Turtel Onli

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Bring Graphic Novels & The Black Age of Comics into the Classroom
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A guide and curriculum aid with 50 ideas for creating, processing and the critiquing of Graphic Novels for your classroom. Diverse, adaptable, practical, and interdisciplinary. Great to enhance core curriculum needs for the visual and literary arts
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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES: 2005-2012 Adjunct Professor at Harold Washington College, Chicago IL Art Appreciation and Studio Drawing 1993 - 2012 Producer of the Annual Black age of Comics Convention in Chicago IL. Chief Operating Artist of ONLI STUDIOS. Publisher of a growing line of independent graphic novels. Cool Globe Artist. 1991 – 2012 Chicago Public Schools I am a state certified K-12 / NCLB Art Educator who has served in the roles of Fine Arts Chairperson, Yearbook Sponsor, Girls Basketball Coach, Boys Volleyball coach, and Senior Class Mentor. 2003- Presenter at the CUIP EXPO for curriculum website development for teachers given by the University of Chicago. 1978 to 1981 Adjunct Professor at Columbia College Introduction to Art therapy, Fashion Illustration & Children’s Book Illustration 1970 – 1978 Founder and Director of the Black Arts Guild Ongoing: Numerous exhibitions, commissions, and visual art related projects.


Adaptable, student centered, innovative, and respectful. Standards based and process oriented.


Citations, Awards, Honors, and Publications: 2011: Featured on the web site and exhibition at the Tubman Museum in Macon Georgia. Exhibition title: “Riffing on the Real / Afro Futurism and the Visual Arts”. 2010: Art work and articles included in the “Black Comix” book on illustrators and cartoonists related to the Black Age of Comics, movement and the “Freedom: Rhythm and Sound” anthology on album cover art and illustration. 2007: Selected as a COOL GLOBE Artist for the public art project of the same name that was exhibited in the Museum Park of downtown Chicago in support of meeting the challenges related to global warming. 2006: Life Time Achievement Award from the PASCEP Program of Temple University. A contributor to the “Other Heroes” Anthology about the contributions of African Americans in the field of graphic novel, cartoon, and comic book production. Featured on the website for the Alumni Association of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as contributing artist alum in its Barewalls Fundraiser. 2003. Participant in the Marwen Fine Art show for CPS Art Teachers 2000- Honorable Mention, the Salon Art Exhibition, the Northern Indiana Art Association / Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 2001 CPS Coach of the Year for girls Basketball 1999. Barewalls Participant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago Alumni Fund raiser1996 –2003 Children’s Museum of Chicago Bench Commission, 1995 Judge for the Scholastic Art Awards, 1990 Voting member of NARAS/Grammies Artist Guild of Chicago Award of Excellence Included in these anthologies: American Artists of Renown Chicago Artists Review, and Picturing the Modern Amazon Board Member of The Intuit Center for Visionary Art, the Southside Community Art Center, and the Marwen Foundation Winner of the Concourse De Dessin in Paris France National Conference of Artists Merit Award.


EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: 2007 Completed a Drawing and Children’s Book Illustration Course at the Marwen Foundation. Completed workshops for being a sponsor in the City of Chicago’s Conservation Clubs of Chicago Program for the Chicago Public Schools. 2005 Completed the program for National Board Certification at the Ariel Community Academy. Completed courses in Multimedia Art, Sculpture, and Children’s Book Illustration at the Marwen Foundation. . 2003 Successful completion of the curriculum web site development class at the Web Institute for Teachers of the University of Chicago using Dreamweaver, Adobe, and Power Point software. Smart Museum: completion of the Art In Context class and school partnership. 2002 Introduction class with the Web Institute for Teachers. Marwen Foundation: Painting, Color, and Light: A course on traditional painting and the properties of pigments in relationship to reflective light and chemical composition. 2001 OX BOW / School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Summer residency in Lithography, inclusive of studio techniques, appreciation, and history. . Urban Gateways: Teachers’ Multimedia Studio: An interdisciplinary workshop that combined dance, visual art, music, and the literary arts in the interpretation of a central theme. 2000 Chicago State University Type 75 Certificate candidate: Curriculum Development and Learning Theory as applied to the teaching and assessment of measurable learning. Marwen Foundation Teacher’s Education Resource: Puppet Making using basic materials and experimental concepts. Digital Photography and Making Art with the Computer classes using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator programs. Pin Hole Photography: This class focused on using the most basic of photo imaging techniques for creative expression. It included dark room skills and cooperative methods. 1999 CPS Advisory Orientation / Preparation Workshop 1989 Masters in Art and Art Therapy ( M.A.A.T.) School of the Art Institute of Chicago: A clinical program in Art Therapy and Education with an emphasis on studio techniques rendered for diagnostic or therapeutic value with cross categorical children, adolescents, and adults. The professional studio concentration was in painting, photography, video, and computer graphics. 1978 Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Art Education An approved certification program in primary and secondary art education which emphasized multicultural interdisciplinary approaches to using the application, history, and appreciation of the visual arts to stimulate critical thinking and learning. The studio concentration was in painting, photography, and multimedia production.


Prior to CPS I taught at Columbia College, Urban Gateways, the Marwen Foundation, the Textile Arts Center, the Community Mental Health Council and the Abraham Lincoln Centre. This included Art therapy and working as a community based arts administrator.

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