Degrees and Certifications:
Kean University (B.F.A., Minor Art History) Kean University (M.F.A. Arts Education)
My name is Robert Flanagan, and I am the Fine Arts and Commerical Arts educator at Rahway High School.
In 2018 I graduated from Kean University, where I obtained my Masters of Fine Arts Education, completing my Thesis research concerned with the authenticity of artmaking and the creative process.
I have been a working freelance artist and musician for the last 18 years, having worked with numerous music artists, record labels, studios and businesses, as well as having exhibited my artwork both nationally and internationally. I'm also currently the penciler and inker of a comic book being created by a local studio. I believe these experiences give me a pragmatic yet dynamic knowledge of art which I hope to share with students.
Constructive criticism and open dialogue are necessary components of education, and I hope to instill this in my student's overall experience.
Artmaking allows students who are often instructed to find the one correct answer for most questions, an opportunity to approach topics from multiple perspectives. By learning to evaluate their own creative process before, during, and after each art lesson, students will strengthen an ability to self-critique and critically approach all subjects.