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Brittany Croft

Where do you work, and what do you do in your current occupation?

I'm an art teacher at Robinson Elementary in Dawsonville, which is the same school that I attended as a child.   

What do you enjoy about your current occupation? Do you consider yourself successful? In what way? 

I love my job because I get to create art every day with my students. I believe my first year as an art teacher has been successful because of how much my students have accomplished.They have learned about new materials and techniques and used them to create beautiful artwork. I'm proud of how much they have grown this year.

What led you to pursue your current line of work?

Art is my passion and I wanted it to be the focus of my career. I have always loved learning and after taking a few education classes, I realized that I would love teaching as well. I hope that my love for the arts can inspire students to be creative in their own way.

Do the skills and knowledge that you gained as a student in the Department of Visual Arts (DoVA) contribute to your current occupation? If so, in what way?

Absolutely! I learned so much at UNG but what I loved the most were the visual art classes and the teachers that taught them. There were so many more options for art classes than I had in high school. Taking these classes, like photography and graphic design, taught me new ways to create that I had never gotten to experience.  

Now that you have a vantage point to reflect on your art education, what would you do differently?

I would challenge myself by taking more classes that were out of my comfort zone.  

Do you have any words of wisdom for current DoVA students?

My advice to current DoVA students is to use your time wisely (especially when it comes to art projects), work hard but take breaks when you need them and don't be afraid to try something new!

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