Hi, I'm Andrea! I'm an artist, writer and art educator who has been involved in teaching and writing about art since 1993. Together with my mom Jantje, I created KinderArt.com in 1997.
Try as much as possible to introduce your students to a wide variety of art media. Create an area in your home or classroom where youngsters can have unlimited access to art materials. Use the resources at your disposal to engage students in a variety of art-making activities. See if you can find a local artist to visit your classroom (a local gallery can help you). Begin to introduce your students to the styles of certain artists. Vincent van Gogh created many self-portraits for example. Discuss his work, look at some examples and then encourage your students to create their own self-portraits. Remember to always discuss a child's work with her. Ask questions and never criticize her attempts. Be supportive and listen carefully.
I worked as a writer (Teacher’s Guide), editor and writer (Parent’s Guide) and an educational consultant on the JumpStart Artist product produced by Knowledge Adventure. For the Teacher’s Guide specifically, my job - in addition to writing lesson plans - was to make sure that all activities fit within the US National Standards for Arts Education. As a writer, I’ve written about arts and culture for a variety of publications. I co-wrote the book Born to Create, I’ve covered K-6 Education and Art History for About.com, art education for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, art appreciation for the book Girl Wise and - more recently - raising creative children for Today’s Parent magazine. I also write a blog ("The Art of Childhood") about art for kids at Erica Ehm's Yummy Mummy Club.
I received my Fine Arts Diploma from Georgian College School of Design & Visual Arts and I am currently completing my BFA (in my "spare time") at Thompson Rivers University.
In addition to leading art and art history classes and workshops at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels, I have also has worked as a curriculum designer and educational consultant on various art education projects.