Art Therapy (Master's)
postgraduate poetry, fine arts (Graduate Coursework)
I absolutely love facilitating learning and creativity with children (and adults) of all ages and abilities. I believe that the first step is to lower stress and make learning fun. I use active, hands-on learning to help students achieve break-throughs and to raise the bar in their confidence and capacity to learn.
I am particularly passionate about creative learning and problem solving, and guiding students in their capacity to think for themselves. I am patient, kind, and have a calm presence that can soothe learners that are frustrated or overwhelmed.
Some students get stressed about tests and I am particularly good at helping students become better test takers, or more confident as writers, or speakers.
I've identified Art as my primary area (and I can teach virtually any art media) but I also have a background in theater and voice, public speaking, writing - both fiction and nonfiction, poetry and novels - and very comfortable assisting in any subject area. My math skills are weakest, although I can help with basic homework. I also have a love for hands-on science and interdisciplinary explorations that integrate art with other academic subjects.
I have extensive experience as a child and family therapist, with a MA degree since 1994, and have taught from preschool to university level honors courses. By the way, I would love to help students with learning, or emotional, behavioral challenges or trauma that gets in the way of learning, and I especially enjoy working with gifted students, as I know first-hand they have special challenges and learning differences as well.
My fees can be negotiated, keeping in mind that my stated fees are less than my therapy/consulting fees, as this is a commission based position, and I prefer to work with a smaller number of students providing the highest quality experience. I am currently serving as an artist in residence offering clay, mixed media, fiber arts, printmaking, and more. I LOVE art and I am a life-love learner myself. Kids generally like me and i genuinely love kids. :) It will be fun to see what we can do together.
I can offer an outstanding experience both because of my extensive experience as a Master's level Art Therapist, facilitator, mixed media artist, combined with my love of learning and passion to make a difference as I spark a love of creativity and learning in students. For example, I taught an original course "Art for Healing and Personal Growth" with a group of Honors students at U of L, and students that were Accounting, Engineering, Chemistry, Biology majors, and more had life-changing shifts in the course of our semester together. I have strong drawing and painting skills, with post-graduate studio training through Herron School of Art that was top-notch, and I also have the experience of owning my own art gallery, curating shows, and exhibiting my own work. I taught K-8th grade through a private school for kids with learning differences, as well as have facilitated art and creativity with hundreds of art therapy clients, and have also offered special art instruction through LVAA, KY Center for the Arts, KMAC, Jefferson County Public Schools, and more. I've won KFW art-based grant awards, and can share with students that are interested in art as a career when there is an interest.
I have some of my own visual art and writing projects currently, so I plan to be available on a limited basis per week with a select number of students. I would love to connect with students in which I could make a real difference and hope to offer my vast knowledge, experience and passion for learning and art to help anyone willing to invest the time and resources to surpass their own expectations and to explore their full capacity and learning potential.
"Wherever you are is the entry point." - Mickey Hart
oh.. one last thing. I am not young, but I am very young at heart. I have a 14 year old that I homeschool/"unschool", and I will offer you the same undivided attention I offer him so you will know you are the most important priority during the time we spend together. I trust that there might be one, or perhaps a few of you out there that are waiting to blossom, and I'd love nothing better than to be a part of that. I will offer unwavering belief in you until you step into a greater awareness of your own gifts. If you feel we are a good fit, contact me and we can work out the rest. I absolutely love facilitating learning and creativity with children (and adults) of all ages and abilities. I believe that the first step is to lower stress and make learning fun. I use active, hands-on learning to help students achieve break-throughs and to raise the bar in their confidence and capacity to learn.
I am particularly
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I have a Master's degree in Art Therapy since 1994 with extensive experience with children with the entire range of emotional, behavioral, and learning problems. My first job was full-time in a school for kids with SED in an alternative school, and I've continued to consult with principals, teachers and families to meet the needs of kids with learning, attention, and sensory issues.
In addition to having a Master's degree in Art Therapy and experience facilitating workshops on subjects like "Finding your Bliss", I have years of experience as a Creativity/Life Coach and believe I could offer much in this area using my own specialized tools and techniques to help students discover their interests, aptitudes, as well as to set goals and a plan to achieve them. I am also comfortable interviewing and gathering information and with basic tests and measures such as the Myer's Briggs, or Strength's based assessments. I also believe my varied career path over the past 20 years would be of value.
I have more than 20 post-graduate studio hours through Herron School of Art and later at IUS in Drawing and Painting. (Also had major as high school student with special honors with classes at Herron as undergrad student). I have solid experience drawing, painting with formal training in oil, and experimental water based media. I taught several semesters of "Arts in the Afternoon" for 6-8, and 9-11 year olds teaching introductions to drawing, and painting, including watercolor painting. I also taught K-8th art for two years, and have experience teaching basic paint, draw, print and more through various arts organizations and special grant-funded projects.
I have taught K-8th grade with students with special needs as the full-time art specialist, and have also worked with hundreds of kids in school and after-school and community based programs offering special art instruction. I was mentored by a woman that taught Methods to Elementary Art Teachers and learned many of my classroom management and art teaching methods from her. I am currently at a school now teaching over 300 students in 13 classes over the course of three weeks as an artist in residence through a special grant via KMAC.
I am a mixed media painter, that ran my own gallery, studio and curated large national and international exhibitions. I was trained in oils, and water color, but am primarily self-taught in mixed media combining acrylics, drawing with pen ink, collage, and photo transfer techniques. I am very comfortable teaching a variety of styles and approaches to painting, and can adapt based on the age, abilities, or interests of the student. I am exceptional at facilitating creative original work of high quality, and also coach adult professional artists and non-artists alike.
In the mid-90's I began facilitating original creative workshops on a regular basis through the staff wellness and development program through U of L, and private groups in the community such as Mensa, Libraries, businesses, including Fortune-500 companies like StateFarm and have contracted for numerous departments for special retreats and workshops. I am very comfortable in front of both large and small groups. I was chosen as the Keynote speaker for the first Birth in the Bluegrass conference for Midwives, Doulas, and other Birth professionals, and have also presented at Local conferences, as well as the National Arts in Healthcare conference in Nashville, TN.
Extensive experience as a child and family therapist and art therapist in a variety of settings serving very high risk special needs populations, including juvenile detention, alternative schools, hospitals, homeless shelters, schools, and outpatient therapy sites, both regular community outpatient and specialized children's services, such as Primary Therapist for a small intense caseload at Waller Environmental school (my first clinical job in the early 90's) and doing intakes and intensive child therapy through Acute Child Psychiatric, a division of SCS. I also have extensive experience with mother-babies, attachment disorders, sensory issues, abuse, neglect, foster care, violent, aggressive behavior, mood disorders, family and school based issues.