Teaching Artist Podcast

Teaching Artist Podcast

By Rebecca Potts
Teaching Artist Podcast was started by Rebecca Potts, a visual arts teaching artist. She interviews practicing artists who are also K-12 educators. This podcast is dedicated to discussions of teaching art, making art, and how those things overlap and feed each other.
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Exhibit! "See Where It Takes You" opens July 10
So, I said I wasn’t going to release an episode this week…and I’m not really. This is a mini-episode to share more about our upcoming exhibit. I am so excited to be working with Maria Coit of Curated for Kids on this project. Contemporary Art For Young Audiences is what we’re calling this collaboration between Teaching Artist Podcast and Curated for Kids. Our first exhibit is titled See Where It Takes You. This is an online group exhibition opening July 10, 2020. During this Great Pause while we are spending more time at home connected through devices, this exhibit brings contemporary artwork and inspiration to children in their homes. This is more than an exhibit - it is also a resource for parents and art teachers. This exhibit showcases for young audiences the work of nine artists, many of whom are also teachers. The show includes video interviews with artists sharing their creative process, the meanings behind their work, and their advice for aspiring artists. The title comes from The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” says Vashti’s teacher in The Dot. This book is a favorite of elementary art teachers and has even inspired International Dot Day celebrations around the world. That first dot Vashti makes leads her on a journey of creating all sorts of dots, exploring color and scale, positive and negative space. Like many contemporary artists, she discovers an interest and digs into it, pushing her work in new directions. Participating Artists: Pamella Allen Stephanie Barenz Aaron Bos-Wahl Deane V. Bowers Nikki Brugnoli Denise Gasser Heather Lowe Deborah Reilly Alice Stone Collins While our focus is on sharing artwork in an accessible way, the work will be for sale. 70% of sales will directly support the artists, while 20% will be donated to an incredible organization. We are thrilled to support Amplifier through this exhibit. They offer free programming for educators and have also developed at-home learning toolkits. “The Education Amplifier program is committed to amplifying the voices of social change movements through art and community engagement by creating meaningful ways for educators and their students to join the conversation. We achieve this by collaborating with social change movements to create and distribute teaching tools such as artwork, lesson plans, art builds, and storytelling opportunities to registered Amplifier educators for their classrooms. We are bridging the gap between education and social change movements to inspire youth around the country to lead social change.” Join us for our opening online event on Friday, July 10th in instagram live! We’re also planning to do an artist talk event series, so be sure to follow us @teachingartistpodcast and @curatedforkids. I can’t wait!! You can support this exhibition and podcast in many ways! Find out how at www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/
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July 5, 2020
#16: Mark Rode: Advocating for Arts Education
It was so much fun talking with Mark Rode! Our chat brought me down memory lane a bit as my path was similar in many ways to his. Living in New York in our 20’s, engaged in the art world there, with dreams of becoming an art professor. I loved hearing how Mark’s dreams shifted and how his art practice is also shifting to better align with other values in life - like family and stability! It’s also been helpful doing follow-up chats about racism with the artists I’ve interviewed. I realize that these questions were shockingly lacking from my initial thoughts about what to discuss, so my attempt to rectify that is going back to those that have been recorded, but not yet released. Mark talked about several Black artists that he likes to share with students, including one I didn’t know. I’ll link to them in the blog post, so go check that out. Building community and advocating for ourselves and our profession is so important. I love what Mark has done to highlight other art teachers with his interview website, ask the art teacher. Go check it out! He has some great interviews with incredible art teachers including Don Masse, Nic Hahn, Cassie Stephens, Julie Voigt and many more. I also really like his paintings and how he pushes space and depth using hard lines, opacity, value, color, and texture. I’m excited to see what’s next as his practice ebbs and flows. It was nice to talk about the reality of trying to maintain an art practice while teaching and parenting young children. And Mark is still in the thick of it with a 4 year old and 8 month old! I love his idea of shifting to drawing or watercolor on paper for a while. Mark Rode is an artist and educator based in Minneapolis.  He paints within the realm of geometric abstraction, exploring the spatial possibilities and contradictions in the picture plane. Mark also teaches visual art to students in grades 1-5 at an elementary school in the Twin Cities.  His students are a continual source of inspiration. Blog post with images www.markrodeonline.com Ask the Art Teacher @artwithmr.rode (Teaching Instagram) @mark_rode (Personal Instagram)
