YEARS OF PASSION & DEDICATION TO ART EDUCATION
“Quand un élève crée, ça vient directement du coeur. Un élève ne fait pas d’erreurs. Quelque soit la forme de l’expression, elle est toujours bonne et je ne considère pas qu’il y a de mauvais dessin. Je dirais que le rôle principal des arts plastiques est de faire régner la paix dans le monde. On donne des outils aux élèves pour créer. Quand on crée, on participe à un grand projet de paix en soi et dans le monde où nous vivons.”
“When a student creates, it comes directly from the heart. A student doesn’t do any errors. Whatever the form of expression, it is always fine et I do not consider that there is a bad drawing. I would say that the main role of the plastic arts is to bring peace to the world. We give students tools with which they can unleash their creativity. When we create, we participate to a big project of peace within ourselves and in the world we live in.”
Greta Naufal starts teaching in 1982 at both school and university level. She is invited by the director of the Collège Protestant Français first, Mrs. Françoise Bordreuil, to teach art classes when schools hardly offer drawing sessions to their students. She develops the curriculum over a period of time spanning 36 years and establishes a program for plastic arts where students can explore different media in a dedicated workshop/atelier space. She also inspires baccalaureate students to present art portfolios as part of the French Baccalaureate examination and becomes a core member of the academic jury. With an avant-garde approach to art education in Lebanese academic institutions, she organizes trips to national galleries as well as travels for students to European countries where they can see what they would otherwise study in books. She conceives students exhibitions about the Lebanese heritage, environmental concerns and freedom of expression. She coordinates a quarterly newsletter as well as designs the college’s very first logo. In parallel to this, she is included as member of faculty at the Beirut University College, today known as Lebanese American University. Greta Naufal has been teaching introductory as well as advanced drawing courses for over three decades to university students. Today, as a professor in the School of art and design at the Lebanese American University, she continues to passionately offer practice-based as well as research-based courses to undergraduate and graduate students.