Helen is a museum teaching artist working for the New York Historical Society's education department. She completed her M.A. degree in Art & Museum Education at Teachers College, Columbia University in May 2011. Helen moved to New York City from the Philadelphia area, where she studied Painting and Art History as an undergraduate at the Tyler School of Art. After her Bachelor's, Helen worked for a prominent auction house, recognized both nationally and internationally, and specializing in decorative arts and furnishings, mid-century modern design, fine art, jewelry & silver. With a diverse range of academic and professional experiences, Helen offers a well-rounded and comprehensively informed approach to her practice as an educator.
With a progressive teaching philosophy that recognizes the teacher as simultaneous leader and learner, Helen is committed to maintaining her own artistic practice as a resource for her teaching. She continues to evolve and develop alongside her students, ensuring their experience takes place in a nurturing, secure, and learner-centered atmosphere. Helen believes that effective and successful teaching can only take place in an environment where participants feel comfortable taking chances, making mistakes, and learning that art making, like anything worthwhile, takes time and requires hard work.
With each session, students gain the capacity to not only recognize, but also reshape the outcome of their art making with increased independence. It is her goal to lead students toward a key insight, which affirms that the artistic process actually begins where most think it concludes. Learners come to stress the importance of a self-reflective process, which is key to effective and thoughtful art production. As such, each new effort becomes a progression forward, further developing and communicating a distinctive visual language. This, more than anything else, stands at the core of her instruction.
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