Traci Georges is an artist and teacher in Shelby County. She has taught there for 25 years in various roles. Currently she teaches art at Simpsonville Elementary school. 2016 is her first year teaching CFAC classes at West Middle School. Her artwork became very important to her when she was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. She paints goddesses and angels to commemorate each year of survival. She loves pastels, watercolor and alcohol ink, but her art classes expose students to diverse media.  One of her main goals as an art teacher is to help students think like scientists, constantly asking questions and problem solving as they create art.

What do you hope your students take away from your class?

I hope students will learn to think like scientists, constantly asking questions and problem solving as they create art. Art is much more than creating something beautiful to hang on a wall.  In addition, I want to show students that art helps us share our stories with others.  I hope to model how art helps me learn more about myself and the world around me.

What is your favorite thing to teach and why? 

My favorite thing to teach is how art has always played a part in our culture and cultures all over the world. I believe art is a perfect way to show how people can be so different but share commonalities. For example, right now different grade levels at our elementary school are studying the art of Mexico, China and Africa. In March we will get together with other schools in Shelby County for a cultural fair and share each other’s art and sample food from around the world.