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Teaching Artist Podcast

Teaching Artist Podcast

By Rebecca Potts Aguirre
Teaching Artist Podcast is dedicated to discussions of teaching art, making art, and how those things overlap and feed each other. Rebecca Potts Aguirre, a visual arts teaching artist, interviews practicing artists who are also K-12 educators.
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#96: Emily McMullan: Practices in Art
Emily talked about her path as an artist from a young age, but also discovering her love for teaching and working especially in special education. She shared how all-consuming those first years of teaching were and how art had to take a back seat. I so related to that feeling of needing to re-discover the artist self, especially after becoming a mother. Emily aslo shared some great advice as a veteran special education teacher in not only encouraging students, but also encouraging yourself. Emily has been a special education teacher for 19 years. She currently teaches reading, language arts, and works with many students who have dyslexia and other learning disabilities at the middle school level.  She has a degree in special education, a masters degree in educational philosophy, a minor in visual art, and is Orton Gillingham Certified. She attended a high school for the arts in San Diego, and has always used painting and creating as a means to self express, navigate unknowns, and connect with students. She has taught in Maryland, Colorado, and the past 12 years in Southern California. Emily‘s art practice serves as the fuel which allows her to continually show up each day for her students and her family. Emily has a partner and two daughters (5 and 9), who love art as well. Blog Post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-97-emily-mcmullan www.practicesinart.com @practices_in_art on Instagram . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Teaching Artists' Lounge meeting registration: http://teachingartistslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit to our 100th Episode: bit.ly/TAP100ep Register for the Adding Voices Conference: addingvoices.com/2022conference Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/ Get 30% off zencastr pro: zen.ai/teachingartistpod
01:06:31
June 21, 2022
#95: Meera Ramanathan: Grounded in Collage
Meera talked about coming back to art after a long hiatus while teaching and moving from one country to another. She shared beautiful advice for artists and educators around diving into art-making and giving yourself grace as you grow your art practice. Meera also shared her experience through this pandemic and how meaningful it has been coming back to in-person teaching with tactile art materials. I loved hearing about her work and the process of selecting colors, tearing paper, collaging, and then adding embroidery. She shared advice around how she seeks opportunities and plans for solo shows, which was really helpful. Meera also created a company, Art Bound, in which she creates beautiful hand-bound books of children’s original artwork. These become keepsakes for the children and families, transforming those piles of artwork, notes, cards, and homework into a gorgeous book. Meera Ramanathan is a visual art teacher and an artist. She has a Master's degree in history of fine arts, drawing and painting and obtained a single subject teaching credential in visual art at San Diego State University. She creates paper collages that have been featured in several exhibitions. Blog Post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-95-meera-ramanathan/ meeraramanathan.com @ms.r_art_class on Instagram . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Teaching Artists' Lounge meeting registration: http://teachingartistslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
58:10
June 05, 2022
#94: The Grundlers: The Creativity Department
It was such a pleasure talking with Laura & Matt Grundler, who host the #K12artchat on Twitter and The Creativity Department podcast. We talked about helping kids navigate a world that wasn’t built for them, as both parents and teachers. Laura and Matt both shared their paths as artists and educators, which included struggles with school and learning challenges, giving them empathy for students. I also loved hearing about how they weave visual journaling into not only their curricula, but also their lives. They both talked about journaling to process emotions and information, and a beautiful collaborative journal practice to continue learning about each other. TIL about wakelet and tweetdeck! Blog Post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-94-team-grundler www.grundlerart.com @creativitydept on Twitter @k12artchat on Facebook @creativitydept on Instagram . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Teaching Artists' Lounge meeting registration: http://teachingartistslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
01:13:59
May 23, 2022
#93: Suzanne Joyal: Something From Nothing
Suzanne Joyal had great advice about working with students with disabilities, which really applies to working with all students. I loved hearing about her path to teaching through motherhood and how she advocated for the arts in schools. It was also inspiring to hear about her art practice and how she overcomes artist block. Suzanne has exhibited her fine art at ArtWorks Downtown, Youth in Arts, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Albany Center, the Mill Valley Library, and Thornton Thomasetti. A visual artist with extensive teaching experience, Suzanne holds a degree in Art History from Wellesley College and has worked as a fine art gallery curator and an appraiser of fine prints for Butterfield and Butterfield. Suzanne is the founder of Purple Crayon Art Studio, a popular San Francisco art studio for children and families. Having created and directed Purple Crayon for over a decade, Suzanne sold the business in 2007. Suzanne also founded Give A Jump Start that used art as a tool for microfinance with women and children in Zambia.  Suzanne provides professional development workshops for educators in arts integration techniques and is the creator of the Walker Rezaian Creative HeARTS program, an early childhood replicable visual arts curriculum.  At Youth in Arts Suzanne focuses on the model programs including the ARTS Bank. This summer,  Suzanne began her study toward a Master of Arts in Arts Education with a focus on special populations from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, PA. The only program of its kind in the country, the program was founded by Lynn Horoschak, a pioneer in the field of arts education for special populations. For the students of Moore, and arts educators at Youth in Arts, “special populations” means anyone who does not thrive in the linear, neurotypical classroom. This could mean students experiencing disabilities, newcomer and english language learners, students experiencing the effect of trauma, or anyone with an IEP (Individual Education Plan). Blog Post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-93-suzanne-joyal www.suzannejoyal.com @suzannejoyall00 on Instagram Get 30% off zencastr pro: zen.ai/teachingartistpod . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Teaching Artists' Lounge meeting registration: http://teachingartistslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
52:50
May 09, 2022
#92: Aimee Sones: Mountain Movers
Aimee talked about supporting her students through this pandemic and beyond in part through shifting mindsets and reframing negative thinking. I loved how she talked about our role as educators as focused around teaching students to care and to prioritize what it is they care about, ideally moving away from stress about homework towards empathy and care for each other. Aimee puts the same passion into supporting fellow educators and artists through coaching. She shared some great advice around selling your artwork and thinking through all the questions to ask around creating art objects. It was also so interesting to hear about how she works with many media, materials, and processes and how she conceptualizes and carries out her work. Aimee Sones was born and raised in southern California. She loves to travel and has lived all over the United States, worked, and lived in India and the UAE. Aimee holds an MFA from The Ohio State University and has given lectures/demonstrations and exhibited in the US, Bulgaria, England, Germany, India, and the UAE. She has received numerous scholarships, awards, and several Greater Columbus Arts Council Grants. Aimee enjoys working with students of all ages and has taught at institutions including California State University, Fullerton, the National School of Applied Arts “St. Luca,” Sofia, Bulgaria and the Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington. Aimee has been studying emotional intelligence, meditation, and healing since 2015 in California, Hawaii and at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Over the past decade, Aimee has also worked behind the scenes on a variety of projects including managing day to day tasks, educational planning, curriculum development and implementing strategic systems for the success of organizations such as Glass Axis, The Torch Foundation, Pilchuck Glass School, and the Los Angeles Glass Center. In 2021, Aimee founded the Mountain Movers School to support art educators and entrepreneurs in bringing more balance, joy and confidence into all areas of their lives. Aimee currently lives in southern California, where she teaches, creates, and assists organizations, other creatives and entrepreneurs in reaching their next level. Blog Post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-92-aimee-sones/ @aimeesones @mountainmoversschool www.mountainmoversschool.org Get 30% off zencastr pro: zen.ai/teachingartistpod . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Teaching Artists' Lounge meeting registration: http://teachingartistslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
01:03:31
April 17, 2022
#91: Amir Whitaker: Free The Youth!
