Allison Wright is the Creator and owner of Accidental Art Project (AAP) and a teacher at the Renaissance School of Arts and Sciences in Portland, Oregon. As Afterschool Artistic Coordinator at one of the top private schools on the East Coast, Allison designed projects for grades 1-3 while also creating a comprehensive art curriculum that aligned with central themes in the day school. One of the first things she realized when she got there, however, was that there seemed to be a lack of inspiring resources for instructors wanting to integrate art into their curricula. After leafing through countless books and searching the internet for imaginative project ideas and advice, Allison turned to a new drawing board: her own creative toolbox. Materials are to an artist what ingredients are to a chef: creative building blocks filled with limitless potential. Recognizing this basic principle, Allison began producing the kind of art lesson plans she wanted to teach-- lessons that helped students see beyond a material’s standardly accepted use, and instead as a tool for the creation of the unexpected. She even took it a step further by developing a methodology other teachers could use to do the same. Every Accidental Art Project lesson plan is designed by Allison herself, and is reviewed by supporting instructors with education, creativity, and sustainability in mind.
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BA Holistic Psychology
When she’s not transforming coffee sleeves into artistic creatures, you’ll find Allison leading classes in the Nia Technique, a movement practice that blends dance, martial arts, and yoga. Other titles she has carried that have helped her develop Accidental Art Project include Primary School Teacher, Dance Director, and Senior Copywriter for an international dance company.