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June 28, 2020
#15: Chris Brandt: Letting the Process Lead
It was so great talking with Chris Brandt about her winding path to teaching, her art-making, and TAB. I’ve mentioned before how I started attempting to shift to teaching for artistic behavior (or TAB) this year, so it was so helpful to hear about how Chris structures her curricula and sets up her classroom. Chris was generous with her time in recording a second time to talk about racism very honestly and with vulnerability. I really appreciate her openness and desire to continue improving how she works towards eliminating racism in her classroom and teaching. With this addendum, the episode got quite long, but I decided to keep it all together in one long episode... listen in chunks if needed.  :)  Christina (Chris) Brandt is a teaching artist at The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas.  She graduated with a BFA in drawing and painting from The Ohio State University, and recently completed her master’s degree in Art Education from Texas Tech University. Chris still paints but has expanded her work into clay and metals as well.  Her recent sculptures are based on Aesop’s fables, depicting the animals as they learn human moral lessons. Chris teaches Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, primer and fourth grade art as well as eighth grade ceramics and sculpture.  The Hockaday School is a PK-12 girls’ school that values the fine art.  Chris uses the Teaching for Artistic Behavior method in her early childhood art classroom.  The girls learn new art skills and methods while enjoying the freedom to create what they desire with the mediums they choose. Living in a suburb of Dallas, Chris is married and has three grown children and three rambunctious long-haired dachshunds. Blog post with images www.chrisbrandtartwork.com @christbrandt1212 on Instagram Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) Art Workshop for Children by Barbara Rucci Engaging Learners Through Artmaking by Katherine M. Douglas and Diane B. Jaquith Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me by Maya Angelou Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World by Selby Beeler Alison Saar's Mirror Mirror; Mulatta Seeking Inner Negress II, 2015 A brief article about Alison Saar Toko Shinoda's work that "blends traditional calligraphy with Modern abstraction" Kimmy Cantrell's Masks Leonardo Drew's work Firelei Baez's work
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June 21, 2020
#14: Liz Brent: Making Art Accessible
Speaking with Liz Brent was so refreshing! Her passion for art and for her students came through so strongly. I loved hearing how she balances it all and how she has adjusted during this time of social distancing. Liz also had such great messages of encouragement to share! It was so evident in talking with her that she cares deeply for all her students - whether kids she’s working with in school, or adults she’s teaching through her membership program. I’m also so impressed with her business sense - something I’m struggling with - and how she continues to find new ways of reaching people with her art and teaching practices. Liz keeps love, patience, and kindness at the heart of what she does. She’s cultivating peace through painting. Liz Brent is an art teacher, artist, and owner of BrentArt, where she and her family create custom art for people all over the country. She has taught hundreds of students how to paint - From K to Adult, beginners to advanced. She recently opened her online painting membership, the Painter's Retreat, to combine her experience as an artist and art teacher to share her love for painting with others. She earned her BFA in Art Education and Masters in Special Education and is currently a high school special education teacher and case manager. With her experience working with diverse learners, she makes sure to break down painting into a simple, step-by step process. From art camps and nursing homes, to high schools and community centers, she’s pretty much taught everywhere. She says “My goal is to make art accessible for all, one lesson at a time.” Thank you, Liz! Blog post with images www.lizbrentart.com Teachable @lizbrentart on instagram Liz Brent Art on Facebook Patreon Brent Art (the Brent family business)
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June 14, 2020
#13: Aaron Bos-Wahl: Awe at the World