Dr. Amir Whitaker Esq. weaves together his experience and knowledge as an educator, musician, and human rights lawyer and spoke about how those things have inspired each other throughout his life. I loved how he talked about following a question, which led to more questions, as he pursued degree after degree. He spoke about how his multiple titles and roles really come back to passion for justice and the arts and his mission to free the youth. He touched on his own personal background with the (in)justice system, which he shares more of in his book, “The KnuckleHead’s Guide to Escaping the Trap.” He also offered some advice for teachers in connecting with students and breaking down barriers. Amir was very generous in allowing me to share clips of his music on the podcast. I love being able to use this audio format to the fullest! Amir is a civil rights lawyer, educator, and musician on a mission to #FreeTheYouth. He is the founder and director of Project KnuckleHead, a nonprofit organization empowering youth through music, art, and educational programs since 2013. As a lawyer referred to as a “civil rights and education stalwart” by the Daytona Times, Amir has negotiated settlements and policy changes that have improved the lives of thousands of youth across the country. Amir is currently a staff attorney with the ACLU of Southern California and researcher with the UCLA Civil Rights Project. He has taught varying grade levels and in different educational settings for over a decade, and has held teaching certifications in Florida, California, and New Jersey. He has written for publications like TIME Magazine and Washington Post. Amir's autobiography, “The KnuckleHead’s Guide to Escaping the Trap” has been featured on ABC News and in The New Yorker. Amir is the current board chair for the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, a collaborative of 12 organizations providing arts programming to incarcerated youth throughout Los Angeles county. As an artist, Amir has collaborated with musicians around the world, and has studied and taught several styles of music and dance. He is the co-founder of Rhythms of the Exodus, a Black music and cultural kinship movement spanning several countries. He received his doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California, juris doctorate from the University of Miami, and his bachelors from Rutgers University. Blog Post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-91-amir-whitaker @drknucklehead_esq on Instagram . . . Get 30% off zencastr pro: zen.ai/teachingartistpod Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Teaching Artists' Lounge meeting registration: http://teachingartistslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
01:00:28
April 09, 2022
#90: mikewindy: Gratitude & Inspirations
Mike talked about his winding path to art education and the myth of the art professor with abundant studio time. He shared how he fits in studio time in the gaps and how rich and fulfilling this winding path has been. Mike also shared a project he does with students that provides useful data for teachers in assessing student learning, being able to offer data to administrators, while also letting students see their own growth. He talked about thinking in similar ways within his studio practice to shift to a growth mindset as an artist. I loved the idea of differentiating for yourself, realizing that you can’t be fantastic at everything, and recognizing your own growth as an artist. I also loved the mindset shift from “I’m not good at art” to “I’ve been underserved as an artist.” Thanks, Mike, for a new way to respond to “I can’t draw.”  Mike talked about many artists he admires and loves to share with students. I’ll link to their work in the blog post, so go check that out. mikewindy aka Mike Mitchell is a cohort 3 member of the Educator's Cooperative and the Kids on Stage Art Director of Mount Pleasant Schools in Maury County, TN. He is a 2020 Makey Makey global ambassador and the 2022 Mid-region Educator of the year awarded by the TN Art Education Association. He hosts The Art of Outreach podcast with the TN Art Association and facilitates discussions through the Educators Cooperative. Blog Post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-90-mikewindy www.mikewindy.com @mikewindyart @mtpleasantarts @tennehear @cowboyconceptyall Get 30% off zencastr pro: zen.ai/teachingartistpod . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Teaching Artists' Lounge meeting registration: http://teachingartistslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
01:25:48
April 03, 2022
#89: Lionel Cruet: Rhetorics of an Uncertain Future
Lionel Cruet spoke about his teaching practice as well as his exhibit, Rhetorics of an Uncertain Future, which is in its third iteration at Play + Inspire Gallery. He talked about the process of developing the exhibition in all three iterations, from private viewing at Yi Gallery in NYC to exhibit at El Lobi in Puerto Rico to online at Play + Inspire. The title was chosen carefully to encompass the writing that accompanies the exhibition, while also exploring the visual arts as a mode of persuasion, a mode of rhetoric. We talked about how apt the idea of uncertain futures feels in this moment. I loved hearing about how Lionel’s process begins with drawing and watercolor and then expands into digital media, video, and transmedia storytelling. He talked about collaboration and how he works with fellow artists, curators, sound designers, and animators to bring his ideas to life. He also shared advice for artists and educators. Blog Post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-89-lionel-cruet lionelcruet.com @lionelcruetstudio on Instagram playinspiregallery.com/lionel-cruet/ Get 30% off zencastr pro: zen.ai/teachingartistpod . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Teaching Artists' Lounge meeting registration: http://teachingartistslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
01:09:03
March 27, 2022
#88: Eric Anthony Berdis: Imagining A Queer Space
Eric Anthony Berdis shared his story of finding refuge and courage in art. He talked about imagining a queer space and how he creates that imagined space. He also spoke about the idea of being a parallel player alongside his young students and his continual work to move away from facilitator or director in the classroom. I loved hearing about his process and all the research behind his work. I also loved how he is able to incorporate play and whimsy among all the references and context that goes into his work. If you can, take a look at his work while you listen! As a queer maker, Eric Anthony Berdis (Erie, PA) continuously finds ways to imagine and embody joy through his practice. Navigating the new normal as an elementary school teacher, and studio artist working. He finds himself working in the hours from 5-11 pm.  His work embraces a maximalist aesthetic of archival research, personal secrets, and pubescent gay boy glamour. Entering their installation, the audience is transported to a new world. Thrift store castoffs and hobbyist craft supplies are reassembled into a cast of characters that blur the lines between ghost, creature, and friend. For Eric, the studio becomes a haven in periods of instability, insecurity, and oppression. Happiness, play, and pleasure are not only sought after during difficult times but are arguably necessary components of survival. Joy is an act of resilience—a critical method of subverting hegemonic narratives of suffering. Queer joy in Eric's work is found through forms of exuberance such as world-building, materials, and escaping into new types of textile processes like quilting. Eric is a teacher of preschoolers. In his classroom, he tries to become a parallel and collaborative player in his students' activities. Hoping to not only build a deeper connection to students but also support their development in a way that is true to their interests. They have received their MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Eric has exhibited work at the University Galleries of Illinois State University, Stay Home Gallery, Paris TN, and Bunker Projects, Pittsburgh. His work has been published in Hiss Mag, Emergency Index, and American Painting. Blog Post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-88-eric-anthony-berdis @ericanthonyberdis on Instagram Get 30% off zencastr pro: zen.ai/teachingartistpod . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Teaching Artists' Lounge meeting registration: http://teachingartistslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
59:23
March 13, 2022
#87: Abhishek Panchal: Centering Students
It was so great to reconnect with Abishek and hear more about his art and teaching practices. He participated in one of our Artist Talk sessions through the Teaching Artists Lounge last summer and I was so inspired by the way he wove teaching and artmaking together in that brief talk that I wanted to hear more. He shared wonderful advice for working with students of all abilities and adjusting his own expectations as a teacher during constantly shifting situations as a result of the pandemic. We got into what student-centered teaching can look like. He also talked about his inspiration as an artist and the project he’s currently working on surrounding men and mental health in India. Mumbai-based artist and educator, Abhishek has been associated with the arts for more than a decade. Depending on the role, be it artist, teacher, researcher, or administrator, he uses a combination of creativity, information, research, and persuasion to achieve personal and professional results. Abhishek received an MA in Art Education from Boston University. His scholarly interests are grounded in Critical and Culturally responsive pedagogy; with research interests in arts integration, Indigenous curriculum, art for special educational needs, and place-based education. As a visual artist, his artistic practice is inclined at investigating themes and issues of mental health, culture, and gender within the local and global context. Currently, he serves as the Arts program coordinator and teacher at The Gateway School of Mumbai, a not-for-profit school committed to empowering children with disabilities. Based on the critical strategies of Visual art, his teaching focuses on exploratory and inquiry-based art-making processes in-studio and design courses. Abhishek has been a conference speaker and has taught workshops at festivals, galleries, museums in India and Brazil. The Tata Education and Development Trust and The Keshavlal Bodani Education Foundation are the granting organizations that supported his academic and cultural work. Blog Post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-87-abhishek-panchal/ @abhishekpanchalstudio on Instagram www.abhishekpanchalstudio.com . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Teaching Artists' Lounge meeting registration: http://teachingartistslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
46:26
February 27, 2022
#86: Marianna Jimenez Edwards: Re-Emerging
Marianna talked about the support she felt from teachers and her parents as an artist, but also the challenge of learning to draw. She shared a method for teaching drawing that she longed for as a young person, working to improve her technique. The way she shifted from teaching full-time and feeling the burnout so many of us have felt was so inspiring. I loved hearing how she found a semblance of balance with part-time teaching and part-time art-making as she re-emerged as an artist. Marianna also talked about the move from Miami, FL to Boise, ID and how the culture shock affected her. She shared how she sought out community both locally and online through fellow artists and teachers. I loved hearing about her process and how she uses visual journaling alongside her students as an ongoing practice. Marianna Jimenez Edwards is a veteran high school art teacher who strives to incorporate a choice-based curriculum and believes in creating a space for students to experience how to see and think like artists. Having felt deficiencies in her own technical skills after leaving her high school art classes, teaching traditional drawing and painting skills that students expect is also important in her teaching practice. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Marianna attended suburban public schools and has always loved learning. She studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, receiving a BFA in Painting. Awareness of her indigenous heritage and Chicano culture blossomed during art school. Also, during that time, visiting her grandmother’s village in Oaxaca and various archaeological sites in Central Mexico and Chiapas on separate occasions transformed that awareness into the passion and central ideas for her work. Blog Post with more info, links, and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-86-marianna-jimenez-edwards www.mariannajedwardsart.com @nanachicanaart on Instagram . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Teaching Artists' Lounge meeting registration: http://teachingartistslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
