My Teaching Philosophy
I create and deliver impactful interdisciplinary art units and lessons that creatively promote pollinator awareness. Over and over, research shows that kids who receive art lessons while young become more imaginative, creative, open-minded, and well rounded adults. As you may know, creativity is an essential part of intelligence, and is often used as a gauge for measuring IQ.
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As an artist, educator, and pollinator advocate, I care deeply about the value of art as a tool to enhance learning and awareness for our natural world. My philosophy of teaching is anchored by a personal goal to be a life long learner and environmental steward. I am consistently improving and evolving my pedagogy through student mentorship, acting as a guide while also being a listener, and a leading role model in and out of the classroom.
I am extremely passionate about the continued development of my, "Creative Beeings,"curriculum where I create empowering units and lessons that foster a stronger awareness for our world's pollinators and the valuable ecosystems they inhabit. I like to call what I do Artivizzm, that's Artivism with a buzz!
Art is a personal and cultural way of expression, but it also represents its time, the societies, the feeling of its surroundings and so many things that are at the origin of its creation. There are many ways to create art, and to approach, look at and interpret art. The easiest is the aesthetic, do I like it or not? The most difficult is trying to understand what is behind its formal appearance. This requires study and and time to understand.
At any of those levels art can talk to us, just how well it does depends entirely upon the success the artist responsible for it's creation was in delivering the intended message to the audience he or she was desiring to reach. I want my students to not only create art merely for its creation, but also for an intended purpose-hopefully one they are deeply passionate about- be it pollinators, the environment or something else that is significant to them.
My art lessons find, at their core, interdisciplinary connections with the sciences, especially biology, language art, history, eco-education, and current events. Designed to bring awareness to pollinator species, the plants they love, and the valuable ecosystems they thrive in. Thereby utilizing creative means for strengthening their eco-literacy and conservation awareness.
Throughout my experiences as an artist, illustrator, educator, and beekeeper I have learned much about the practice of teaching and the development of interdisciplinary units and lessons. While many find the value of arts education to be the ways in which it impacts student learning, I feel the learning of art is, itself, a worthwhile endeavor. A culture without art isn't possible. Art is at the very core of our identity as humans. I feel the greatest gift we can give students--and the whole of humanity--is an understanding, appreciation, and ability to create!
I am an established self-representing artist and educator. I obtained my BFA from The Hartford Art School with a Major in Illustration (focus in children's book illustration). I also studied photography and art history (with a focus on sacred and pre-Christian ancient art).
I received my MAT/MFA at The Maryland Institute College of Art.
Classes & Workshops
These classes and workshops are designed for those beekeepers wanting to add a splash of color and design to their boxes was still keeping them functional and long lasting.
My beekeeping classes are designed for those who have a great interest in gentle, ethical, sustainable, and as close to natural beekeeping practices as we can get. I am all about putting bees first.
My place or yours, child or adult! I offer drawing, painting, photography, and digital art courses for beginner and advanced artists. Intro to macro-photography and photographing insects is a blast! Drawing and painting insects from life gives you a much more intimate connection with the natural world!