Art and Creativity and Academic Learning

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Art and Creativity and Academic Learning
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Hands-On Art Experiences Help Students "Make Meaning" and Can Drive Academic Learning
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This is a creative and fun way to make sure your students forever learn what adjectives, adverbs and nouns are. Students get random combinations that make for ridiculous drawings--a checkered forest, a feathered building or a gooey car. It
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This is a fun and easy activity to integrate the arts with another subject by having your students make original books. You don't need fancy supplies to make a writing project have just a little more pizzazz! Each student writes a story or report
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Here is a K-3 lesson on making a stuffed animal. This will give your young students a fun activity that turns their "handmade" paper into sculpture! Using oil pastels and watercolors, they will make 2 sheets of paper that when cut out and stuffed
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This book contains more than 25 creative jumping off points for your students to learn to "think outside of the box." They will be asked to draw everything from a ridiculous poodle at a dog show to a space age sneaker. Copy the pages as many times
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I have been an art teacher for over 25 years, both in K-12 education and on the college level. Currently I am a professor in New York City teaching Art Methods to education majors. I also teach painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking, depending on scheduling and enrollment. I also work as a consultant for Studio in a School, observing and working with artist/teachers in New York City Schools. I was the Director of Art for a public school district before retiring to pursue college-level teaching and my own personal art making full-time. I have presented workshops and lectures at the National Art Education Association annual conferences over many years, as well as in local venues such as the New York State Art Teachers Association, the Long Island Art Teachers Association, the Art Supervisor's Association, the New York City Art Teachers Association, Studio in a School and various museums in the New York area.


I think learning can be fun, so my approach to teaching takes that in mind. I use surprise and humor and create open-ended lessons, where students get immediately engaged and involved. It's almost "learning by default" because you haven't lost them in telling them what they are going to learn--they're already knee-deep in the lesson!


I was the Graduate Assistant in Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where I attended on full scholarships through my BFA and MFA. I won a Fellowship to Yale University Summer School of Music and Art, as well as many exhibition prizes and awards, teaching awards, grants and purchase prizes. I have had many group and solo exhibitions at museums such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Guggenheim Museum, the Staten Island Museum and the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art. My work is in many public and private collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Canada Council Art Bank, Petrocanada and the Staten Island Museum. I have been represented by Phyllis Kind Gallery and Susan Whitney Gallery and currently am represented by Art Studio on Main, 845.856.5083.


BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Academics taken at the University of Chicago for BFA One semester's credits taken at Yale University for BFA SDA (School District Administrator Post-Graduate Degree) taken at StonyBrook, State University of New York Permanent K-12 Art Certification, State of New York Permanent School District Administrator Certification, State of New York Have taught college at: the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ocean County College, Pratt Institute, St. John's University, Hofstra University, the College of Staten Island/CUNY, and Queensborough/CUNY. Have taught elementary art at PS 42, Staten Island, NY and Howell Road School, Vallery Stream, NY. Have taught middle and high school art at West Hempstead UFDS, West Hempstead, NY.


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