01:08:34
February 06, 2022
#85: Valentine Svihalek: Embracing Your Creativity
Valentine Svihalek talked about embracing her creativity and shifting in her career as she moved physically and emotionally through life. I love how she dove into being an artist and then working with fellow artists, especially mothers, to bring out their creative voices. Valentine Svihalek is a Belgian and American contemporary visual artist, international educator, and mother. Living and teaching in diverse communities around the world, she cultivated a desire for discovery and development. After the birth of her first child in a village surrounded by people who spoke a different language, she felt isolated. Turning inward, she developed a process of artmaking that liberates expressive energy and establishes connection. She engaged in the Artist Residency In Motherhood program. This experience, combined with graduate studies in philosophy and postgraduate studies in teaching, literacy, and culture in San Diego served as the foundation for further exploration. Valentine founded the Mama Create collective, a community that facilitated opportunities for English speaking creatives in the Czech Republic. Inspired by her community work, she published The Imperfect Artist Mother Journey as a reflection on postpartum experience. Her European network merged with the global collective Art Mums United where she serves as co-director. Valentine has exhibited her work in galleries in Europe and with the Jewish Museum Prague. She is co-host of the Art Mums United Podcast and is a member of a variety of directories and artist organizations such as Spilt Milk Gallery, The Art Queens Society, Create Magazine, Artist-Mother Network, and ARIM. Blog Post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-85-valentine-svihalek bellavalentina.art @bellavalentinaart on Instagram . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Teaching Artists' Lounge meeting registration: http://teachingartistslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
01:04:47
January 30, 2022
#84: Ana Guzmán: Reframing ELL
Ana Guzmán talked about her experience as an English Language Learner and reframing that term to Emergent Bilingual as she now works to help students who are learning a second language. I love that reframing, focusing on the impressive fact that these students already know at least one language and are learning an additional language!  She shared some strategies art educators can use in reaching and teaching emergent bilingual students as well as advocating with administration and higher level bureaucrats.  I loved hearing about her art journaling and how she’s taking time to reflect as part of her own art-making practice. That ebb and flow in life is so REAL and so important to talk about. We can’t do everything all the time, as much as we may want to.  Ana shared resources for connecting art and English learning as well as several scholars whom she’s learned from. These are all linked in the blog post here: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-84-ana-guzman www.tesolscholar.com @tesolscholar on Instagram . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Teaching Artists' Lounge meeting registration: http://teachingartistslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
52:04
January 22, 2022
#83: Amanda Gorman: Finding Your Village
Amanda is a childbirth educator who uses the Birthing From Within methodologies. She talked about incorporating art-making as part of the preparation for birth and shared her own experience of moving from a “not creative” person to wholeheartedly believing in the power of art. She shared her process for building trust and working with students who don’t have art experience as well as the reasons art-making is included in a birthing course. We also talked a bit about the racial inequities around childbirth and Amanda shared some wonderful links, including episode 16 of her own podcast, Finding Your Village, in which Cachet Prescott shares her birth experience as a Black woman. Amanda Gorman is a wife, mother of two, the host of the Finding Your Village podcast and a certified Birthing From Within childbirth educator. In addition to her family, Amanda is passionate about: writing, speaking, addiction and trauma recovery, music, social justice, and birth work. Her podcast focuses on birth, postpartum and parent mental health. She teaches online childbirth classes that not only inform parents about the physiological aspects of birth, but also train parents to build a toolkit to cope with pain, become confident facing the unknown and find their parenting village. Blog Post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-83-amanda-gorman www.findingyourvillage.com @findingyourvillage on Instagram @findingyourvillage on TikTok . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Teaching Artists' Lounge meeting registration: http://teachingartistslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
34:30
January 16, 2022
#82: Melissa Parke: Black Teaching Artist Lab
Melissa Parke shared her journey in bringing an idea to life through Black Teaching Artist Lab where she conducts research, offers workshops and professional development, and so much more. She shared so vulnerably about mental health and struggles with feeling confident despite being certain of the importance and value of her work. She has created the Afrocentric Social-Emotional Learning Framework, which centers social-emotional learning (SEL) for the Black learner through arts education. Melissa talked about developing this framework and using it within professional development for Black teaching artists. Another major part of her work is the Pan-African cultural exchange, which provides opportunities for Black identifying teaching artists to travel to different parts of the African Diaspora, in order to better understand the Black experience globally. To support this project, donate here! Melissa also talked about research and how she began this work. When she asked for data on Black teaching artists and was told it doesn’t exist, she decided to gather it. She is conducting this research and currently has a survey gathering information from Black identifying teaching artists. If that’s you, please respond here! It’s anonymous and gathers valuable data to demonstrate the impact of Black teaching artists' work and to tell the stories of their work in different communities. You can also help by sharing the survey widely and getting the word out about this work. Melissa Parke is a Brooklyn-based creative that is making waves in the arts-education world. Parke initially developed her concept for Black Teaching Artist Lab, LLC at the beginning of 2019, while working as a community manager at Brooklyn Creative League—a co-working space in Brooklyn, New York. Surrounded by successful entrepreneurs and immersed in the social changes that were underway in America, Parke was inspired to turn her big ideas into a tangible, new reality. Black Teaching Artist Lab, LLC (BTAL) is a professional development and travel abroad organization that aims to connect Black teaching artists and learners from the African Diaspora through arts education, in order to unify and strengthen intercultural understanding between marginalized Pan-African populations. We believe that through the use of art—one of the most powerful tools we have for human expression—Pan-African teaching artists will be able to share their individual stories of the lived Black experience with Black youth, everywhere. Blog Post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-82-melissa-parke https://www.blackteachingartistlab.com/ @blackteachingartistlab on Instagram . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Teaching Artists' Lounge meeting registration: http://teachingartistslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
01:03:33
January 09, 2022
#81: Stories from the Field
Stories from the Field: A curated selection of conversations around equity in the art classroom. This episode is a special one and will be the last one of 2021. This is a longer version of the presentation I gave at the California Art Education Association conference last month. I prefaced the presentation by saying that I am not an expert here, but have been learning and listening and working to share the advice of those who know more than I do, to share the experiences of those who experience racism firsthand, to share the voices of those who are too often silenced. It was a daunting task to select clips from over 80 hours of conversation to fit into 30 minutes. What’s shared here is my longer cut, which is closer to 45 minutes. While there’s obviously so much cut from the many conversations these clips were pulled from, it is also still a lot to process. This episode includes clips from the following artists and educators: Peter Atsu Adaletey, Mahoganëë Amiger, Mandi Antonucci, Morgan Auten Smith, Abby Birhanu, Jeremy Blair, Aaron Bos Wahl, Liz Brent, Tracy Brown, Adrienne Brown-David, Nikki Brugnoli, Adjoa Burrowes, Candido Crespo, Pat Cruz, Christy Culp, Lizz Denneau, Megan Driving Hawk, Nisa Floyd, Jill Forie, Kate Frazer Rego, Emma Freeman, Victoria J. Fry, Reuben King, Jessica Kitzman, Khadesia Latimer, Ondrea Levey, Paula Liz, Matt MacFarland, Kelly Marshall, Lauren Merceron, Alisha Mernick, David T. Miller, Mallory Muya, Danielle Nilsen, Priyanka Parmanand, Eileen Powers, Gregory Quick, Natasha Rivett-Carnac, Mark Rode, Jess Rogawski, Lori Santos, Tamara Slade, Corbrae Smith, Sydney Snyder, Karina Esperanza Yánez, and Flavia Zuñiga-West. Here is the Google document where I shared the transcript and artist bios for the final CAEA presentation, which was a shortened version of this episode. Feel free to make a copy and add notes if that’s helpful. I ended with the song Nisa Floyd recommended, Come Back As A Flower by Stevie Wonder featuring Syreeta Wright. I can’t include it in the episode for copyright reasons, but you can listen to it on the blog, thinking about Nisa’s words of redemption and hope and growth. Blog Post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-81-stories . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Teaching Artists' Lounge meeting registration: http://teachingartistslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
48:59
December 06, 2021
#80: Isadora Stowe: Wearing All The Hats
Isadora Stowe shared her winding journey teaching in several settings before landing in community college where she embraces the student centered approach. She talked about learning on the job how to connect with students and truly listen to find their unmet needs. It was so helpful hearing about the mindset shift from thinking of behaviors as problematic to thinking of behaviors as expressing something that may be painful and is not being heard. I also loved hearing about Isadora’s work and how she pursues her interest in physics through installation in collaboration with scientists. She talked about making a living and making a life as an artist - creating multiple income streams, but also building in time to recharge yourself. Isadora Stowe is a New Mexican based multi-media artist whose work focuses on the narrative of environment translated and coded into complex psychological landscapes. Stowe grew up in the southwest border region, living and working in New Mexico, Texas and Mexico. She credits these experiences for providing a heightened awareness of geographical and political boundaries, and a fascination with the exploration of identity of self and the construction of home in her work. Stowe earned her BFA in Painting with a double major in Cultural Anthropology, minor in Native American Studies and an MFA in Painting and Drawing. She exhibits her work widely and is represented in many private and public collections across the country and in Mexico. She has been the recipient of several grants, scholarships and awards for her work, including an Award for Excellence from the New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is also one of the Artists profiled in the Book, The Motherhood of Art, published in 2020. She is dedicated to making the world a better place for Artists from all points of origin and serves on many local and national committees and on the board of directors for the Texas Association of Schools of Art and Bordersenses, a non-profit which promotes arts in the binational region. She is also the co-creator of the professional art practice courses; Wearing all the hats without losing your head presented on the Artist Mother Network. Blog Post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/80-isadora-stowe/ isadorastowe.com @isadorastowe Wearing All The Hats . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Teaching Artists' Lounge meeting registration: http://arteducatorslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