I weighed skipping some time between episodes as we stand together for justice, freedom from oppression, and an end to police brutality. While I won't be and haven't been promoting podcast episodes nearly as much as usual, I decided to go ahead with this scheduled episode with Aaron Bos-Wahl, a talented artist and caring educator. I thought it might be helpful in some way to hear us (2 white artists) grapple with race and representation in the classroom. We talk about a lot of other things as well of course, but back in April when we recorded, representation was on our minds. I also added a longer than usual intro speaking about racism and teaching from an anti-racist platform. It was great to reconnect with Aaron Bos-Wahl, who got his MFA at Washington University in St. Louis with me. He’s been teaching elementary art at a charter school in Philadelphia for the past 5 years while also maintaining his studio practice. I loved hearing about how his career has shifted since grad school and what he loves about teaching at the elementary level. Aaron Bos-Wahl was born in 1982 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2007, he earned his BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Iowa and in 2010 his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. He currently lives in Philadelphia where he teaches elementary art at Inquiry Charter School. I love the idea Aaron brought up of looking with awe at the world, capturing the childlike vision of our students in our own art practice. It was also encouraging to hear how he continues to make art and keep a studio through the challenges of time, budgeting, and self doubt. Realizing that there’s a natural ebb and flow to creativity just as there is to most things in life is soooo helpful. I’ll try to remember his words about keeping faith in the process and having the courage to continue making next time I’m in the ebb stage. Thank you, Aaron!! Blog post with images @boswahl Some of Aaron's students' artwork made at the beginning of distance learning Some artists Aaron's been loving lately: Hilary Pecis Jordan Casteel Giordanne Salley Louis Fratino
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June 7, 2020
#12: Cassie Stephens: Being Fully Yourself
Back in March, I spoke with Cassie Stephens! Yes, THE Cassie Stephens, art teacher extraordinaire. If you don’t know her, just google her name. I have to admit, I was suuuuper nervous during this interview. Cassie Stephens is such an incredible art teacher and has been so generous in how she shares her knowledge and experience with the world via youtube, her podcast, her books, and now her instagram live series. I tried to ask her about things she hadn't shared elsewhere and loved hearing about her own creative process and practice, including hesitation to just dive into new materials and techniques, learning to be ok with shifting passions, and the benefits of being a hoarder. Haha. She talked about scratching your creative itch and working your passions into your teaching to bring enthusiasm to the classroom. It was also so refreshing to hear that despite seeming to magically produce an insane amount of content and fashion while teaching full-time, she is as human as us all and just has lots of projects going all the time, many of which take months or even years to complete. After spending entirely too long at Indiana University getting her degree in both painting and art education, Cassie Stephens did her student teaching in the magical land of Ireland. While she was away, her parents, fully aware of her slacker ways, sent out 52 art teacherin’ job applications to such far away places as Alaska. One such place that called her for an interview was Nashville, Tennessee. On a whim, she loaded up her jean-jumpers, resume and chain-smoking grandma to made the trip to Nashville where she landed her first teaching gig. Fast forward nearly 15 years and Cassie had settled down with her husband and their three cats. Sadly, she’d fallen into an art teacherin’ slump rehashing stale art lessons, still wearing those sad jean jumpers and doing little creating of her own. It was then that she decided to create a blog that might help snap her out of her funk.  Zip forward once more to the present. These days, you can find Cassie teaching in Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville. She’s written two books filled with sewing and clay crafts for kids and art teachers alike. You can also take a listen to her podcast where she shares all things life and art teacherin’. Thank you so much, Cassie!! I loved hearing such encouragement from her, from art-making to teaching to just hitting record right now. The more I think about it, the more I feel that her superpower is encouragement. Every time I watch her videos, I feel it - whether intended for kids or other art teachers, she beams enthusiasm and getting things done. She talked about allowing her passions and interests to change over the course of her life - going from oil painting to fashion - and being open to continued change. Blog post with images Cassie's Blog Cassie's Youtube @cassie_stephenz on Instagram Cassie Stephens Art on Facebook @cassiestephens on Twitter Cassie's podcast (or search her name in your favorite podcast app) Favorite Lessons for Home Based Art Education Chris Uphues Lesson we talked about as a way for kids to process and share emotions. This lesson focused on happiness, but as we mentioned in the podcast, allowing for any emotion to surface and come out can be cathartic. Book: Clay Lab for Kids Book: Stitch & String Lab for Kids
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May 31, 2020
#11: Chloe Alexander: Presence & Persistence
Speaking with Chloe Alexander was such a joy. She brings such positivity while keeping things very real and honest. She shared great advice for continuing to create art and push yourself forward. I also loved hearing about her work - both the physical processes with layers of drawing, print, and collage and the content with layers of meaning. I’ve probably mentioned here before that my background is in printmaking, so I just love talking with other printmakers! Chloe Alexander is a printmaker from Atlanta, Georgia. Her most recent work focuses on creating visual narratives by layering various printmaking techniques to create one-of-a-kind, mixed media drawings. Chloe obtained her BFA in Printmaking in 2010 and M.Ed in 2014, both from Georgia State University. In addition to her personal art practice, she works as a high school Drawing and Fashion Illustration & Design instructor. Chloe has exhibited work across Atlanta, the Southeast, and internationally, including Georgia State University, the Prism Art Fair during Miami Art Week, Print Austin, and Etch Ink Gallery at the Athens Printmaking Center in Athens, Greece. Most recently, Chloe was awarded a 2020-2022 residency with the Creative Project in Atlanta, Georgia. Chloe’s drive and persistence really struck me. She kept at it, adjusted and re-applied when she got rejected, sought out resources and made career shifts to support her art practice. That bit of encouragement she shared towards the end was also wonderful. Artists and art educators out there, keep making if it helps keep you sane and helps you process emotions. Take a break if that helps. We’re nearing the end of the school year here (I teach until mid-June) and I know next fall is very uncertain, but hang in there. Chloe’s work is also so beautiful and full of meaning. The idea of engaging in the same thing while being disengaged with each other - ugh. So apt. The imagery of the carrier pigeon sending a message out into the world really struck me as we all send our messages through the air right now. Go look at her work! And speaking of sending messages, I would love to hear from you! Send me an email at teachingartistpodcast@gmail.com, tag me or DM me on Instagram @teachingartistpodcast , or send a voice message to that same email that I can share on the podcast! Links: thehaplessprintmaker.com @thehaplessprintmaker The Creatives Project Adobe Spark Book: First Six Weeks of School  Rug Tufting Machine from Tim Eads Mychaelyn Michalec - artist whose name I butchered who uses the rug tufter (sorry Mychaelyn!)
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May 24, 2020
#10: Rachel Petrucelli: Making Time for the Artist in You
Rachel Petrucelli had some great wisdom to share around technology and fundraising. We recorded this episode in February, before we were even aware of the pandemic that has now made technology such a vital part of teaching and learning. Rachel recently finished her masters in Instructional technology and has been Incorporating augmented reality into her lessons as well as teaching students to photograph their own work for their online portfolios. Did you know class dojo now has a portfolio option? So cool! Rachel also shares her favorite fundraiser options for art teachers and what she loves about them. Rachel Petrucelli is a teaching artist at an elementary school in Georgia and has been teaching grades PreK-5th for five years. Her passion is to teach art because it is a part of her whole being, and she wants to instill a love and appreciation for it in all people. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a BFA in Art Education and recently graduated with her M.Ed. for Instructional Technology at Kennesaw State University. Rachel likes to incorporate technology into her art lessons by having students use iPads to upload their artwork to their digital portfolios, create animations, and videos. In college her favorite mediums were ceramics and jewelry and metal work, but now she enjoys painting after work or on the weekends. Art has always been her inspiration and motivation in life, and she wants to continue to share this inspiration. She aspires to be a teacher who is exciting, inspirational, and expands opportunities for students. It was great talking with Rachel! I found it so inspiring how she’s been making time for her own art practice little by little after realizing that not making that time really impacted her. I love the idea of the subscription that gives you a little outside push to make art - knowing you paid for this and the next one is coming! My version of that was to start a little local critique/support group with another teaching artist and it has been soooo helpful. Maybe your version of carving out that creative time is doing a challenge and sharing on social media like Austin Fabinski’s 31 day challenge or Deborah Reilly’s portrait project. Whatever it looks like for you, if you feel yourself longing for more personal art-making, find a way to make a little time for art! Blog post with images Instagram: @ArtwithMrs.P  and @rachpetrucelli Rachel's Blog/Portfolio Facebook: Mrs. Petrucelli's Art Class Twitter: @EvansdaleArt Let's Make Art subscription boxes Artome fundraiser that sets up an art show with frames Square 1 Art fundraiser Rachel uses before the winter holidays
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May 17, 2020
#9: Austin Fabinski: Pursuing A Dream
