I am a professional working artist who considers teaching and advocacy for arts education to be an extension of my creative practice. I have a background in photography, photojournalism and fine art and three years of teaching experience in K-12 public schools. I have advanced training in the arts integration and STEAM approach to learning. I currently teach visual arts programs at the Capitol Encore Academy, and serve as the Arts Integration Facilitator and Co-Chair for the arts team. I am also a stringer for The Fayetteville Observer and independent photographer specializing in in portraits, events and documentary.
I work with individuals and organizations to provide visual arts education, such as artist-in-residence programs, visiting artist programs, workshops, home school groups, preschool programs, special events, parties, summer camps, and more. All age groups.
Please contact me if you are interested in working with me.
Arts Education Links
Learn more about the National Core Arts Standards: http://nationalartsstandards.org/
Learn more about the NC Essential Standards for Visual Arts: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/new-standards/#arts
Learn more about Arts Education: www.arteducators.org
Learn more about Arts Integration: www.educationcloset.com
In my K-12 after-school programs, I teach foundation skills while encouraging creativity and self-expression. I create a structured curriculum based on National Core Arts Standards and the NC Essential Standards for Visual Art. Lessons are tiered and build upon each other each from week to week. Students do not only create art but also learn art concepts, vocabulary, how art connects with other subjects, and historical context specific to that course. Students create their own artwork within the scope of lesson that includes exposure to a variety of media, incorporating the elements of art and principles of design, and introducing artists and art history. Each course session concludes with an art exhibit, teaching students to present and reflect on their work by discussing what they have created with their families and peers.
My philosophy on K-12 art education is:
1) Art education is vital to the growth and success of a well-rounded education and should begin in early childhood.
2) Art education is most effective when integrated with academic subjects.
3) Art education fosters creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
4) Art education should be hands-on, comprehensive and teach foundations skills within a larger social context, while allowing for self-expression.
VIDEO: My students and I made a brief appearance in this "Artitude" video from The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County.