Meet Your Educator: Rogelio Casas
Featured Educator: Rogelio Casas
Museum Educator (Grades 6 - 12), The San Diego Museum of Art
Where do you teach?
I am a Museum Educator at The San Diego Museum of Art.
What do you enjoy most about teaching art?
Often children are intimidated and feel pressure to do well right away. Then something happens. They take a chance or learn a new technique and become excited to learn more and keep practicing. That spark and enthusiasm are what drive me to keep teaching.
What is your most memorable experience at the Museum?
I visited the Museum for the first time in high school. I had a very supportive teacher who explained the important role the Museum plays in our lives and in our community. I was able to see history and experience on display. This has stuck with me.
How is The San Diego Museum of Art represented in what you do in your classroom?
My situation affords me a unique perspective. Working for the Museum, my classroom is the Permanent Collection. The resources are many: from fellow Museum educators to the Museum Library and Archive. Working from the Permanent Collection and the many resources the Museum provides allows me the flexibility to create diverse lesson plans and ultilize experimental mediums.
Through our outreach programs, I am able to go to alternative schools, urban and rural community centers, and bring art to the juvenile detention facility. We also host schools for a week at a time through the School in the Park program where we incorporate the core standards and collaborate on curriculum development.
What is your favorite art lesson?
My current favorite lesson involves creating clay Buddha sculptures with wire armatures. The students were really engaged with this project.
What is your favorite artwork or exhibition at the Museum?
I always enjoy the modern and contemporary art galleries. They have been rotating some really great pieces in alongside some of my old favorites. My current favorite work on view is The Penitent Magdalene by Jusepe de Ribera in the European Art galleries upstairs.