01:07:42
November 14, 2021
#79: Cynthia Hauk: Mindfulness & Art
Cynthia Hauk shared her experience teaching mindful art workshops, including trainings for teachers and parents around bringing these practices into our teaching. I was so grateful that she also shared a specific exercise that can be done with no materials or extended to create incredible works of art. We talked about somatic work and what that means, as well as overcoming the shame story many of us have around creativity. Cynthia also shared some of her favorite books, which I’ll link to in the blog post. She talked about fitting in art-making while juggling so many other parts of life, including true self care. I loved the imagery of filling your cup in order for it to overflow and pour out into the world. Blog Post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/79-cynthia-hauk mindfulcreativemuse.com @mindfulcreativemuse . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Teaching Artists' Lounge meeting registration: http://arteducatorslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
49:34
October 24, 2021
#78: Mary Beth Flynn: Artfully Aging
Mary Beth Flynn shared her experience growing both her house portrait business and her art education business. She talked about being a lifelong artist and a lifelong entrepreneur and it was amazing to hear how she really embodies both. I also loved hearing about the therapeutic aspects of the work she’s doing through her Artfully Aging programs. She ties in storytelling and song to add an oral component to her watercolor projects. We can probably all relate to the necessarily fast learning curve with technology during this pandemic. Mary Beth revamped her website, but also shifted her business model and created over 20 projects with training videos and shipped kits. She talked about being daunted at first, taking time to just organize and take stock, but then seeing the potential of moving beyond her geographic area. It’s so inspiring to see how she has grown her businesses and continues to adapt. Blog Post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/78-mary-beth-flynn/ www.designsbymarybeth.com artfullyaging.com . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Teaching Artists' Lounge meeting registration: http://arteducatorslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
01:01:23
October 17, 2021
#77: Lizz Denneau: Guided By Ancestors
Lizz Denneau is making incredible artwork while teaching with a focus on contemporary art in a rural Arizona high school. I loved getting to learn more about her work and the ideas and processes she pursues as an artist. She talked about leaning into her intuition and the incredible paths that leads her down. Her striking visuals have so much depth of form and texture as well as meaning and history. She talked about her childhood as a bi-racial person and how she’s been digging into the history of the Black half of her family and processing through her artwork. She’s able to create work that is both deeply personal and connective. Lizz also shared her experience working with the Art 21 Educators’ Institute, which provided resources, connections with fellow art educators, and methods for sharing contemporary work in the classroom. She offered helpful insights into teaching with a social justice lens in a conservative district, which echoed what I hear again and again: build relationships! Getting to know your students is vital! Blog Post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/77-lizz-denneau/ www.lizzdenneauart.com @lizz_denneau_art on Instagram @LizzDenneauArt on Twitter . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Teaching Artists' Lounge meeting registration: http://arteducatorslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
01:12:08
October 03, 2021
#76: Lorna Ritz: Drawing & Redrawing Mountains
Lorna Ritz talked about her process and the meditative work of creating space with paint. It was inspiring hearing her dedication to her work and how she shares that with students. We talked about modeling as a teacher and helping students learn how to see. Lorna also spoke about her beautiful large barn studio and the intensive process of renovating it - both when she first moved in back in 1986 and again more recently to abate a mold problem and save the barn. I loved hearing about her lifelong passion for oil paint and the way she thinks about color. Lorna has drawn the Holyoke Mountains for 36 years and is still learning them. Both the day and seasonal light changes on them constantly, filling her with curiosity to draw them better. She sets her easel up on a hill overlooking one of the only east-west axis mountain ranges in this country, formed by glaciers. The mountains are so close to her so she feels she can almost reach out to pet them, like they are a big animal moving up and down as the cloud shadows allow the sun to hit them in a pulsating way. She works and reworks each drawing for many days, obtaining a specific light from the sky falling on the mountains that will never bring these particular colors again. Everything in the drawing has equal importance; the tree is as important as the mountain behind it, the sky as important moving behind them, as important the foreground coming up towards the viewer. Everything is democratically related, a conglomeration of spatial movements interrelated, needing each other to survive. Lorna studied with Gabriel Laderman and Lennart Anderson in the 60’s and received a BFA from Pratt Institute, changing the course of her painting life into pure abstraction, under the instruction of painter James Gahagan, (a student of Hans Hofmann). She received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1971, in both painting and sculpture, (welding steel, and casting in bronze and iron). Lorna has taught at several universities including the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, University of Minnesota, and Dartmouth College. She has also been a visiting guest critic at the Vermont Studio Center and taught several drawing marathons at the New York Studio School. Blog Post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/76-lorna-ritz www.lornaritz.com www.facebook.com/lorna.ritz . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Teaching Artists' Lounge meeting registration: http://arteducatorslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
44:29
September 27, 2021
#75: Lauren Scott Corwin: Uncovering Histories
I love how Lauren’s work talks about the history of the land through the history of her paintings. Her process of layering, covering up what’s underneath while leaving hints of the past, is so meaningful. She talked about making quilts as well as paintings and where the 2 inform each other. Lauren also spoke about meeting students where they are and truly getting to know students as humans while also sharing yourself as a human. Lauren Scott Corwin is a semi-abstract artist who works with oil paint, printmaking, fiber, and installation. Her bold palette is meant to immerse the viewer with familiar patterns and narratives of common scenes with a nod to the uncanny. Her recent work has begun to explore elements of Home, both as an idea and the structure itself as this was redefined during the Covid pandemic. She continues to dissect our idea of Home from a critical (and playful) standpoint, seeking to uncover guides and maps of the human experience that we know in 2020. Lauren Scott Corwin has maintained a life as both an artist and educator since the beginning of her career. Since her BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art, followed by an MFA in Painting from the University of Delaware. In 2019, she was awarded the David P. Hartman ‘52 Excellence in Teaching Award, alongside a full-year sabbatical and array of national exhibitions. She currently lives in the hills of Western Massachusetts, teaching at an independent school, along with her young family. Blog Post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/75-lauren-scott-corwin www.laurenscottcorwin.com @lascocorwin on Instagram . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Art Educators' Lounge meeting registration: http://arteducatorslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
58:30
September 19, 2021
#74: Judy DeSimone: Abstraction Breakout
Judy DeSimone shared her experience of over 30 years teaching and had some great tips for teachers. She also talked about her ceramic work and inspirations. I loved hearing about how careful she is about the finishes, keeping areas matte while allowing some bits of gloss. Her transformation from realism to abstraction was also inspiring to hear. Judy DeSimone is a ceramic artist living and creating art in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She earned a bachelor of science degree in art education at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her degree allowed her to pursue a career and vocation as a middle school art educator with 6th, 7th and 8th graders, at a public school in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. It was in this classroom Judy taught herself various ceramic hand building techniques leading to a love of the medium. Her ceramic enthusiasm was shared with her students. For thirty years, Judy’s ceramics were realistic wall pieces consisting of animals, flowers, leaves and personal diary scenes executed in bas relief. With public school retirement came a shedding of the old and a blossoming of the new to the quick, spontaneous, “why not art” she currently pursues. The “why not” view was reinforced in her retirement job, teaching art to kindergarten through eighth graders at her local Catholic school. The inhibitions of the younger students’ ideas and techniques reinforced Judy’s personal philosophy of, why not, which she applies to her ceramics. What luck to have had three-hundred-part time muses at one’s disposal. After 39 years of teaching art to Kindergarten through 8 grade students Ms. DeSimone hung up her classroom apron to pursue personal artistic endeavors. Blog Post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/74-judy-desimone/ www.judydesimoneceramics.com @JudyLDeSimone on instagram . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Check out the featured artists: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featured-artists/ Art Educators' Lounge meeting registration: http://arteducatorslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
51:48
September 12, 2021
#73: Nicole McAfoose: Big Ideas & Choice-Based Art
Nicole McAfoose shared fantastic and really practical tips for teachers interested in moving towards choice-based teaching or TAB. She talked about the transition phase and the power of giving students more autonomy in the classroom. She also spoke about assessment in a TAB classroom and how she documents learning. Her passion and care for her students was so clear. Nicole also vulnerably shared how she lost the artist side of herself and is coming back to being an artist now. She talked about imposter syndrome and naming limiting beliefs. It was so encouraging to hear how she makes time for her own art-making, tells her bully of an inner critic to be quiet, and embraces the media she enjoys. She has big ideas and projects in the works around choice-based art education, so keep an eye on @bigideasartstudio Blog Post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/73-nicole-mcafoose/ . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Art Educators' Lounge meeting registration: http://arteducatorslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
50:17
September 05, 2021
#72: Andy Harris: Super Powers, Scissors, & Glue
Andy Harris talked about teaching with a focus on bringing out the super powers within his students. He shared some amazing projects that use art to consider identity and build relationships within the classroom. He also shared some great advice for artists around seeking opportunities and being ready when doors open. I loved hearing about his process - from collecting images to painting, cutting, and glueing paper, drawing on his experience hanging wallpaper. Andy Harris graduated from VCU, currently works out of his studio in Norfolk Virginia and teaches art in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Blog Post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/72-andy-harris/ www.aharrisart.com @andy.andy.harris . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Check out the featured artists: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featured-artists/ Take the audience survey: https://iter.ly/bnrm2 Art Educators' Lounge meeting registration: http://arteducatorslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
01:18:51
August 29, 2021
#71: Erin McCluskey Wheeler: It's Just Paper!