It was fun getting to know Austin Fabinski! He was so honest and open about the challenges he’s faced as an art teacher and an artist - never enough time or money, a learning disability that made school difficult, and lack of business knowledge. Austin faced those head-on and took a leap to pursue his dream of being an artist. Austin Fabinski is an artist from the Detroit Metropolitan Area in Michigan. He earned his BA from Oakland University with a K-12 Art Education certification. He has been teaching art to all ages for the past 5 years. In 2019 he quit full-time teaching to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a full-time artist. He currently teaches private and small group art lessons and spends most days in the studio painting. His work is focused on animals. They are where he finds the most joy. Austin works primarily in acrylic and watercolor, as these media allow him to paint quickly. He offers his original work along with prints and commissions. When Austin is not teaching or painting, he spends time at the gym, walking his dogs, on the lake, or just hanging with friends and family. I love how open he was about working multiple jobs just to stay afloat and the frustration of earning more as a part time server than a full-time teacher. Ugh. I also keep hearing from artists I speak to and from other podcasts I listen to, how helpful mentors and coaches can be. I’m so glad Austin’s mentor in business has helped him with the shift to full-time artist and I hope he hangs in there through this pandemic. If you’re in the market for layered animal paintings, pet portraits, or fun color theory shirts, go support Austin! Blog post with images AustinFabinskiArt.com @austinfabinskiart on Instagram @austinfabinskiart on TikTok AustinFabinksi_ART on Facebook @artists.supportartists on Instagram Artist Academy run by Andrea Ehrhardt 99% Invisible Podcast by Roman Mars
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May 9, 2020
#8: Nikki Brugnoli: Daily Ritual as Art Practice
I loved talking with Nikki! We discussed how and why she made the shift from teaching at the university level to teaching high school and the value allowing her career dream to change brought to her life. She talked about how she balances teaching and family and art-making and how her art practice is connected to every part of her life. She uses daily rituals to continue making throughout the busy times. She talked about embracing failure as an opportunity to learn. Nikki has such an incredible way with words and I found myself wanting to write down so many of her phrases! I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did! I especially liked the idea of teaching on a platform of failure, helping high-achieving students learn to embrace failure and learn from it, both in artwork and in life. I also love the lists she shared of her current inspiration. Check out the blog post to see photos and links to the books she’s reading, podcasts and music she’s listening to, and art she loves. Thank you, Nikki!! Nikki Brugnoli received her BFA from Seton Hill University (2004) and her MFA from The Ohio State University (2007). She currently teaches studio art at Flint Hill School, in Oakton, VA and serves on the Artist Advisory Committee for the IA&A at Hillyer, Washington D.C. Previously, she served on the faculty at George Mason University and was the Assistant Graduate Programs Coordinator and Graduate Advisor in the School of Art. She also was the Coordinator of the Art Lab at the Lorton Workhouse, Lorton, VA and served as a Hamiltonian Mentor. Nikki has taught at The Ohio State University, the Northern Virginia Community Colleges, and The Renaissance School in Charlottesville, VA. Nikki’s work is included in many private collections across the United States, and is featured in national academic and public institutions. Nikki is married to Artist/Maker, Josh Whipkey and they have one son, Finnegan, a crazy tabby kitty boy, Augustus Ravioli, and one-year old golden retriever, Joon. They started SILO PRESS, a small artist residency in their farm house in Warrenton, VA in 2017. In her recent 2-person show with her husband, Josh Whipkey, at Riverviews Artspace, both artists aim to share their experiences of loss, transformation, re-evaluation and memory, after being displaced from their home in 2015. Check out her site for more images and poetic writing accompanying each body of work. Blog post with images nikkibrugnoli.com @nikki_brugnoli Silo Press - the residency program Nikki and her husband run out of their home
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May 3, 2020
#7: Christy L Culp: Dedication to a Studio Practice
I laughed so much talking with Christy Culp! It was a joy to hear her insights on teaching while building an art career. She talked about becoming a master questioner and learning to say yes to student ideas. She shared her road to gallery representation and how she seeks opportunities and creates community connections. We dig into how she balances all the things (hint: you have to say NO to some of them!). Christy Culp is a studio potter and art educator making functional pottery. Her work is created to bring beauty and pleasure to objects of daily use-- coffee and tea cups, bowls, plates, platters and more. Christy Culp teaches high school art, but started her teaching career in middle school art. She is also a lifelong student and often takes workshops to continue building skills and stretching outside her comfort zone. I especially loved what she said about saying NO to things that are not serving you and reframing that as opening up an opportunity for someone else to step into that role. That requires prioritizing as well - deciding what you really want