2017-2018  teaching

I work with Raleigh schools and organizations to teach programs through the United Arts Council Artists In Schools.  If you are interested in learning more or to book me to come to your location, please get in touch through the CONTACT page.  All programs are suitable for elementary or middle school students and adaptations are made following grade-specific NC Essential Standards for Visual Arts.


Program Offerings:

Coral Reef

Coral reefs are amazing, vibrant ecosystems that are home to some of the world’s most fascinating creatures.  We’ll take a look at some of them and touch on how we can take steps toward protecting reef habitats all over the world.  We'll also discuss the role of marine biologists.  Recycled or inexpensive materials will be used to create a whimsical reef scene.  Up to 12 coral types may be discussed and emulated in the final piece.


Community Hive

For centuries, humans have been fascinated by bees and the homes they make.  We’ll take a look inside a honeycomb and try to understand why scientists and mathematicians alike are astounded by its infrastructure.  Students will gain an appreciation for geometric design and the industrious and efficient methods bees employ as they work together to create a ’hive.’  From the design stage through to the installation of the final project, students will work in teams and delegate tasks in order to complete the large-scale collaboration.


Topography Maps

Cartography is one way humans have sought to create order, establish boundaries and better understand the world around them.  Making a map is a fantastic way to visualize a lot of information, but maps can take a lot of different forms. We’ll take a look at 3 types, observing what they share in common and how they differ.  Basic map reading skills will be covered and students will try their hand at being a cartographer.  We will use the Japanese method of Suminagashi paper marbling to create the base for our maps, then design symbols and demarcations to overlay on the maps.


Design Your Own

Have a spot in your school that needs a facelift with a bold, large-scale art piece?  Want to design a unique, inter-disciplinary, collaborative project for a specific grade level?  Let's design a tailored project just for your school!