In my practice as an art educator, I like to focus on constructing relationships and creating a safe space for my students. In order to build them up as artists, I focus on the power of play and exploration to hone their skills. Rather than focusing on creating something perfectly on the first try, I want them to see value in having fun and see opportunities for growth when plans go awry. I focus a majority of my projects on identity and self-exploration to bring out their inner artist and find their own voice in how they would like to express themselves.
In my own practice, I also like to explore my own identity and the things that inspire me. Though my focus resides in digital illustration, I am constantly looking for new media to explore and tell stories with. I use a lot of environmental themes in my work, as I find the natural world, such as biological systems and animals, something that I can constantly look at and learn from. I incorporate a lot of these themes into my work as a way of reflecting on my connection to myself and the world around me.
Printmaking, styrofoam plate
Personal logos printed and created by 2nd graders. They created their logo designs based on who they are and how they want to represent themselves to the world.
Collagraph plate created and printed by grades 9-12
Air dry clay
Pinch pots created and designed by 1st graders. They designed their logos based on something important to them.
Silkscreen, acrylic paint, embroidery
Tapestry created by grades 9-12. The theme was focused on an important memory that was personal to them. In this case, the student designed her tapestry around Harry Style’s concert and the various vinyl records she would collect of his music.
Linoleum prints created and designed by grades 9-12. The theme of this project was based on a message that you wanted to share with others. In this student’s case, they created a design that shows how we all live and can come from different places, but we are all still a part of the same world, indicating that we are not so different from each other.
- Design Engineering
- Digital + Media
- Furniture Design
- Global Arts and Cultures
- Graphic Design
- Industrial Design
- Interior Architecture
- Jewelry + Metalsmithing
- Landscape Architecture
- Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies