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The Journey to Becoming a Public School Art Teacher

CWU Visual Arts graduate and gallery attendant Victoria Philp.

Check out the new on-campus exhibit "Making an Art Teacher" by CWU Visual Arts graduate and gallery attendant Victoria Philp.

Have you heard that Central Washington University recently reintroduced the Visual Arts Education program? In the exhibit Making an Art Teacher, 2022 graduate Victoria Philp showcases what it’s like to experience the educational process of becoming a teacher and an artist through lesson plans, assignments, and artistic practice.

The opening reception for Making an Art Teacher will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday, November 14, at Gallery 231, on the second floor of Randall Hall at CWU.

“My goal as a teacher and artist isn’t to make more artists but to encourage people to believe that they can create art and shouldn’t be ashamed of it in any way,”  said Philp, who also serves as a gallery attendant.

Growing up, Philp always loved art, from drawing with her grandparents, coloring with her aunt, and taking public education classes. She hadn’t considered that she could make a career out of a hobby, however, as she progressed through the Visual Arts Education program at CWU, her passion for becoming an art teacher only grew. Through her work with students in the Kittitas and Thorp school districts and assisting at Gallery One’s after-school program, each new experience has solidified how she wants to teach art to the next generation. 

Philp wants to embody a supportive and creative environment within her future classroom and within this exhibition. She has worked with students and teachers to form an idea of “What is Art” and now she wants to see what you think art is by coming and experiencing Making an Art Teacher.

See more of Philp’s work on Instagram @littlemiss.artteacher. If you would like to learn more, email