to say YES to - is it pulling off an amazing student art show? Perfecting lessons? Contributing to the school community? Or Studio time? Working on the business side of your art career? Or family time? Christy shared her weekly schedule with me after our interview, which includes about 2 hours of studio time every day and more on weekends. That is dedication! She also includes time with her husband, dogs, and friends, and time for pilates and exercise. Christy also sent me a GORGEOUS mug, which she’ll be happy to hear I’ve been using for coffee each morning. The painted and carved details are beautiful! I love how the carving adds a bit of texture. The form of it is also perfect for warming my hands, which always seem to be freezing. Thank you, Christy!! @christylculp Christy Culp Ceramics on Facebook Christy Culp's Etsy Shop Charlie Cummings Gallery Arts Education Collaborative - the organization that has supported several of Christy's projects Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh
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April 26, 2020
#6: Deborah Reilly: Encouraging the Artist Within
Deborah Reilly’s home is full of her beautiful artwork, but also beautifully decorated with calming colors, textures, and light. It was so nice to talk with her there over delicious snacks and mimosas! We chatted in a meandering way about teaching and art-making, yet kept coming back to encouraging artists - both our students and ourselves. Deborah and I met through the organization we both work for, P.S. Arts. I was leading an art activity booth at a fundraiser and she arrived to help, wearing almost the same army-green hoodie as me, over our matching event tee-shirts and jeans. We got to chatting and discovered that we both grew up in Montana, which feels rare here in Los Angeles. Our work reflected that background - we had both been drawing and painting lots of pine trees and thinking about the fires across the Western U.S. I loved getting to visit her space and talk more about art and teaching! Thank you Deborah!!  Whether abstract paint on canvas, watercolor portraits of people or pets, marker work, kids books, or hand stitched forms with needle, burlap and thread, Deborah Reilly’s common thread is her love of line. In her work, line, shape, and color take form to represent that which is visual and that which is unseen. Art has a unique ability to connect us to one another. Courage and compassion are required to tackle a blank canvas in whatever the context. Deborah’s role as teacher is to guide the collective and the individual to their goal. Having a sense of humor also helps..and word play...and rhyme. Deborah takes her Montana roots with her wherever she goes and is continually drawn to the sunshine, warm tropical waters, and nature’s beauty. She travels the country with her dogs, taking the scenic route and hiking along the way. Small Art Camps hosted in her home studio in Venice provide a great introduction to a variety of art practices in a fun and exploratory environment. Teaching is a give and take. You’ve got to listen with your ears, your eyes, and your heart to guide each individual to their own expressive and creative curiosity. Deborah holds a BFA from Montana State University, Bozeman. She shows and sells work through local venues, including Mart Bar LA, and online. She has written and illustrated 4 children’s books. The latest one is The Collected Writings of A. Morkus Dog, inspired by her beloved dog, Mork. She teaches elementary art and has taught workshops and private lessons for both kids and adults. Her dogs, Mork and Cleo, make their appearance in the podcast - keep an ear out for their protective barks, squeaky toys, and adorable little footsteps. We do also swear a little bit, so this one might not be for young ears. Blog post with images deborahreilly.com amorkusdog.com deborahreillyart on Facebook @d.reilly.art - Art @amorkusdog - Mork @dr.art.101 - Teaching P.S. Arts Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain The Little Prince Mart Bar LA June Edmonds
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April 19, 2020
#5: Stephanie Barenz: Re-Imagining Home
Stephanie Barenz teaches early childhood art at an international school in Shanghai. She shifted from teaching at the university level a few years ago, so we dig into how that change impacted her art making and her teaching. Stephanie also shares great advice for moving forward with your art career during this time while giving yourself grace.  I went to grad school with Stephanie, but had lost touch a bit, so it was amazing to hear about her travels, how her career has shifted, and how her artwork is evolving. As an art teacher slash artist based in China, Stephanie has some insight on our current COVID-19 situation. Her school began social distancing and online teaching back in January. She shares how that shift affected her and some tips and encouragement for art teachers still in the beginning stages of distance learning. Shanghai-based artist Stephanie Barenz, creates mixed media works inspired by the layered experience of moving between point A and point B. Her work merges photography, printmaking, painting and collage. Barenz received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. Before living in China, she taught at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and ran