Teaching

 

2016-2017  teaching

This year, I'm happy to be working with Raleigh area schools and organizations to offer tailored art programs.  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 program adaptations are made following grade-specific NC Essential Standards for Visual Arts.

 
 
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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.

 
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Fungus among us

Students will draw inspiration from the vast, weird world of fungi to create a unique fungus all their own!  Playful and wacky mini sculptures will grow in petri dishes and all over the classroom as students begin to understand more about the world of mycology.  Students will also be introduced to the Linnaean taxonomy system and will take a stab at creatively classifying their work.  (Optional add-on writing prompt asking students to describe their new species to the rest of the world!)

 
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community hive

Humans have, for centuries, 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.

 
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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.