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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 »

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 »

Living Arrows Designs

Every year I pick a theme…usually it is something I want to work on inside myself, or meditate upon.   After much soul searching the phrase “Creative Arrow” came to mind.  I want to be a person that, for myself and others, creates a focused path to and with creativity.  With that in mind, I more »

My Story: Teacher’s Helpful Hints

For those of you who aspire to teach, or are visual artists without much teaching experience I recommend a few things in order for your class to run smoothly… 1) Edit down your ideas!  You need to have very specific things to accomplish in a class in order for your students and yourself to feel more »

My Story: Education & Training

I never thought I would become a teacher.  Actually, I resisted it in college (Carlow University when it was still just a College).  Most people in the art therapy crew pursued an arts education certificate as a back up plan.  We were all required to take an arts education class, or two for our art more »