Marlboro College (Art Psychology)
Union Institute & University (MEd)
I began painting and drawing as a young child. My mother says I just couldn’t help myself; I’d draw on the walls, my toys, and yes, even painted the formal living room sofa (because no one used that room anyway). My childhood was spent in Spartanburg, South Carolina and at 17 I attended the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts.
In 2008 I graduated from Marlboro College in Marlboro, Vermont with a B.A. in Visual Art and Psychology. My undergraduate show comprised works exploring the abstract qualities and tendencies in nature. Color, movement and texture became my obsession. To go along with my artwork, I wrote an undergraduate thesis examining the theories and philosophies of artistic and perceptual development and the process by which one creates a work of art.
In 2012 I completed a Masters in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction in the Visual Arts from Union Institute & University. My graduate thesis examined the value and relevance of the visual arts in public education, specifically practicing the visual arts not as an extraneous piece to the school day, but as a vital discipline that nurtures problem solving, critical thinking, hand-eye coordination and character development, not to mention gaining a sense and contributing to the wider cultural landscape. Since then I have been working in schools and with children applying my ideas in the classroom and strengthening my own creative desire.
Everyone has the ability to create and as an art teacher my purpose is to facilitate creation. It is through creation that we not only manifest something that is pleasing, but also we learn through trial and error, experimentation, observation, and reflection. Students learn to examine and participate in their world as well as discover new things about themselves. My approach depends integrating different learning styles and subjects so that students are not learning art in a vacuum, but learning the context of art as it applies to history, math, science, and literature and in a variety of learning modalities from visual to kinesthetic.
I am a practicing artist and I love sharing my passion for art with others. For me, the arts provide an excellent application for all aspects of learning. The arts develop a wide range of skills from the traditional artistic technique to complex problem solving and thinking skills. Students learn how to approach new situations and apply what they already know to discover new possibilities and solutions. I began painting and drawing as a young child. My mother says I just couldn’t help myself; I’d draw on the walls, my toys, and yes, even painted the formal living room sofa (because no one used that room anyway). My childhood was spent in Spartanburg, South Carolina and at 17 I attended the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts.
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