Art Educator Experience
Growing up in New York City, my exposure to diverse cultures, philosophies, arts, innovations and stagnations formed a very broad spectrum.
As an artist: I reflect (my perceptions of) human beings who interact with the world and with each other.
As an art educator:
- I first taught and learned from very young children.
- This segued to an exciting elementary school experience where I was a teacher and curriculum developer at the Daniel Webster Arts and Humanities Magnet School in New Rochelle, NY.
- Considering a role in Administration but lacking secondary experience, I transferred to the New Rochelle High School. It was there that I taught Advanced Placement (AP) Art, Sculpture, Advanced Drawing & Painting and was a developer of the district’s multi-arts school-within-a-school program (Performing And Visual Arts Education: PAVE)
- After mentoring/apprenticing many student-teachers, I taught the art education Practicum Course at two neighboring colleges and supervised student-teachers.
- I presented and exhibited student art at several State Art (and English) Annual Conventions.
- I was a guest presenter for several years to the Graduate Art Education Department of Parsons School of Design (NYC).
My personal bias for student artwork was interdisciplinary and content-based…it had to be relevant. Art skills were developed to support content; meaning for the artist was paramount; the students followed their own art journeys.