I loved how Erin talked about being an art cheerleader for her students! Her mantra of “It’s just paper” and encouragement to play and explore without getting stuck on unattainable ideas of perfection were so helpful. She shared such great advice around piecing together a career as an artist, which feels connected to piecing together her gorgeous collage work. A game changer for me was her goal of 50 rejections per year. What an incredible mindset shift that creates - going from mourning a rejection to celebrating it as part of a larger goal! Erin McCluskey Wheeler is a painter, collagist, writer, curator, and teacher based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Erin works in many series at once and across disciplines in painting, collage, works on paper, prints, and poetry. Each medium with its different qualities, allows Erin to explore ideas about memory, language, color, and place, while retaining a unified voice that reflects on the power of color and connection. Erin has a BA in studio art and art history from Beloit College, and an MFA from California College of the Arts. As an undergraduate, she did an intensive study of traditional brush painting at Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata-shi, Japan. Erin is a faculty member of the 92nd Y School of the Arts in New York City and teaches collage and mixed media classes throughout the Bay Area. Erin has shown extensively in galleries across the country and her work is represented by the Roaring Artist Gallery, a virtual gallery showing the work of visionary women artists. Erin’s artwork is licensed and sold through West Elm, Minted, Target, and Samsung. She has won multiple awards for her visual art and poetry including the top prize for poetry from Northwind Arts in 2021. Erin is a founding member of The Collage Stop and the Art Brand Alliance. Blog Post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-71-erin-mccluskey-wheeler/ @erinmwheeler on Instagram www.erinmwheeler.com . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Check out the featured artists: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featured-artists/ https://linktr.ee/TogetherWhileApart Take the audience survey: https://iter.ly/bnrm2 Art Educators' Lounge meeting registration: http://arteducatorslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/
01:16:43
August 22, 2021
#70: Kate Moynihan: Tenacity & Resilience
Kate was so uplifting and encouraging of artists. She shared her experience as an artist, writer, gallery owner, as well as a nurse and teaching artist. It was inspiring hearing how she took initiative to move from her career as a nurse that wasn’t fulfilling her into a career as an artist. She had some wonderful tips for artists around mindset, overcoming creative block, and working with a gallery. A few of the tips she shared: Realize your time and then respect that time. (When do you work best? When do you have time to focus?) Start with the hardest thing on your list first, because if you conquer that the rest of your day is easy. Keep a journal and write everyday, but don’t look back (for at least 3 weeks). Schedule important “junk jobs” like bill paying so they’re not always on your mind. Bonus tip: Barter your artistic services for other services. Kate also talked about her love of color and following the color trends to pay the bills, which helped her when working with interior designers and selling her work. She let her passion for color lead her. I also loved the metaphors she found in birch trees and how she used that as a jumping off point for a series of work. Blog post with images and links: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-70-kate-moynihan/ www.katemoynihanartist.com @katemoynihanartist . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Check out the featured artists: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featured-artists/ Take the audience survey: https://iter.ly/bnrm2 Art Educators' Lounge meeting registration: http://arteducatorslounge.eventbrite.com/ Submit your work to be featured: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featuredartist/ Book an Art Critique Session with Rebecca: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/ Apply to do an IG Takeover @teachingartistpodcast: https://forms.gle/TqurTB9wvykPDbKZ6 Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/)
55:27
August 15, 2021
#69: Tim Needles: STEAM Power
Tim spoke about infusing new technologies into his artwork as well as his teaching. He talked about how he’s always worked in a variety of media and how teaching really contributes to this tendency as he teaches everything from painting to photography to design, weaving in Augmented Reality (AR). He also shared a bit about writing STEAM Power and speaking with scientists who affirmed the need for art to be included when talking about STEM in education - art is not simply an addition, tacked onto STEM, but a critical part of the processes and systems used in real world scenarios. Tim also talked about breaking into the art world and working outside it. He works as an artist and with his students to engage his local community and use art as a communication tool. His advice around working in a conservative community and bringing up issues of equity and empathy was so helpful. Being able and willing as an educator to share your vulnerabilities and truly be yourself can make such a difference. Tim Needles is an artist, educator and author of STEAM Power: Infusing Art Into Your STEM Curriculum. He teaches art/media at Smithtown School District, is a TEDx Talk speaker, and his work has been featured on NPR, in the New York Times, Columbus Museum of Art, Norman Rockwell Museum, Alexandria Museum of Art, Katonah Museum of Art, and Cape Cod Museum of Art. He’s the recipient of ISTE’s Technology in Action Award and Creativity Award, NAEA’s Eastern Region Art Educator Award & AET Outstanding Teaching Award, and The Rauschenberg Power of Art Award. He’s a National Geographic Certified Teacher, PBS Digital Innovator, a NASA Solar System Ambassador, an ISTE Arts & Technology and STEM PLN leader, NAEA ArtEdTech interest Group leader, and Adobe Creative Educator and Education Leader Emeritus. Blog post with images and links: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-69-tim-needles/ www.timneedles.com @timneedles on social media STEAM Power: Infusing Art Into Your STEM Curriculum by Tim Needles (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781564848215?aff=teachingartist)  . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Check out the featured artists: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featured-artists/ Art Educator's Lounge meeting registration: http://arteducatorslounge.eventbrite.com/ Apply to do an IG Takeover @teachingartistpodcast: https://forms.gle/TqurTB9wvykPDbKZ6 Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/)
01:06:44
August 08, 2021
#68: Jess Rogawski: Portals
Speaking with Jess was so inspiring and educational for me! I learned from her and tried to soak up her way of being with her students, with her body, within liminal space. She talked about her experiences at the intersection of many identities and how that has shaped her as a teacher, as an artist, and as a human. She shared some incredible dialogical investigations she’s facilitated with students, digging into deep questions about time, fear, and love. We got into the systems of oppression and how we as teachers can create change. I loved her way of talking about teachers as the buffer between the systems of power and our students - we can break the rules and be a protective barrier for our students. This was such a powerful and helpful conversation!! Blog post with images and links: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-68-jess-rogawski/ @mzgween__ on Instagram www.jessrogawski.com www.razaeducators.org . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Check out the featured artists: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featured-artists/ Apply to do an IG Takeover @teachingartistpodcast: https://forms.gle/TqurTB9wvykPDbKZ6 Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/)
01:19:25
August 01, 2021
#67: Carly Terreson: The Body in Community
Hearing about Carly's process of creation with her whole body in consideration of her community was inspiring. She spoke about growing up with an artist father and how that shaped her. I so often hear from artists whose parents had trepidations about a career in the arts or thought of it more as a hobby. It was interesting hearing how an artist parent can normalize the arts as a valid career path while also bringing awareness to the challenges of this path. Carly also shared how the pandemic has impacted her as a teaching artist and her focus on her practice during this time. I loved the idea of naming our discomforts and communicating clearly as this world continues to shift. She discussed de-centering herself in the classroom and the constant work to check her biases. We talked about seeing the behind-the-scenes of the gallery world, building community as an artist, and shifting scales. Carly Terreson is an artist, storyteller, and educator. Carly earned her BFA from California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA in Painting and Community Arts. She also completed the Community Teaching Artist Certificate Program from the Department of Cultural Affairs and CalState Los Angeles. She has worked in many of the Bay Area’s arts organizations and schools as an arts educator and youth and disability advocate. Her work has been featured in shows in New York and the Bay Area including the San Francisco Women’s Building and WomensWork.Art in New York. She has attended Luminous Bodies residency in Toronto, ON and has co-led residencies and workshops out of her own home. Blog post with images and links: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-67-carly-terreson/ @carlyterresonart on Instagram . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Check out the featured artists: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featured-artists/ Art Educators' Lounge monthly meetings: http://arteducatorslounge.eventbrite.com Join the Goodpods Teaching Artist group! https://goodpods.app.link/cqEsampxBhb Apply to do an IG Takeover @teachingartistpodcast: https://forms.gle/TqurTB9wvykPDbKZ6 Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/)
50:14
July 25, 2021
#66: Peter Atsu Adaletey: What If?
Peter Atsu shared how he went from creating shadow theatre in his home for the children and families he grew up with to working on international theater productions and with ITAC (International Teaching Artist Collaborative). It was so inspiring hearing how he’s spread his passion for the arts not only into schools, churches, and communities throughout Ghana, but also through mentorship of younger teaching artists. He talked about his teaching approach splitting from the school system’s top-down methods and empowering students in co-creation. He shared how students respond and become so engaged as “that’s the approach they’ve been crying for.” Yet it remains challenging to convince schools of the need for both student choice and voice in learning and for the arts integrated into the school day - a challenge Atsu continues to take on. He also talked about the strain COVID placed on him when his programs were all shut down. He has worked hard to continue teaching via zoom and has continued creating, saying “art is my breath.” It was beautiful and heartbreaking hearing how expression through his art forms has helped him cope with the challenges of this time and how resilient he has been, not only shifting the way he works, but also helping other teaching artists learn to use zoom and other digital tools. A big challenge has been getting the equipment needed to be able to do this. We looked into crowdfunding platforms and are working on setting something up that is available in Ghana allowing donations from all over the world. I will be sharing links when they are available. In the meantime, you can also reach out to Atsu to support his work directly. One of the driving forces he shared was curiosity and always questioning - asking "what if?" He talked about the power in this question, the freedom in thinking outside of the systems we know. Blog post with images and links: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-66-peter-atsu-adaletey/ @peter.adaletey on Facebook On Youtube: Atsu Adaletey Peter Atsu Adaletey on Medium ITAC . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Check out the featured artists: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featured-artists/ Art Educator's Lounge monthly meetings: http://arteducatorslounge.eventbrite.com Join the Goodpods Teaching Artists group! https://goodpods.app.link/cqEsampxBhb Apply to do an IG Takeover @teachingartistpodcast: https://forms.gle/TqurTB9wvykPDbKZ6 Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/)
01:02:50
July 18, 2021
#65: Ondrea Levey: Symbols & Self Love
