Teaching Art During a Pandemic

Elysia Horton

Bonnie Ahrens masks up to teach Art Media Survey. Photo by Adam Vig.

Art teacher Bonnie Ahrens said, “When I was attending university to become an art teacher I took quite a few ceramics classes and I fell in love with it.” Her love really does show if you have been to ceramics. 

As of right now ceramics is a hard class to teach currently due to the coronavirus situation and digital art isn’t up at the moment  as well. Preparing for class so students don’t share materials and they can social distance is difficult.

In photography, Ahrens likes to go on walks with students or go uptown to get pictures. “When students are learning photography they learn to see things around them in a new and unexpected way,” Ahrens said.

She learns about projects and lessons from other art teachers, artwork, books, meetings, conventions, YouTube, and Instagram. “Once in a while I’ll stumble upon something new on Youtube or Instagram that I research into and end up turning into a project,” she said. 

This year has been a big struggle for Ahrens because of the coronavirus, but she’s doing her best to creatively go about teaching art.