Skilly-do ♥ Creative Early Educators - Susan Comer Fisher

25 April 2018

 
teaching artist Susan Comer Fisher

Today we’d like you to meet Susan Comer Fisher, a remarkable art educator in and around Raleigh, NC. Here’s Susan’s advice for supporting your child’s early creativity: “Encourage children to create and discover through exploration. One of the best things about art is that there is rarely a ‘right’ answer. Great art is as much about the process of creating as about the final product.” Let’s find out more about Susan, her classes, art and passion for teaching ...  

Susan has been an arts educator for over 15 years. Her biggest passion is to provide artistic experiences for populations with few artistic opportunities, such as people with disabilities and very young children. She can be found teaching drama at Raleigh Little Theatre and music at St. Michael’s Preschool.  She also offers seasonal drama, movement, and music classes at Laurel Hills Community Center, Arts Access, and the North Carolina Museum of Art You can find out more about Susan right here on her website. Go, Susan, go!

Why did you want to teach young children about art?

For many years, I was focused on becoming an opera singer. When I graduated from my undergraduate school, I started teaching as a “side gig,” but I fell in love with my students’ amazing capacity to create and  enter imaginative worlds. The pride I saw on their faces became much more exciting then singing on stage.

What’s your favorite type of media or art form that you like to make with children? And why?

Drama! In creating a drama performance I get to use many different art forms to create including visual art, music, and dance as well as drama. Using multiple disciplines gives opportunities for all children to shine and every child’s specific passion to be supported.

What kind of art do you make for yourself?

I actually find lesson planning to be very artistically fulfilling. Planning cross curricular lessons and curriculum is a fun puzzle that has to be solved creatively. Besides lesson planning, I also write plays inspired by dialogue or situations around me.

What is the most rewarding part of your work with children?

Watching children’s faces light up as they share their creative process.

What advice would you give parents on how to encourage their creativity in art activities?

Encourage children to create and discover through exploration. One of the best things about art is that there is rarely a “right” answer. Great art is as much about the process of creating as about the final product.

Feeling inspired?

Our Dramatic Play activities are perfect for creating quick pretend play experiences, Susan’s favorite preschool art form. And check out A Play In 5 Senses for an activity that gives your preschooler lots of room to pretend and use all their senses to help express themselves.

Know an amazing creative educator that works with children ages 2 to 4 years old?

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