Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Cole Bennett

My name is Cole Bennett, and I am a local artist as well as a native of Colorado Springs. I am interested in art that can be active in the viewer's mind. Art that is exact and specific as to it's content and meaning doesn't give the viewer the chance to participate. So, while I believe that middle school is a good time to learn basic artistic skills, I also believe that it is a time to experiment and come up with solutions to questions the students themselves imagine. I am much more interested in art from the perspective of artists working together in a studio than I am in the artist toiling away with their own vision. Independent artistic genius is largely a myth. Nobody exists independently of their circumstances, and genius is a matter of applied curiosity. I hope that in my class, students will have ample opportunity to have their curiosity rewarded.