I am a multi-disciplinary artist and full time K-4 art teacher at a charter school in Los Angeles. This collaboration fuels my own artwork, which naturally feeds back into what I bring to the students. I received an MA of Art Education from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014. My thesis work about Arts Integration and Eco-Art Education was published in 2016 in the national journal Art Education, in an article entitled “The Way the Light Hits a Web,” consequently quoted in the U.S. Department of Education’s quarterly newsletter.
• Highly energetic and enthusiastic visual art educator with playful sense of humor empowered by bringing holistic art experiences to young children • Expressive performer and inspiration guide with experience in music, movement, acting and improvisation • Strong classroom management, communication and interpersonal skills • Eco-Art Education and arts integrated instruction • Shares work of past and contemporary artists, including sharing of personal artwork • Creates unique multi-arts integrated units incorporating creative writing, music and movement into visual art realm • "Community Group" leader, creating school wide art and enrichment collaborative projects/visuals as school gathers together monthly in multi/mixed aged level groups
I obtained a Fund For Teachers fellowship to attend The International Center For the Arts in Umbria, Italy also in 2016. I also became an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center in 2017, returning to the location of my undergraduate work.
Maryland Institute College of Art, (MICA), Baltimore, MD MA in Art Education, August 2014 Presented Eco-Art Education Thesis in a culminating scholarly article, research paper, multi-media talk; artwork shown in MAAE thesis exhibition, “Conduit” University of London, Goldsmiths, New Cross, London, UK Spring Semester Abroad, 2007 Studied Art Psychotherapy, Psychology, Theater and Painting Southern Connecticut State University, (SCSU), New Haven, CT Pre-K-12 Art Educator Certification, May 2005 Hold CT Provisional Educator certificate Art Pre-K-12 University of Vermont, (UVM), Burlington, VT BA in Studio Art, Women’s Studies minor, May 2003 Studied wide range of studio and art history, theater and Women’s Studies courses; final solo exhibition in 2003
You can follow my artwork on my website: jamiaweir.com, Instagram: @artgirlsy and follow the artwork of my students @lalalandkidart.