her own studio + gallery in Milwaukee, WI. She completed residencies at the Art Students League of New York, Chicago Printmakers’ Collaborative and the Pfister Hotel in Wisconsin. Selected exhibitions include the Art Canton Contemporary Art Fair in Guangzhou, Solonia Art Center in Suzhou, Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin Artist Biennial at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, John Michael Kohler Art Center, and the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts in Milwaukee. Barenz has taught art internationally and has presented on the topic of “Collaboration in Art Education” at conferences in Hong Kong and Taipei. Her process is soooo interesting to me! She puts her work through an incredible push and pull between digital and physical processes involving layering painting, prints, photos, and collage.  I know I will be getting organized to follow Stephanie’s lead in applying to the directories and art advisors she mentioned. Links to these are below. I also love her drawing prompts project with her students, using Seesaw’s built-in drawing option with the intention of printing the drawings for a collaborative mural later on. Blog post with images StephanieBarenz.com @stephaniebarenz Artwork Archive: https://www.artworkarchive.com/ and https://www.artworkarchive.com/call-for-entry Art of Education (AOE) The Year of Less - A book by Cait Flanders Stephanie's Generous List of Directories & Art Advisors: Art in Embassies Eaton Fine Art Nine Dot Arts' DotFolio Boston Art Artists Circle Fresh Paint Amazing Artists She Mentioned (who also got their MFA's at WUSTL): Lawrence Keaty Aaron Bos-Wahl
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April 12, 2020
#4: Pamella Allen: Creating Space
I loved re-connecting with Pamella Allen! She has always been an artist. Her love for teaching came when she was managing a bush camp in Malawi and decided to volunteer at the local school. From there, she went on to teach in India after an artist residency there moved her to get involved in the community, and then in NYC where I met her. She has taught all ages and continues to teach as a teaching artist for several non-profit organizations working in schools and senior centers. We met when I helped manage art education programs for the Brooklyn Arts Council and got to visit her classrooms to see her in action. It was such a pleasure hearing more about her background and her artwork! Pamella Allen is a Jamaica born, Brooklyn based artist who uses artifacts from her own life experiences pulled out of the chaos of memory and observation. Pamella’s work is layered in process. Mixed media paintings, printmaking, sculpture, paper making, installation, photography, video, essay, and prose combine to create her own archetype, a universal language of images found and remembered that speaks to the diversity of her Jamaican/African heritage and lived experiences traveling the world over land and sea. Pamella has been traveling the world and producing art for over 25 years. She has participated in traditional studio residencies, created commissions for corporate and private collectors, curated art exhibitions, and shared her arts process in underserved communities in Africa, India, and New York. I loved what Pamella said about creating space - space for making art, for looking at art, for sharing ideas. Space for healing, for connecting with nature and with each other. That is soooo needed right now! She also mentioned teaching art with no supplies - zero! Nothing! She drew in the dirt with her students. How apt is that? as art teachers everywhere try to figure out how to teach online to students who may have no supplies. Go follow Pamella, send her a note, and buy her work if you can! Now is the time to support artists and small businesses! Blog post with images pamellaallen.com @allen.pamella Pamella's work on Saatchi
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April 5, 2020
#3: Kate Hessin: Papier Mache and Motherhood While Teaching
I’ve followed Kate’s work on Instagram for a while and it was so nice to talk with her! Kate Hessin is an emerging multimedia artist, who lives and works in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada. Kate’s work moves fluidly from sculpture to works on paper. She is interested in exploring the ways in which society’s deeply held expectations for mothers manifests themselves into the lives of modern parents. Kate playfully uses a folkloric whimsy and humour to create an inviting space for unpacking the darker aspects of motherhood, such as: postpartum depression, breastfeeding struggles, shame, exhaustion and guilt. Kate is also a middle school art teacher. We talk about teaching this age level and choosing which personal artwork to share with them. She shares some paper mache tips that are super helpful. We also dig into motherhood as it relates both conceptually and practically to Kate’s work. I could talk about these things all day! We strayed quite a bit from teaching and art-making, but it’s all connected and it was so interesting hearing about how she’s been creating work around these topics for basically her entire artistic career. I hope you enjoy this conversation! I also really like the idea Kate had of artistic bias as something to be aware of as an art teacher, especially a teacher who is also deeply engaged in your own art-making. I do think a lot about kid aesthetic vs. adult aesthetic, but it’s nice to add another layer to that of my own personal aesthetic and preferences and how those impact my teaching. View images on the Blog Post for the Episode. Go check out Kate’s work and follow her! katehessin.com @katehessin on instagram @hessinkate on twitter Teaching For Artistic Behavior (TAB) Studio Thinking From the Start (book) TAB Facebook Group Artist / Mother Podcast and Community
