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Arts Advocacy 2017

Every day that I work as a Teaching Artist is another day that I see the positive changes that art can bring to students, teachers, schools, and communities. Whether it’s with 5 year olds learning about spiders and the various environments that they can live in; or 7th graders learning how to use mandala art more »

Avonworth Primary Center Artist Residency Project

In the Summer of 2016, I was asked to be a part of Studio A which was an endeavor organized by Avonworth School District. At Studio A, in-school educators, teaching artists and practitioners of design-based thinking, came together to learn how to incorporate the arts and design into curriculum topics for K-12 learners. I decided more »

emPOWERment project Artist-in-Residence

In 2016, I was lucky enough to be the Artist-in-Residence at POWER, the Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery.  It was a project that I had been thinking about since 2012 after a meeting about the POWER Collection, a collection of artworks inspired by POWER, created by local artists, and sold to raise funds more »

Artist Residency Project- Brashear High School

I am so grateful that I had the chance to be a Residency Artist with Brashear High School’s Fiber Art students! This project was a collaboration between myself and fellow artist Rose Clancy. We worked with high school students at Brashear High School, art teacher Jennie Canning and the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh’s outreach endeavor, more »

Artist Residency Project: Beechwood Elementary School

Fourth graders are Beechwood Elementary rock! I was fortunate to work with these students in May 2015. Each student was assigned a State of the Union to research. We used the symbols of each state to create a motif that each student used many times over: in ipads drawings, tessellations, stamps and drawings! See what more »

Artist Residency Projects- Bobtown Elementary School

I’ve been a Teaching Artist for over 14 years…in schools, community organizations, after school programs, museums… In the late fall of 2015 I was a Teaching Artist at Bobtown Elementary School. I was able to intensely work with the students in the 11 days we worked together. Instead of bringing in one-off activities that can more »

Fall Class: Layered Shibori

I’ll  be teaching Layered Shibori Workshop at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in October. This multi-level class will teach you how NOT to muddy the colors you want to achieve using fabric dyes, shibori techniques and hand-painting. To be honest, this may be the best set of lesson plans I have planned for a more »

Collage Surface Design Class on August 23!

Learn how to create your own collages based in memory and art elements. Then, we’ll explore how to make these collages into repeat that can be printed onto artisan papers, gift wrap and textiles! Everyone will leave with one or more finished collages, plus files to upload to print on demand websites such as Spoonflower. more »

Spring Education

I love spring. The other day Adam and I took a walk in our woods and saw 2 turkeys, 2 woodpeckers, 2 snakes, 1 hawk watching over the nest and numerous bugs, cardinals, robins and other small birds. It was amazing, Spring is also the time of year when I want to start new things. more »

Open Studio Class: April 17

**Usually Open studios include no teacher instruction, and have prerequisite requirements.  However, the April 17 Open Studio includes a FREE lesson on how to create your own dyebath. Perfect for fabric dyeing novices.  Do you have some experience with fabric dyeing, but don’t have the facilities at home to cleanly do it? Have you always more »