Rick Ward has a B.S. with an Art Concentration from Murray State University and a MAT with an area in Ceramics from U of L. After 40 years as a JCPS Art Teacher, he has retired and now continues to use his experience as an Art Teacher for LVA and as a Teacher Educator and Trainer for the Kentucky Internship Program in the U of L District, assigned to first year Art Teachers. While a JCPS teacher, he became an Exel Award winner and helped his students win numerous awards and prize money which helped fund the schools’ Art Program. He studies the art of Teaching and is drawn to the Impressionist/ Post impressionist area and the Artist, Van Gogh for his intensity in life and color.
Mr. Ward begins his LVA classes with life drawing exercises to build confidence in the young artist allowing them to trust their hand and eyes to record anything they see. His students will be introduced to different media and produce superior work that is portfolio ready. He wants his students to have the ability to successfully advance in each stage of artistic development as far as they wish to go.
What do you hope your students take away from your class?
I wants my students to leave class with fundamental skills that will allow them to successfully advance in each stage of artistic development as far as they wish to go.
What is your favorite thing to teach and why?
I study the art of Teaching and am drawn to the Impressionist/Post Impressionist area and Van Gogh for his intensity in life and color. Inspired by Van Gogh’s vibrant colors and thick paint, I will pour paint puddles on the paper and encourage the student to experiment with brush strokes, textures and color mixing to create giant flowers.