Working as an educator is a vital and rewarding part of my practice, grounded in creative communication and engagement. I teach art in a collaborative and interdisciplinary nature to welcome ideas and interests, encouraging participation and ownership of projects and study. I strive to foster conceptual thinking while exploring topics of study, to build foundations while honing expression, storytelling, and communication. I’m dedicated to helping students develop skills while teaching art-making as a “verb” – an inclusive and fluid creative process open to all.
Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 (Teaching Assistant to Professor Kari Marboe)
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Fall 2017 (Intro + Advanced Ceramics) & Spring 2018 (Intro + Advanced Ceramics)
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Field sketching exercises cultivated strategies for recording scientific research and documenting experience. Field sketching sessions took place across the Icefield throughout the summer, and ranged from lessons on perspective, to contour drawing, scientific illustration, note-taking, and shading. Many sessions were led in collaboration with fellow artists Annika Ord, Drew Higgins, and Kristin Link. Blind contour drawing workshops emphasized the value of drawing as a way to foster close looking and observation, to better record information and form of objects - from plants to rock formations to Icefield landscape.
Cyanotype workshops were taught in small groups throughout the summer. Each participant learned about the photographic process and experimented with different exposure techniques, such as traditional botany prints, abstract ways of using natural materials such as snow, and using highly absorbent scientific filter paper.
Using the landscape as inspiration and material, workshops included basic techniques in watercolor painting (including paint-handling, brushes, color theory, and sketching), as well as strategies for observing and documenting information.
Ethan Bodnar and I work with Education Outside to create collaborative garden murals in elementary school gardens in SF. The process is broken up into two phases: a drawing workshop for students and a mural-painting day. The goal is to help students slow down in order to see the shapes, colors, and textures in plants. The drawing workshop provides student ownership of the mural and engages the school community. Student drawings are then used to inspire content and composition for the final mural, which is painted onsite in the garden.
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