My name is Kristine A. and I am a current graduate of Massachusetts College of Art with a degree in Art Teacher Education.
While at MassArt, it has been my priority to take classes in various art mediums in order to achieve knowledge and skills to teach my students. In addition I have expertise and extensive knowledge in photography, charcoal/graphite, watercolor/acrylic, bookmaking, recycled art, sculpture, and fibers.
During the fall semester of my senior year, I student taught at the Bridge School in Lexington, Massachusetts. I also served as a pre-practicum intern in Art Education with first graders at The Farragut School in Boston, Massachusetts. For three years and currently I am serving as a mentor in the FIRST Robotics Program, working with students and teachers at Clinton High School in Clinton, Massachusetts. I also began substitute teaching in the Clinton Public Schools. During my senior year of high school I spent six months after school working alongside an elementary art school teacher, assisting in her kindergarten through fourth grade classes. As part of additional pre-practicum work I served as an intern at the Boston Public Schools, Horace Mann School, for the deaf and hard of hearing. More recently I have had the privilege of long term substituting art classes for the Enfield Public Schools k-5 at multiple schools.
Through my recent teaching experience I developed a strong sense of how to create a strong art curriculum and as well as a strong, dynamic classroom environment. Currently I am motivated to create curriculum to connect to art history, different art mediums and techniques but also integrate math, music, science, geography reading and storytelling. I am so interested and curious about interdisciplinary learning. I also feel it is important to use unconventional and recycled materials in my lessons. Through my lessons I hope to give students a better understanding of art mediums and history and also strengthen their confidence in the art making and creating process as well as in themselves. I feel as though it’s important to not only create an art product but also to integrate exploration with mediums, ideas and other learning areas.
I look forward to collaborating with and educating students both in and out of the classroom.
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