Ondrea talked about the “wild juggling game” of teaching and making art and staying active in her communities. She shared some wonderful books and resources, especially around a topic she’s been focusing on lately: self love. We talked about assessment in the art classroom and questioned how to encourage students rather than add pressure to their lives. I loved hearing how the pandemic has helped her shift more away from medium-specific work both in her own work and in teaching. She talked about helping students translate their thoughts in whatever form makes sense to them. We also talked about struggling to facilitate courageous conversations about social justice and she shared some framing and tips that have helped her create dialogue among students. Ondrea “Bell” Levey is a visual artist living between Tucson, Arizona and Portland, Oregon.  She received her BFA in Art Education at the University of Arizona. Tenderness and storytelling inform her work. Ondrea teaches high school in Tucson, as well as adult workshops, with emphasis on identity, play, and practice development. Currently, she is pursuing her MFA in Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. Her work has been featured at Tiny Town Gallery, Jewish History Museum, Subspace, and Chick Magnet.To follow her most current work, subscribe to her Patreon and receive handwritten love letters, playlists, stickers, and workshops. Blog post with images and links: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-65-ondrea-levey/ @ondreabell_ olevey.com Ondrea's Patreon . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Check out the featured artists: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featured-artists/ Artist Talks sign up form: https://forms.gle/Tk3VDUCo9cdCGHCW7 Climate Change Agents Institute registration: https://www.teach-arts.org/en/listings/1092124-climatechangeagents-project?mc_cid=d44235a2f7&mc_eid=5597e75675 Critique Sessions: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/mentor/ Project Space Proposals: https://playinspiregallery.com/project-space-proposal/ Apply to do an IG Takeover @teachingartistpodcast: https://forms.gle/TqurTB9wvykPDbKZ6 Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/) 5IgTozQBvfXDFuqrVWBO
01:06:24
July 11, 2021
#64: Abby Birhanu: Stepping Stones
It was such a pleasure to talk with Abby Birhanu and hear more about her teaching and art-making! Her passion and compassion comes through in all that she does. I loved her advice about antiracist teaching within communities that aren’t ready to embrace it. She talked about being a wordsmith, sharing artists’ words and encouraging students to question institutions, and showing students love. The way she spoke about helping students grow as compassionate humans was so inspiring. Abby scaffolds these discussions the same way teachers scaffold all learning - she creates stepping stones to help students move away from singular stories about people and cultures unlike their own. Abigail (Abby) Birhanu is an artist and high school art teacher in St. Louis, Missouri. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, she moved to the United States at the age of nine. She has always believed in the power of art to shape and transform the learning outcomes, experiences, and identity of the next generation. She practices Choice Based Art to encourage creativity and confidence in her students as well as to help them take ownership of their artistic journey. Abby participated in the Fulbright Teachers Exchange Program as an exchange teacher to the United Kingdom. The experience was transformative and further solidified her commitment to cross-cultural learning and teaching. Abby loves traveling (21 countries and counting) and especially partaking in educational and cultural exchange opportunities with her students. As an educator, she is committed to anti-racist, anti-bias, and culturally responsive teaching that cultivates global citizens that understand and value the interconnected world community. Blog post with images and links: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-64-abby-birhanu/ abbybirhanu.wixsite.com/artistwebsite www.antiracistartteachers.org @ms_b_art_escapades @antiracistartteachers Facebook Group: Art Teachers for Anti Racist Curriculum Facebook Group: ABAR Education Action Group . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Check out the featured artists: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featured-artists/ Artist Talks sign up form: https://forms.gle/Tk3VDUCo9cdCGHCW7 Apply to do an IG Takeover @teachingartistpodcast: https://forms.gle/TqurTB9wvykPDbKZ6 Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/)
01:34:35
June 27, 2021
#63: Jeannie Siegler: Generosity of Spirit
Jeannie Siegler was my high school art teacher!! We reconnected a few years ago and she’s shown the same generosity she always embodied. She was one of those teachers that made me want to teach and now remains a mentor full of encouragement. I loved getting to know more about her background in this episode! Jeannie began her teaching career through the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, then taught in Washington D.C. public schools including Western High School, which later became Duke Ellington School of the Arts. She spent time teaching on the Rosebud Sioux reservation in South Dakota before settling outside Missoula, Montana where we first met as teacher and student. She spoke about her experience on the School Support Team for the state of Montana and how seeing the inner workings of many schools and districts along with the political mechanics surrounding them helped her understand the complexity of the issues in education. Jeannie offered advice for teachers and shared her challenges. We talked about setting up darkrooms in our basements, connections between science and art, and finding time for art-making. I loved getting to chat with Jeannie and share her wisdom and spirit with you! Blog post with images and links: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-63-jeannie-siegler/ @jeanniesiegler . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Check out the featured artists: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featured-artists/ Teaching The Truth Register for the Art Educators’ Lounge: Art & Business with Ekaterina Popova on June 26th: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/158750419779 Artist Talks sign up form: https://forms.gle/Tk3VDUCo9cdCGHCW7 Apply to do an IG Takeover @teachingartistpodcast: https://forms.gle/TqurTB9wvykPDbKZ6 Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/)
01:14:44
June 20, 2021
#62: Kathryn Rodrigues: Reflections, Refractions, and Shadows
Kathryn Rodrigues talked about being a 3rd culture kid, growing up in many countries and returning to the U.S. as a teenager, but not feeling at home. I loved how she talked about the space of transition, that time in motion and trying to capture that feeling in her work. She also shone a light on the world of freelance teaching artists, balancing teaching with art-making and parenting. Kathryn talked about the structure of her teaching time before the pandemic and how she brought the city of Chicago into the classroom through field trips to art venues as well as sharing local artists, working to create equity and improve access to cultural resources. She shared the idea of curriculum development centered around local BIPOC artists, rather than including them as an exception to the white-centered curriculum. That brought up a great question we can all ask ourselves - what is at the center of your teaching? Kathryn Rodrigues is a Chicago based artist and educator. She was born in Georgia and within weeks was on the move to her family's next destination. Her family moved to 10 different locations within the next 13 years, including Brazil, Mozambique, Portugal and Germany, before finally settling in Illinois. Being raised as a “third-culture kid” left her with a deep interest in cultural identity, notions of belonging and longing, domestic life, and the natural world. She often uses both visual and symbolic systems of mapping in her work as a way to express her interior life and navigate the world around her. Her work represents an investigation of and a reflection on the collection of experiences and memories that shape her identity. Kathryn received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Art Education from the Massachusetts College of Art. She has taught courses for children and adults at the Massachusetts College of Art, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Marwen. Exhibition highlights include the Chicago Cultural Center, Copley Society of Art, Woman Made Gallery, Midwest Center for Photography, Spilt Milk Gallery, Open House Contemporary and ARC Gallery. Blog post with images and more links: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-62-kathryn-rodrigues/ www.kathrynrodrigues.com @kathryn.rodrigues . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Check out the featured artists: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featured-artists/ Teaching The Truth Artist Talks sign up form: https://forms.gle/Tk3VDUCo9cdCGHCW7 Apply to do an IG Takeover @teachingartistpodcast: https://forms.gle/TqurTB9wvykPDbKZ6 Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/)
01:06:33
June 13, 2021
#61: Nisa Floyd: Come Back As A Flower
Nisa Floyd talked about honoring her feelings through her internal and personal art practice and how that also allows her to honor her students’ feelings in the classroom. Her gardening and plant metaphors are so beautiful and meaningful and woven throughout our conversation. She shared her experiences feeling the need to be a savior and then checking that need and asking how she could turn that urge to something truly helpful. She talks about art as a solution, as a way to create space for dialogue, and a way to tap into some of the deeply rooted beliefs that we need to change. The way she communes with community and asks “what does support look like for you?” is a model for institutions wanting to change systemically. We talked about shame and the power dynamic within breaking down a culture of white supremacy and how so often the work being done is not breaking down these systems at a skeletal level, but instead adding a pretty dress on top of this deformed skeleton. Nisa talked about her worries that her work at the institution could end with her and how she’s working to institutionalize change and develop systems rooted in community-based planning of programs. This conversation left me thinking deeply, considering how I can come back as a flower, for myself as a human, for my daughter and family, but also for my communities - my students, fellow art educators, and artist mothers. Thank you, Nisa!! Blog post with images and links: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-61-nisa-floyd/ @nisaimani on Instagram Stevie Wonder: "Come Back As A Flower" Atlanta Contemporary Art Makes . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Check out the featured artists: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featured-artists/ Teaching The Truth Artist Talks sign up form: https://forms.gle/Tk3VDUCo9cdCGHCW7 Apply to do an IG Takeover @teachingartistpodcast: https://forms.gle/TqurTB9wvykPDbKZ6 Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/)
01:21:56
June 06, 2021
#60: Sarah Pimenta: Conducting Creativity
Sarah talked about her participatory work with a wide variety of groups, from children in schools to community groups to corporate groups. She thinks of herself as a sort of conductor, using questions to pull out imagery and marks reflecting a story or theme. I loved hearing how she’s worked with a psychologist to publish books, but also develop programming, with the power of the arts for reflection and healing in mind. It was also interesting to hear about her own personal work with mosaic. The idea of allowing ourselves to make art that is “just” for us and not meant for sales or exhibition or teaching sometimes feels revolutionary. Blog post with images and links: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-60-sarah-pimenta/ . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Check out the featured artists: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featured-artists/ Teaching The Truth Artist Talks sign up form: https://forms.gle/Tk3VDUCo9cdCGHCW7 Apply to do an IG Takeover @teachingartistpodcast: https://forms.gle/TqurTB9wvykPDbKZ6 Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/)
59:50
May 30, 2021
#59: Jill Forie: Sink or Swim
Jill Forie talked about how she started and runs her custom sneaker business, Sink or Swim Kicks, alongside teaching. She shared tips and encouragement for teaching on a cart and really advocating for yourself. Jill also talked about anti-racist pedagogy and the importance of acknowledging her whiteness and both recognizing and celebrating the cultural differences present in her classroom. I loved the idea of realizing how many micro-decisions we make as artists during the creative process, but also how those begin as more macro-decisions that become intuitive through repetition. Jill is a Los Angeles based artist and teacher and proud native New Yorker. She is the sole (pun slightly intended) owner and operator of her custom footwear business, Sink or Swim Kicks, which she founded as an art ed student in 2009. Sink or Swim has opened many opportunities for Jill including magazine interviews, TV appearances, celebrity clients and more, but she always identifies as an educator first and a working artist second. She has been an art educator for 10 years and has a strong passion for providing equitable art education to her students. Jill finds that the arts can be the great equalizer in schools and aims to challenge traditional approaches to art education. Her aim is to mobilize art both literally and figuratively into all spaces. Through her work not only as an artist but as a business owner and educator, she aims to inspire her students to follow their own path and acknowledges the power of representation and celebrates the story of every student who enters her class. Blog post with images and links: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-59-jill-forie/ . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart @playinspiregallery Join us at the Art Educators' Lounge: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-educators-lounge-artist-talks-registration-153844477975 Check out the featured artists: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featured-artists/ Apply to do an IG Takeover @teachingartistpodcast: https://forms.gle/TqurTB9wvykPDbKZ6 Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/)
01:07:56
May 23, 2021
#58: Beth Welch: So What? You Can Draw...
