I do my best to connect the topics my students study in art with careers they can do in the future. Clay can be connected to making dishes and sculpture can be associated with baking and the designs needed for the molds. Planning designs are skills needed in architecture and fashion. Lettering is needed for sign making and advertising. I also have professional artists come and visit the classroom. We've hosted silver smiths, sculptors, painters, clayboard artists and inventors. It's important that my students know that art can become more than just a hobby.