Don’t stop until you are proud, Whatever you are working towards, believe in yourself and set your goals high.” She encourages parents to support their student’s ideas and spend quality time building their confidence.  

Dixon said that being an elementary art teacher is her dream job and for those who also want to teach art, they have challenges and rewards in store.

“Accept the challenges as the rewards are greater,” she said. “Share love for art with students, and they will feed off your passion.”

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