Beth Welch talked about finding her voice and discovering what she wanted to say with her artwork. She shared so many valuable tips for artists about working with museums and improving your chances when submitting to open calls or sending proposals to curators. Be organized! As hard as that may be, it makes such a big difference when you make the curator’s life easier. Her perspective as a museum professional offered insight into not only working as an artist with museums, but also connecting with museums as an educator and the ways museums serve as educational institutions. Beth also spoke eloquently and beautifully about her own work and shared vulnerably about the impact of her mother’s stroke and dementia. I was in tears. You might hear some of my sniffles. I loved how she also shared how scary it is to put deeply personal work out into the world and to share the thoughts behind it. Yet, that is what creates such beautiful connections. Blog post with images and links: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-58-beth-welch/ www.bethwelchart.com @bethwelchstudio . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart Teaching The Truth Artist Talks sign up form: https://forms.gle/Tk3VDUCo9cdCGHCW7 Check out the featured artists: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featured-artists/ Apply to do an IG Takeover @teachingartistpodcast: https://forms.gle/TqurTB9wvykPDbKZ6 View our current exhibition: https://playinspiregallery.com/ Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/)
01:14:29
May 16, 2021
#57: Kelly Marshall: Invisible Labor
Kelly Marshall shared such helpful tips drawing on her experience as a special education teacher. She also offered advice about starting her own business and working with galleries. I loved hearing about how her work has evolved and the ideas behind her work. Her series of portraits of physician mothers during the pandemic is so moving. What an incredible project to illuminate the collective purpose and sacrifices of these doctors. Kelly Marshall followed her BA in Applied Art and Design with a career as a special education art teacher, helping students of diverse abilities in the classroom and in her children’s art studio, Color Construct Create Studios, which she owned and directed for 10 years. Marshall is in her 2nd year of the Visual Studies MFA program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Marshall’s exhibition/publication history includes The Jen Tough Gallery in Santa Fe, NM; The Visionary Projects, NY; Shockboxx Project Gallery, Hermosa Beach, CA; The Ashton Gallery, San Diego, CA; Artist/Mother Podcast Juried Exhibition; Roaring Artist Gallery; Circle Arts Foundation; and The Art Center, Corvallis, OR. She lives with her family, runs a studio classroom, and paints from her studio at Art on 30th in San Diego’s North Park. She is currently engaged in a collaboration with Physician Mom's Group to create a visual history of the role of women in medicine as it intersects with motherhood during the pandemic. Blog post with images and links: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-57-kelly-marshall/ www.kellymarshallfineart.com @ColorConstructCreate on Facebook @kelly_marshall_fine_art on Instagram @personalprotective_art on Instagram . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast and @pottsart Check out the featured artists: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featured-artists/ See our current exhibition, "Rise" at www.playinspiregallery.com Sign up to give a mini artist talk at the next Art Educator's Lounge meeting: https://forms.gle/Tk3VDUCo9cdCGHCW7 Apply to do an IG Takeover @teachingartistpodcast: https://forms.gle/TqurTB9wvykPDbKZ6 Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/)
01:19:05
May 02, 2021
#56: Tracy Brown: Being Seen
Tracy shared so vulnerably about body image and the importance of being seen and valued for who you are. She talked about struggling in school, but feeling power as an artist, and how her experiences shape her teaching. She shared so many wonderful resources for teaching and art-making, which I’ve also linked in the blog post, so don’t miss that! Tracy Brown was born and raised outside of Detroit, Michigan, and obtained a BFA with a major in art education from Michigan State University in 2005. She has been an art teacher for the past 14 years and she is dedicated to instilling a passion and appreciation for creation and self-expression into her students. Tracy believes in the ability of art to transform and bridge minds into understanding and unity. She moved to the desert to teach and make art during the great recession without intentions of staying but fell in love with the slower pace lifestyle, culture, and landscape of the desert. Over the last decade, Tracy has had an artist studio in downtown Tucson and has been actively showing her art in feminist exhibitions nationally and internationally. She has an impressive exhibition and publication history and has shown alongside some of the greats including the Guerrilla Girls. Blog post with images and links: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-56-tracy-brown/ www.tracybrownart.com @tracybrownart . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart  @playinspiregallery www.playinspiregallery.com www.mariacoit.com/join-play-inspire Check out the featured artists: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featured-artists/ Apply to do an IG Takeover @teachingartistpodcast: https://forms.gle/TqurTB9wvykPDbKZ6 Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/)
01:07:04
April 25, 2021
#55: Judy Richardson: Transformation
Judy Richardson is a sculptor living and working in the high desert mountains of Magdalena, New Mexico, recently transplanted from Brooklyn, NY. Her work is assembled and cobbled together with many dissimilar materials, and inspired by many different sources, from the political to the personal. She is a former scenic artist for the San Francisco Opera, which had an enormous effect on her work. Judy’s work was included in the Spring Break Art Fair in New York this past spring. For many years she showed her work with Ivan Karp at OK Harris Works of Art in New York. She is a 2013 recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant and has had a number of artist’s residencies, from Roswell, NM to the Vermont Studio Center to the Dune Shack of Cape Cod to Cochabamba, Bolivia, to Mesa Verde, CO. Judy is paying a lot of attention to the wind, the grass, and the bosque these days, and making work that reflects their forces. Judy talked about her work in scenic design before getting into teaching. She shared how teaching began as a necessity - a job that would allow her to bring her daughter and fit in with being a single parent. It was so helpful to hear about her experiences in NYC and how she’s built relationships with curators, gallerists, and fellow artists over many years. We talk on this podcast about building relationships with our students, but the same idea applies to all relationships in our lives. I love seeing how Judy’s work has changed as her location changes and hearing about her process of selecting and handling materials. She talked about the way materials drive her work and the meanings they hold. Blog post with images and links: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-55-judy-richardson/ www.judyrichardsonsculpture.com @judystudio . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart Check out the featured artists: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featured-artists/ Apply to do an IG Takeover @teachingartistpodcast: https://forms.gle/TqurTB9wvykPDbKZ6 Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/)
01:01:00
April 18, 2021
#54: Pat Cruz: Teaching Teaching Artists
Pat Cruz speaks about her art form being teaching Teaching Artists and translating between artists and teachers. She has worked in arts integration for over 25 years and recently started TEACH, an organization that strives to address the urgent issues of both climate change and education reform through arts integration. Through TEACH, she offers professional development for teachers, artists, and teaching artists as well as providing a platform for teaching artists to share their own workshops. As a first generation Filipino American, Pat Cruz loves to connect people from different cultures, something she has had to do from a very young age. The arts helped her to bridge her two worlds and better express herself when she struggled with language. She wants to help all students (especially those who struggle) to love school and love learning. She is an Atelierista and Arts Integration Specialist for the International School of Panama and the founder of the Transcontinental Educator Artist Collective for Humanity (TEACH). She is the founding director of The Teaching Artists Institute in Maryland and former Chief Innovation Officer for Young Audiences in Maryland. Pat Cruz has over 25 years of experience in integrating the arts into the curriculum. She taught for 10 years for Public Schools in the US, where she helped lead an arts integration pilot program beginning in 1998. This program significantly raised student achievement in reading and math. The results were so compelling that in 2005, she joined the nonprofit, Young Audiences Arts for Learning of Maryland (YA). As YA’s Education Director/Chief Innovation Officer, she designed PD programs and partnerships with schools and districts around Maryland. She also directed the Teaching Artists Institute, an intensive training program for Teaching Artists who want to integrate their art form into the school curriculum. Now, as atelierista at the International School of Panama, Pat Cruz helps students explore the hundreds of languages of the arts, music, dance, and theatre. Her goal is to help transform teaching practice through integrating the arts and teaching artists throughout the school day so that all students (and teachers) may find their voice and love learning. Blog post with images and links: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-54-pat-cruz/ www.teach-arts.org @teacharts on Linkedin @teachartist on Instagram . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart Check out the featured artists: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featured-artists/ Apply to do an IG Takeover @teachingartistpodcast: https://forms.gle/TqurTB9wvykPDbKZ6 Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/)
01:14:33
April 11, 2021
#53: Justin Bursk: Making Time for Looking
Justin Bursk talked about embracing imperfections and wrestling with the work. He shared how his time has shifted over the years from pushing through an MFA program while parenting 2 small children to seeing that time open up as his children become adults. I loved hearing about the metaphors in his work and the idea of “moving mountains” in his small sculptures build precariously onto wind-up toys. He uses shapes, line, and color so intentionally along with his signature 2 circles representing eyes or binoculars and the idea of looking. It was inspiring to hear how he keeps a positive attitude during this challenging time, while teaching hybrid from a cart. Whew! Justin Bursk lives, works, and plays in his hometown with the help of his family and 600 students. He has taught in Neshaminy School District for 25 years at every level most recently at Herbert Hoover Elementary for the last 10 years. Justin has exhibited locally and nationally including Hyde Park art center in Chicago, Seton Hall University in New Jersey, The Fire House in NY, and locally at Vox Populi Philadelphia, and the Institute of Contemporary art at the University of Pennsylvania. He attended Tyler School of Art at Temple university where he received a BFA in painting and an Art Education certificate and University of the Arts for a MFA in painting. Blog post with images and links: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-53-justin-bursk/ justinjosephbursk.com @jjbursk on instagram Featured Artist: www.gerryniemierowko.com @fatassmuchacho on Instagram . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart Check out the featured artists: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featured-artists/ Apply to do an IG Takeover @teachingartistpodcast: https://forms.gle/TqurTB9wvykPDbKZ6 Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/)
01:04:19
April 04, 2021
#52: Jeremy Blair: Education is Rhizomatic
