Teaching has always been an integral part of my working life as an artist. In my career, I have worked with all ages - preschool to seniors, in a variety of settings. I conduct workshops, classes, residencies, and community arts projects. Each learning experience is designed to best suit the needs and budget of the particular group.
I have been part of Maryland's Arts In Education Program as an Artist-In-Residence since 2002. The Program is designed to promote and strengthen the arts and arts education in Maryland's schools. I have become very involved in arts integration. I am also on the Teaching Artist Rosters for the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County and Arts Everyday.
In my teaching, I am very involved in arts integration. Arts integration is a natural fit with my work. Ceramics, embroidery, and mosaics have connections throughout cultures and history. There are scientific connections in the processes of ceramics and of plant dyes for fabrics. I work in tandem with teachers to guide students through the design and execution of a project. We can design an installation or create individual projects. The project can focus on ceramic relief tiles, embroidery, mosaics or a combination of these media.
If you are interested in a workshop or residency for your organization, please contact me and we can design a project to suit your particular needs. Please also check MSAC and your county arts council for grants information.
In addition to my work in schools I am involved in professional development for teachers in arts integration. I have presented at the Maryland Artist Teacher Institute and professional development classes for teachers in several Maryland school systems.
Engaging in community centered arts projects is a joy. In recent years I have had the privilege of working with developmentally disabled adults, religious and community groups. I love the process of facilitating art making with individuals who may not perceive themselves as artists. Community arts projects provide unique opportunities for community building. They allow people to have fun working together toward a creative goal. We begin with an idea, but where the idea goes and grows, is up to the community I am working with. I am there to facilitate and guide the process. But the result should represent the creativity of the group.
My residency work includes permanent and temporary installations. The project examples here represent a selection of different media as well as school and community work. Below you can browse some representative examples.
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