2017- Present SELF-EMPLOYED; “FOCUS” The Fresh Start School, Center for Autism, PT Art Educator, ART ED Consultant Owner, President, “Support Arts” 2016-2017 Annie Fischer STEM Magnet School K-8 Art Educator 2013-2016 Journalism and Media Academy Magnet School, CPBN Satellite, Hartford CT 2008-2013 Law and Government Academy, Hartford Public High School, Hartford, CT, Art Dept Chair 2007-Present New York Sports Club, West Hartford, CT,; YMCA CT & RI, Zoo Health Club Simsbury, 2004-2008 Bellizzi Middle School, Hartford, CT 2004-2005 Director of Classical Magnet School Enrichment Program, Hartford, CT 2003-2004 Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, Printmaking, West Hartford, CT 1989-PRESENT Fitness Professional, AFAA, NYSC, BIG SKY, YMCA 1997-2003 Kingswood-Oxford Upper School, West Hartford, CT All Studio Areas Including 1982-1983 Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, HS Program, West Hartford, CT 1982-1997 Watkinson School, Hartford, 7-12, CT Studio Arts and Art History 1980-1981 Fifth Street Junior High, Art, Bangor, ME VISITING ARTIST AND PRESENTER Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT National Arts Education Association Conference, Connecticut Sector, Hartford, CT Master Teaching Artist Panel, Connecticut Commission on The Arts, Hartford, CT Presenter Connecticut Art Education Conferences, Waterbury CT Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT Trinity College Summer Hot School Institute, Hartford, CT Connecticut College Summer Institute for HOT Schools, New Britain, CT Creative Arts Workshops, “Pushing Boundaries in Printmaking”, New Haven, CT Squadron Line School, Simsbury, CT Lyme Consolidated Elementary School, Lyme, CT Torringford Elementary School, Torrington, CT Sugar Mountain School, Newport, NH Creative Arts Program, Watkinson School, Hartford, CT J.P. Vincent Elementary School, Bloomfield, CT Bushnell Promenade Gallery, Hartford, CT
OUTSIDE THE BOX Traditional and NON Traditional Utilizing Where,Why, and How, my students are who they are FIRST. I then incorporate my surroundings (such as supplies available, recycled and budgeted,) to express what we need to express through the ARTS. Story telling, experiencing each others journeys and adventures by hands on creations are a MUST. Using each of our senses to explore what we feel a word might feel like is part of the daily process of weaving poetry. I believe in combining all the Arts and Academics together to enrich our souls. With that said we Dance by choreographing and acting out lyrics to visuals. I believe each student needs to find who they are and feel positive expressing such using the arts as their tool of communication. In my classes, no one can be wrong if they are in the zone . If the question is definite such as,"what makes green?" Then the answer is specific. If the question is create a landscape? You can not fail if you create YOUR landscape.
SELECTED ACHIEVEMENTS Connecticut Historical Society Visions/Re-Visions Present Permanent Collected for The CT Children’s Hospital, Bi-Annual Donation Founder/Owner/President; “Support Arts” (a business entity) Vice President; Connecticut Women Artists Co-Founder/Member; Printmakers Network of Southern New England Board Member/Curator, Former President; Canton Artists Guild, Canton, CT Artist/Member; CT Graphic Arts Center, ,Henry Sage Goodwin Joined Exhibition. Canton Gallery, CT Teacher/Manager; “Organized Arts Abroad” 20 years, Galleries, CT; Art for the Cure, New Britain Museum of American Art, CT; Spring Bull Gallery, ART as PRINT, Co-Chair Fundraiser for City of Hope Aids and Cancer, State of Connecticut Delegate, Gallery Director; COSI Gallery, West Hartford, CT MASTER TEACHING ARTIST PROGRAM HOT (Higher Order Thinking) School Program, CT; COLLECTIONS Smith & Whiley, Hartford, CT Jane Smile Pulitzer Prize Novelist, Chicago, IL Gilles CPA, Simsbury, CT Kingswood Oxford School, West Hartford, CT Watkinson School, Hartford, CT Hartford Steam Boiler, Hartford, CT Francis Hoffnagle Town of Bloomfield, CT Henry Sage Goodwin Estates, CT, NY, England Vista Volterra, Volterra, Italy Housatonic Museum, Bridgeport, CT Dr. John Bagnal, Orvieto, Italy Lewis & Lewis Law, Westerly, RI Wilcox Public Library, Westerly, RI Judge Howard Scheinblum, Bloomfield, CT Staubitz Design, Collinsville, CT Turbine Kinetics Company, Glastonbury, CT Gayla Bentley, Houston, TX Falco Law Associates, Boston, MA Bottaro-Skolnick Design, Springfield, MA Ritacco Associates, Pawcatuck, CT UCONN Medical Center, Farmington, CT Kay Brooke Baybrooke, Simsbury, CT & San Marco Island, FL Manna Dew Café, Millerton, NY REVIEWS The Hartford Advocate: Patricia Rosoff, Art Critic “A Material World”, 100 Pearl Galleries, Hartford, CT “A Century of Painting”, Gallery on the Green, Canton, CT “Visionary Art”, The Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT “Making a Creative Impression”, Gallery on the Green, Canton, CT The Hartford Courant: Jude Schwendenwien, Art Critic “Dual Visions of the World”, Gallery on the Green, Canton, CT The Newport News: John McPadden, Art Critic “Art Scene”, Debois Gallery, Newport, RI The Inquirer, Manchester, CT, Steven Stargarter, Art Critic, Art New England SOLO EXHIBITIONS Pump House Gallery, Hartford, CT, Promenade Gallery, Bushnell, Hartford, CT; Ellen Traut Collection, Gallery, Hartford, CT; The Elizabeth Andrews Gallery, Houston, TX; Foundry