Jeremy Blair had such helpful advice and encouragement from his perspective as an art education professor, educating future teachers. We kept coming back to the connections and rhizomatic nature of education - how these seeds we’re planting can grow and drop new seeds years down the road. Jeremy shared some exciting projects and ideas he’s exploring both in his own artwork and with his students. I loved hearing about his mobile darkroom, recreating Sol Lewitt’s instructional wall drawings in his STEAM Studio class, and plans for a room sized Rube Goldberg machine! I want to take his class! I’ll link to the artists and apps he mentioned and will share the resources he talked about. Jeremy is an Assistant Professor of Art Education at Tennessee Tech University. Jeremy received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Miami University and his doctorate from the University of North Texas. Before moving to Tennessee, he worked as a K-12 art teacher in Savannah, Georgia, a visiting professor at the University of Georgia, and a curator at the University of Colorado Art Museum. In addition to teaching, Jeremy is also a practicing artist. He participates in creative residencies and regularly exhibits cameraless and alternative process photography. He resides in Cookeville, Tennessee. Blog post with images and links: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-52-jeremy-blair/ @tntecharted - TN Tech Art Education Instagram @jeremyblairart - Personal Art Instagram www.blairarted.com . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart Check out the featured artists: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/featured-artists/ Join @addingvoices Patreon (No affiliation, we just love what they do!) Apply to do an IG Takeover @teachingartistpodcast: https://forms.gle/TqurTB9wvykPDbKZ6 Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/)
01:21:03
March 28, 2021
#51: Mallory Muya: Rooting In Place
Mallory Muya has such a thoughtful way of being and made some beautiful connections as we talked about land and place, engaging students and families, and claiming your space as an artist. I loved hearing about Bahar Behbahani’s project investigating water at Wave Hill. It connected to so many topics and sounded incredibly rich and meaningful. I’ve also been thinking a lot about water in my own work. Mallory drew connections between decentering ourselves as educators in the classroom and thinking about personal geography, our place, and the spaces we occupy. It was so helpful to hear about rooting these big ideas in our own bodies, asking questions about the physical space you’re existing within. She brought this into practice when I asked about her curiosity. I could feel her scanning her surroundings, getting in touch with her senses, and responding in the moment. It was so resonant how she talked about finding balance in her schedule and struggling with feelings of guilt over time spent deeply and enjoyably researching an artist for curriculum development. She also talked about being an introvert and how the connections with students and families are nourishing, but also require a rest sandwich. Yes! Blog Post with images and more links: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-51-mallory-muya/ www.mallorymuya.com @mallorymargaret_ on Instagram . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart Submit work to our Spring 2021 Open Call! playinspiregallery.com Join us for an Art Educators' Lounge Studio Share on 3/27: https://tinyurl.com/2497e3ze Apply to do an IG Takeover @teachingartistpodcast: https://forms.gle/TqurTB9wvykPDbKZ6 Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/)
55:03
March 21, 2021
#50: Gregory Quick: Creative Problem Solving
I loved how Greg talked about art being all about solving problems and how that was what excited him about being an artist. He shared how he sets parameters in the classroom and encourages students to solve problems in their own unique ways. It was also so refreshing and helpful to hear how he focuses on the positive in his work and allows himself to step away and take breaks when things aren’t working in the studio. It felt like permission to not push so hard, which is sometimes really needed. We talked a little bit about cryptoart and I couldn’t remember at the time of our conversation, but Candido Crespo was the artist who introduced me to cryptoart. Thanks Candido! Gregory Quick was born in Indianapolis, IN and raised in Greenville, MS. He earned his degree in Art with a minor in Graphic Design at the University of Southern Mississippi. He currently works as an art teacher in Shreveport, LA, teaching Kindergarten, 5th and 7th grade students. Blog post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-50-gregory-quick/ geequeart.com @x__juice__ on Instagram @_geeque_ on Twitter . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart View the "Catharsis" exhibit at playinspiregallery.com Submit work to the Spring Open Call at playinspiregallery.com/opencall/ Apply to do an Instagram Takeover (FREE): https://forms.gle/TqurTB9wvykPDbKZ6 Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/)
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March 14, 2021
#49: Kieren Dutcher: Breaking Through Barriers
Kieren Dutcher had such great advice to share about seasons in your career and writing children’s books and shifting to teaching online. I loved how she talked about not fitting everything in and re-prioritizing as you go. It can be so easy to beat ourselves up for not accomplishing enough, so it’s helpful to hear reinforcement for giving yourself more flexibility. I also always appreciate hearing from parents who are farther along the parenthood journey than I am. The common thread I hear is to give yourself grace and recognize that there will be times when parenting leaves little room for anything else, but that will change. It was wonderful to hear about her artwork and the way she creates texture in a variety of media. Kieren also talked about the shift from teaching children to teaching adult artists at NIAD and how inspiring both are in different ways. A third generation Oakland native, Kieren earned a BFA at California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC), and later an MA in Art Education at San Francisco State. She worked as a graphic artist, taught art to children for 20+ years, and had children of her own along the way - all of this plays a part in the artwork she creates today. She currently teaches part time at NIAD Art Center, a center for adults with disabilities in Richmond, and offers workshops online and in person. Blog post with links and images www.kierendutcher.com @kierendutcher on Instagram . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart View the "Catharsis" exhibit at playinspiregallery.com Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/)
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March 07, 2021
#48: Mandi Antonucci: Following Curiosity
Mandi Antonucci creates beautifully detailed and painterly drawings using colored pencils, ball point pens, and sometimes other materials. She shared how drawing was not always easy for her and she had to put in a lot of practice. She talked about dabbling in a variety of media and the rabbit holes she leaps down when a concept strikes her. It was wonderful hearing about her teaching experience and how she’s adapted to the bizarre situation of hybrid teaching. Like some of our other recent guests, Mandi talked about collaborating with her own children and with her students. She talked about how important discussions with her students are to her own art-making. Mandi also shared how a student asked her how often she thought about the fact that she’s white and it was a huge learning moment for her as a teacher. She talked about how she stopped class and gave him space to share his experiences while continuing to ask questions as a way to facilitate dialogue. Mandi Antonucci is a visual artist residing in Geneseo, New York.  After receiving her BFA in Printmaking and BA in Art History from Nazareth College, she continued to Rochester Institute of Technology for her MST in Art Education.  Mandi has worked as a High School Art Teacher at Batavia City Schools since 2005, where she appreciates the ability to foster a love of art with her students while she continues to work on her Pop Surrealist drawings. Blog post with links and images: https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-48-mandi-antonucci/ www.mandiantonucci.com @mandi_antonucci on Instagram . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart View the "Catharsis" exhibit at playinspiregallery.com Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/)
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February 28, 2021
#47: Don Masse: Shine Brite: Illuminating the World
I have been inspired by Don Masse’s blog for years and loved getting to talk with him and pick his brain! He shared some great tips and inspiration for artists and teachers, including exciting ways of using digital tools for art-making with students. We talked about balancing art and teaching and family and all the things - or struggling with that balance. I loved his method of teaching collage as a playful, experimental art form by offering glue only at the end of class. He spoke about seeking and sharing contemporary artists, local artists, and artists that act as windows and mirrors for his students to make art relevant. I loved hearing about how he has made work with his own kids through a back and forth collaborative process. It’s always inspiring for me to talk with other teaching artist parents and hear about how they balance it all and bring art into every aspect of life. Don Masse is an influential art teacher who has been active in the field for over 20 years. He teaches in San Diego at Zamorano Fine Arts Academy, a public arts magnet school. Don has presented at several Art Ed Now conferences put on by the Art of Education and has been a guest on their podcast, Art Ed Radio. He frequently writes for Arts & Activities Magazine, and maintains a blog where I first discovered him: Shine Brite Zamorano. He is well known for incorporating contemporary artists into his curricula and developing collaborative projects with his students. www.shinebritezamorano.com @shinebritezamorano on Instagram and Facebook @dmasse on Instagram @shinebriteproductions on Facebook Don's Etsy Shop: Shinebriteproducts Don's Threadless Shop: @shinebriteproductions . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart View the "Catharsis" exhibit at playinspiregallery.com Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/)
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February 21, 2021
#46: Candido Crespo: Origin Story
I have loved connecting with Candido Crespo on social media and it was such a pleasure to chat with him! He spoke about the importance of taking the time to build relationships and get to know your students and offered tips for teachers. I also loved hearing about his work and the projects he has going on. Like me, he’s dreaming up more than he has time for, but is doing incredible work encouraging fathers through his CreativiDad Project, and encouraging artists through One Love Art Sessions, all while teaching and making art and parenting. Candido talked about being seen and also being targeted. He shared how hurtful it is when teachers assume a student knows about a certain culture or history or that a student will love an artist solely based on that student’s cultural background. He talked about engaging students in curriculum redesign by asking them which artists are most engaging and relevant. Candido Crespo is a husband, father, artist, and art educator. He has taught in the Central Islip Union Free School District in Central Islip, New York for 14 years. He received his BS in Visual Arts Education from SUNY New Paltz and his MA from Stony Brook University. He also recently earned his School Building and School District Administrative Certifications. His educational philosophy is truly rooted in relationships over content and is an advocate for art teachers practicing art. He is a firm believer that art teachers are at their best when they not only teach others but create for themselves. He is currently exploring crayons and markers with his son and sticker design, digital drawing, watercolor paintings, and pencil drawing on his own. Blog post with links and images @mrccrespo on Instagram and Twitter @crespoarts on Instagram and Twitter @creatividadproject on Instagram and @creatividadproj on Twitter @oneloveartsessions on Instagram and @oneloveartsess on Twitter oneloveartsessions.com Crespo Arts Store . . . Follow: @teachingartistpodcast @pottsart View the "Catharsis" exhibit at exhibit.teachingartistpodcast.com Support this podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, or see more ways to support here (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/). We also offer opportunities for artists!  (https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/opportunities/)
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February 14, 2021