A Little Bit About Me

Peggy Cline instructs the art classes and programs at Holly Springs Farm.
She is a certified K-12 Art Educator in Georgia.

I grew up near Atlanta in Vinings enjoying nature and I loved to draw, sew and make crafts. Fun times were spent exploring the Civil War bunkers and woods behind our home, making forts, visiting my grandparent’s farms and going to the beach in the summer.

I was encouraged in art by my 6th grade teacher and 3 high school art teachers. I went to UGA and got my BFA in Fabric Design. I worked at BDA/BBDO Advertising in Atlanta for 7 1/2 years in the art department mainly on Delta Air Lines and Alamo Rent-A-Car advertising. I went back to get my Art Education certification at GA State, after I had my children, and have been teaching art since 1990.

I taught art in the following places: Fayette, Cobb and Paulding county public schools, ASP program and Art Fest days in Paulding and Cobb, Scout troops, Villa Rica Home School group, Mable House Arts Center, Art Station – Big Shanty, Marietta Girls Inc., Winnwood Retirement Home, Marietta/Cobb Museum, Booth Museum, Cartersville Boys and Girls Club, Hands of Christ After School Program, Historic Dallas Courthouse Gallery and Studios and Holly Springs Farm.

Ron and I met at UGA and have been married since 1981. Ron is a computer analyst and enjoys gardening, playing bluegrass music, and taking care of his animals in his spare time. We have two grown children, Lara and Steven. Lara is married to Matt and they have two sweet boys, Evan and Colin. Matt is a computer programmer. Steven is married to Casi. Lara, Steven and Casi all work at Lara’s Graphic Design firm in Cartersville.
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My Art Philosophy:
I feel Art is Essential in Life and should be nutured in the home and schools. I encourage my students to think creatively, see the beauty all around them and have fun!

 

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My Philosophy for Teaching Art:
I believe the arts are an essential part of the curriculum in our schools. Exposure to the arts not only enriches our lives, but is fundamental in developing the mind of each individual. Education in the arts must be nourished, exercised, and guided by a qualified teacher who encourages creativity and growth.

Quality experiences in the arts from a young age is critical in developing a successful student. Art touches every aspect of our lives. Its presence is seen in our architecture, home furnishings, landscapes, clothing, advertising, and product design. Art illustrates ideas and makes our lives more enjoyable.

Recognition of student’s artistic achievements is important to validate what they are doing. Society needs to value and encourage creativity and make art a priority in the schools.

Art education teaches students a visual method of communicating their ideas and feelings. Like all methods of communicating, it must be nurtured and learned in order to create a well-rounded individual.

Students need specialized art rooms at school with a qualified art teacher and an art corner at home. We must teach creative problem solving in every area in our educational system from math to art. Art training is a fundamental part of our education and the art programs are essential and a viable academic endeavor.

Visual acuity and perceptual awareness must be developed by qualified art teachers and nurtured in the home. Art instruction should be well-researched, organized, encourage aesthetic awareness and foster creativity. High standards encourage excellence and growth.

Students who participate in art programs that engage the mind and uplift the spirit are likely to develop a whole new attitude towards coming to school. Art makes subjects come alive and reinforces the learning of all subjects.

Art education should include art history, critical thinking skills, and a deep understanding of aesthetic principles. All of these joined to the spirit of individual expression that makes learning in the arts such a joy. Art is a discipline rich in history, concepts, skills, and philosophy.

A successful art experience helps build self-esteem and sensitivity. Teachers should treat questions and imaginative ideas with respect; show students their ideas have value; have them realize the role of art in our world; teach the underlying cognitive abilities; and provide practice with feedback.

Art education leads to creative thinking and a fuller, more meaningful life. In order to upgrade visual awareness and the cultural strength of our nation, the role of the arts must be considered essential.

National Art Standards

Georgia Visual Art Standards