Gallery, Washington, CD; Deblois Gallery, Newport, RI; The Hoxie Gallery, Westerly, RI; Roberts Gallery, West Hartford, CT; Canton Gallery on the Green, Canton, CT; University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT; Manna Dew Gallery, Millerton, NY Cosi Gallery, West Hartford, CT; Bridge Street Gallery, Canton, CT REPRESENTING ARTIST Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT SUPPORT ARTS, Avon CT/Westerly RI Printmakers Network of Southern New England, www.printmakersnetworkofsouthernnewengland.org CONNECTICUT EXHIBITIONS Galleries: John Slade Ely House Gallery; Exposure LTD Gallery; Miracles 100 Pearl Gallery; Artworks Gallery; Saltbox Gallery, Old Lyme Art Works Gallery; Hartford Stage Company; Canton Gallery on the Green; Charter Oak Cultural Center Gallery; The Pump House Gallery; Small Walls Gallery; Farmington Artists Guild; New Space Gallery; Art Space Gallery; Jorgenson Auditorium Museums/Other; Paul Mellon Arts Center; Beth El Temple; William Benton Museum; National Arts Program; Mystic Museum of Fine Arts; Artists Against Aids; Fairfield University; Mattatuck Museum; Sharon Creative Arts Foundation; Quinebaug Community Technical College; Slater Museum; Washington Art Association; National Print Biennial; Silvermine Guild; Housatonic Museum; Samuel Chen Gallery; Real Art Ways. New England/Other Areas and International Mass Moca Site, MA; Springfield Museum, MA; Minot Museum, SD; Gallery; Spring Bull Gallery, Newport, RI; National Print, Harper College, IL; The Maine Gallery, ME; University of Rhode Island, RI; Burren University, Ireland; The Artisan, Montecatini Terme, Italia; Evergreen Galleries, Washington State; Portfolio exhibited at New Zealand, England, and Mexico . Special/Humanitarian Exhibitions Printmakers Network, Sue and Mercy Jr. Gallery Richmond Art Center, Loomis Chaffee, Windsor, CT; Trends in Printmaking, John Slade Ely House Gallery, New Haven, CT; Americas Juried National, Minot University, SD;
CAREER SUMMARY Accomplished Art Educator on all studio levels, artist printmaker and photographer since 1979. Exhibited Nationally and Internationally, both individually and with other well-known artists. Established artist whose work reflects close family ties and roots to the Old World. Artistic talent and discipline on many levels of academia are evident through a very successful career as an educator of fine arts to all ages. EDUCATION University of Hartford, Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT. MAEd University of Maine, Orono, ME. BS Art Education pre K-12 University of Denver, CO
“Why Art Education? ” The Components of Autism are: Cognitive, Internal, Sensory, Social, Behavioral, and Environmental. The ARTS play a key role in each area listed above! To think critically, make predictions, and solve problems are three extremely important reasons why the ARTS are essential for student learning. A complete education should involve the tools needed to answer the above questions, which make up what education is. A student must be given the tools to creatively make decisions; explore visually and tactually how to solve a problem. A student with AUTISM may not be able to communicate in any other form then through their ART. ART is THERAPY! Many autistic children struggle in conventional classrooms. Art gives them a degree of control over their learning experience. ART can provide a teacher with a greater understanding of a child, which is of enormous benefit when it comes to teaching them. “Art is Healthy!” With Art the student must find or be given concrete materials to recreate a problem just to see it functioning as desired. Art offers choices of materials, instruction of thinking, and written critiques to see what, why, and how one sees differently when facing a problem or idea. The ARTS guide students utilizing passion, experiences, and knowledge of artists and their media to think, predict, and solve life-threatening problems. Our Art program will provide each individual with an art lesson that will assist them in figuring out who they are, how they see, and what paths they need to take to succeed in communicating their goals and dreams. Our lessons weave The ARTS with Science, technology, engineering, math, and literacy. Thinking critically involves creating and expressing oneself. Each scholar at “FOCUS” is entitled to express themselves through the ARTS in our safe rich environment. The ARTS enhance ones’ overall Life experiences; they are essential to us all! A major asset of the arts in education is to provide schools with a much more engaging environment to learn. We need the arts to express feeling that we cannot convey with words. We need the arts to expand a student’s way of knowing how to bring creativity to others. We need the arts, as stated in Art Genesis, to help each other and our students, integrate their learning and discover the connectedness of things. We need the arts to help those young and old who are emotionally and physically restricted. Above all, the arts build community everywhere. The arts are who we are and reveal where we came from. They are our future. The Arts are a journey, and an experience that should never end. Art is a lifelong gift! With these beliefs and the environment, one can teach, one can learn, thus one can prosper! Donna M Frustere/Art Educator/Art Consultant 860 490 1269 firstname.lastname@example.org