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March 29, 2020
#2: Morgan Auten Smith: The Hustle and Experimentation
I had such a meaningful talk with Morgan Auten Smith! I felt like we were sort of peeling back an onion and just kept finding more little commonalities and points of connection. Yet so many of her super personal struggles and pieces of advice resonate widely. I hope listeners feel that connection, too.  Morgan’s openness in sharing her motherhood experience made such an impact on me. I was floored and wanted to just soak in her strength. I, like her, don’t share a lot of pictures or info about my kid, but I related deeply to her experience of giving birth abroad and going through a tricky pregnancy in a foreign language.  I also loved how she talked about the hustle and not being afraid to just ask for what you want. But then shifting to give yourself time to experiment and explore in your work. Such valuable advice! Thank you, Morgan!!  Morgan is an abstract painter living in northeast Georgia. Her work is an exploration of the intersection of individuality and motherhood. She is also an elementary art teacher, a wife, and a mother to twin three year olds. In addition to Georgia, Morgan has also lived in Germany, an experience that greatly shaped her as an artist. If you’re in the Gainesville, Georgia area, check out her solo show at Inman Perk.   Episode Blog Post with photos morganautensmith.com @morgan_auten_smith Morgan-Auten-Smith-Art on Facebook Book: Studio Thinking From the Start Book: Teach Like A Pirate Book: Classroom Management for Art, Music, and PE Teachers Teaching For Artistic Behavior
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March 28, 2020
#1: Hilary L Hahn: Carving Out the Career You Want
Hilary L Hahn has worked as a teaching artist for over 15 years. She shares how she began teaching and how she has shifted her career over the years. While continuing to teach at elementary schools, Hilary has been hosting workshops and private lessons, collaborating with stores and companies, and creating a niche for herself in Los Angeles. She is now offering an online course for creatives to share what she has learned about creating and promoting workshops. We dig into time management and just how she does it all while also mothering and making time for her own creative practice. Hilary also talks about her experience with set design, mural painting, watercolor, and how her practice has evolved. She now focuses primarily on fiber arts and natural dyes. Hilary L Hahn is a California textile artist and educator. She serves a community of creatives, craftsmen, and artists, who wish to deepen their knowledge of various fine crafts emphasizing textiles through writing, workshops, and e-courses. She creates modern textile designs inspired by natural dye processes, indigo, and interior design. View post on our site with images: http://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/episode-1-hilary-l-hahn/ www.hilarylhahn.com @hilarylhahn https://thecreatorspath.com https://www.facebook.com/The-Creators-Path-Page-100478328161409/ The band I couldn't remember: https://www.vitaminstringquartet.com - check them out!  Hilary's restaurant recommendation: http://veganglory.com P.S. Arts
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March 15, 2020
Introduction to A Podcast About Making and Teaching Art
Join teaching artist Rebecca Potts as she talks with artists who teach kids about teaching art, making art, and all things in between. This podcast was born out of a desire to highlight artists who teach at the pre-K-12 level while maintaining their own studio practice. It dives into how making and looking inform teaching and how teaching informs making. We discuss the nitty gritty details of time management, classroom management, and studio management. What does a day or a week look like for a teaching artist? How does a full-time art teacher fit in their own art-making? How did that one student change your art practice? How do you share your life as an artist with students? Each episode will feature an interview with an artist who teaches kids. Some are certified public school art teachers, others are teaching artists working in schools, some work in museum education, others run their own classes and studios. Some are well known artists with gallery representation, others are just carving out time for art.  Is there an artist who teaches kids that you’d love to hear more about? Please send them our way! Tag them on our Instagram posts @teachingartistpodcast or email us at teachingartistpodcast@gmail.com. Or if you’d like to be interviewed on the podcast, reach out! Thank you for listening! If you loved this episode, please subscribe, leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts, and follow us. Thank you!
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January 27, 2020