Why does art play such a critical role in the formation of flourishing humans?  Is art just a hobby or an occupation for a few "talented" people?  Tom and Davies explore the power of art to shape the next generation as art shapes our soul and our understanding of the nature and person of God.  Live at the world’s largest art museum, the Louvre, which houses more than 400,000 works of art spanning more than five miles of wall space!

Live from the Louvre in Paris with 12th grade teacher and pastor Tom Velasco. 

velasco-200x300.jpgTom Velasco teaches 12th grade Humanities as well as Summa Civitas and 8th grade Logic. He holds a B.A. in History and Philosophy, and a minor in Latin. He has taught at The Ambrose School since 2000, including a five-year hiatus as associate pastor of a local church. Dorothy Sayers’ essay, “The Lost Tools of Learning,” sparked Tom's interest in classical Christian education, and as a philosophy major, he valued the Socratic model of instruction for the importance of thinking analytically and critically over the mere imbibing of information. Tom believes that education necessarily implies an “immersion” if you will. Says Tom, "I cannot compartmentalize my life and think of myself as a teacher only when in the classroom. Every moment I have with these kids is an opportunity to teach, or inspire, or provoke to good deeds. Deuteronomy 6:6-10 lays out for parents their responsibility as teachers of their children. This same responsibility is laid upon me as well, since I have been entrusted to aid them in this task. We must speak to them while sitting, while standing, while walking on the road. In short, we must look to every moment as an opportunity to teach them about the Lord and the good things He has done. I cannot think of teaching as a 9-5 job that I can escape from. I must immerse myself in it." Tom is from southern Oregon, but has lived in Boise for over 20 years. He enjoys just about everything, from movies, to backpacking in the Sawtooths, to playing football.

Tom speaks about finding purpose to 7th-12th grade students:  Upper School Exordium: Mr. Tom Velasco from The Ambrose School on Vimeo.

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