Inside my classroom students are empowered to find their own artistic voice and are allowed to express themselves in a safe environment. Incorporating student choice into my art curriculum has increased student engagement and motivated students to continue their learning outside of my classroom. As an art educator, I know that I have successfully motivated my students when they create art outside of class requirements and bring new ideas into the classroom. Young artists in all of my classes are expected to express personal beliefs and values, develop craft, envision new ideas, understand the arts community, observe the world around them through an artistic eye, engage and persist through challenging tasks, stretch and explore with new ideas and media, while reflecting through the entire process. Student learning in my art room branches across multiple disciplines through self-directed projects. Each learning experience should incorporate gained knowledge from their core classes, in class demonstrations, and their own personal life experiences while creating meaningful and purposeful art. It is my goal that all students select challenging tasks while applying their learning to these art pieces. The ability to self-direct their learning, manage time and behavior appropriately, work individually and in teams are all essential skills that students will need when they enter the workforce. Creating art through a Teaching for Artistic Behavior and Choice Based Learning approach allows my students to receive and grow these skills in a safe and engaging learning environment while meeting their own personal needs.