Statement of Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is based on a traditional foundation; however, it includes various aspects of a more
contemporary approach to learning.  One of the hallmarks of an excellent instructor is to recognize how to
adjust to the different learning approaches of students.  My teaching methodology has been to use as many
different ways that I can in order to connect with the various students, as well as to challenge them to learn
as much as they can learn.

Teaching studio art is very different than teaching, say, science or mathematics, in that the scientist and the
mathematician usually have exact answers to problems, such as a number. However, teaching visual art
relies very importantly on the instructor's wide subjective knowledge in art and culture.  A good teacher relies
on teaching experience, strong responsibility, and patience in educating and developing each individual
student's natural ability. The effective teacher teaches step by step and leads students from being
unknowledgeable in visual art to knowing the discipline well and being comfortable in the visual art world.

My teaching methods combine traditional techniques and advanced computer technologies. I adopt different
communication strategies to teach students. I use handouts, writing on the board, presentations,
demonstrations, and gallery and museum visits to communicate with my students. Information about the
class and school is very neatly presented in my handouts and syllabus. Furthermore, I make resources
available on the Internet. I show examples of student works, historical masterpieces, and contemporary
works during class so that students can learn about a variety of artistic styles and techniques. Individual and
group critiques are frequently held in class. I encourage students to learn from their own mistakes as I have
learned from mine.  

I love to inspire students with my years of experience and knowledge in art. I am confident that I have been a
good teacher and have the potential to be even better.  I strive to help students to build a solid art foundation
and inspire them in their career paths.









Painting Program at Paducah School of Art
The Paducah School of Art (PSA) painting program offers a series of courses available for both the serious
student of art and the art enthusiast.  Painting I is a course that provides an introduction to painting. Painting
I students paint from observation of still life, learning oil painting materials, tools, color theory, color mixing
skills, general and traditional painting techniques, a variety of compositional approaches, critical thinking
skills, and the exploration of various other painting styles. Painting II continues students’ development of
skill acquisition and practice of painting from Painting I. Painting II students develop concepts in their
paintings, and study human form and landscape. Two of the learning objectives are for students to develop
a global approach and to continue to develop further a “critical eye” in evaluation of contemporary painting.
The Figure Painting (Directed Studies in Art) course involves painting the figure in an environment, multi-
figure composition, the figure in an architectural setting, the figure in landscape, and other figure related
problems.  The course begins with a classical emphasis and then later explores painterly and abstract
approaches to the figure and the figure as a vehicle for creative expression.  

As instructor and head of the painting program, BiLan Liao’s philosophy in teaching is to build on the basis
of a traditional foundation; however, it includes various aspects of a more contemporary approach to
learning.  One of the hallmarks of an excellent instructor is to recognize how to adjust to the different
learning approaches of students.  Her teaching methodology has been to use as many different ways that
she can in order to connect with various students, as well as to challenge them to learn as much as they
can learn. Teaching studio art is very different than teaching, say, science or mathematics, in that the
scientist and the mathematician usually have exact answers to problems, such as a number. Teaching
visual art relies very importantly on the instructor's wide subjective knowledge in art and culture.  A good
teacher also relies on teaching experience, strong responsibility, and patience in educating and developing
each individual student's natural ability.  The effective teacher teaches step by step and leads students from
being unknowledgeable in visual art to knowing the discipline well and being comfortable in the visual art
world
BiLan's Three Step Teaching Method
Step 1: Lecture - Explain the ideas and concept to students.
Step 2: Demonstrate - Show students the way how do to do.
Step 3: Practical Work - Students practice the task, while
the teacher monitors the performance of the task,
making on the spot corrections.


2D/Color Theory

Painting I

Painting II

Directed Studies
in Art - Chinese
Painting

Directed Studies  in
Art -  Figure

Drawing I

Chinese Painting

Abstract Painting

Concept Painting

Intro to Art

Examples of  Still -life

Example of Figure

Course Schedules
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