#52: The Creative Classroom: Tim Needles, Art Teacher

Tim Needles



Tim Needles is art and film teacher at Smithtown High School and an adjunct professor at Adelphi University. He earned a M.A. with a focus in media arts from the State University of Stony Brook and a B.F.A. in photography and education from the School of Visual Arts. He is an Adobe Master Teacher and has been teaching fine art, film history, animation, and media arts for over eight years on the high school and college level. Tim is also the founder and director of The Strictly Students Film Festival. Tim has been the recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Power of Art Award, the Suffolk County Legislature Award of Merit, and he was recently recognized by the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts. Tim is also a freelance artist, animator, and writer and continues to exhibit and perform regularly.

Contact: Needlesart@aol.com

In this episode you will learn:

  • How to teach creativity through art tim
  • Why art should be a vital part of a student’s experience
  • Ways in which you can design your class around questions and themes
  • How technology is influencing art class
  • If the Common Core has impacted art class
  • Ways to connect with and have your students collaborate with teachers from around the world
  • How to approach critiques of student work
  • Why humor is so important in the classroom, especially in the high school
  • How MC Escher’s art can improve math practice
  • Ralph Steadmen’s connection with Hunter S. Thompson
  • Robert Frank’s relationship with the Beat writers
  • How every major art museum can benefit teachers and their lesson plans
  • Why improv classes improved Tim’s teaching
  • The differences between art history and studio in art
  • How the art room is different and what other teachers can learn from it
  • Why the image is just as powerful as the word

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