I am very excited to welcome all of you to my classroom during the 2016-2017 school year. This is my fifth year at NHS and I am looking forward to seeing many familiar faces as well as meeting some new ones! I am looking forward to hearing about your summers and hope you are ready to make some wonderful artwork over the course of the year! Over the summer I had many wonderful art experiences, from creating to viewing. My summer started with a fellowship at the Maine College of Art where I took a class in etching and another in encaustics. Later in the summer the Mr. and I went to Ottawa, Ontario where we viewed many galleries and saw a lot of amazing artwork. We also made our way to Mass MoCA and the Peabody Essex Museum. Below I have a slideshow with some highlights of what we saw!
Before coming to NHS I spent many years studying art and working in the non-profit sector. I graduated from Rhode Island College with a dual degree Bachelor's in Art History and Film Studies with a minor in Studio Art. I then went on to receive my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts (Painting and Printmaking) from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University (now named the Lesley College of Art and Design). After working at a non-profit arts organization for a few years I decided to go after the dream I had since a young child - to be an art educator. For me, the art room was always a place I felt the most comfortable. I was able to be creative and express myself in ways that were interesting and exciting to me. Art was always my favorite subject and I really wanted to instill that appreciation in many other generations of kids. I received my Master of Arts in Teaching, Art Education from Tufts University in partnership with The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA). Before starting my first year at NHS, I spent the summer teaching 7 - 14 year olds in the Summer Studio Sessions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). Being an educator has been an incredible journey and one of the best jobs I have ever had. I love seeing the work my students make and building relationships with them and seeing them grow as artists. Currently, I am ACA certified in Photoshop CS6, Illustrator CC 2015 and InDesign CC 2015.
my teaching philosophy
An education in the arts is vital in our contemporary society. Without a strong art program, students would not receive a comprehensive education in which their whole minds are activated. An arts education provides many important life skills that are crucial to a student’s learning such as collaboration, teamwork, tolerance and self-confidence. It also benefits the whole school community by increasing student motivation, engagement, attendance, persistence, and attitudes about school. Students engaged in arts education will become creative, critical thinkers and able to be flexible and problem solve in unique ways. These factors will benefit the student as they move through life and enter college and/or future careers.
Art education curriculum needs to be multicultural, regardless of the community of the school. A multicultural education benefits everyone. When teaching art from a multicultural perspective, an art educator needs to teach about the cultural context of the art and not only focus on the principles and elements of design. It is important for students to learn about and understand the basic foundational elements of art making, such as form, function and technique, but this should not be done to the exclusion of the cultural intent and context and questions about power, ownership, identity and privilege.
After School Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday: 2:20 - 3:20pm, Room 145 Students may also come see me for extra help during any red day CDS in Room 200H. Any other time must be scheduled with me by email - Thanks!