Arts/Cultural Organizations, Community Center, Library, Senior Center
Twice I have been a Su-Casa Fellow working for the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs and the Queens Art Council One Fellowship I taught basic painting skills , the other I am teaching mixed media collage and papermaking. In April (2017) I gave a presentation on my own collage work for the Manhasset Arts Association. September-Decenber 2017 I taught collage-making workshops for the Queens Library at the Fresh Meadows, Bay Terrace and Douglaston/Little Neck branches. Each library got two workshops. I began with a slide overview of collage history and outstanding collages. Then one week my class made a 'realistic" collage about their life and personality. The second week my class made an abstract collage using color and form to convey emotion and tell a story. In December 2017 I will teach three patchwork block making/quilting workshops for the Glen Oaks branch of the Queens Library. In 2016 I taught a six month collage making course at the St. Agnes branch of the NYPL in conjunction with Lifetime Arts. In past years I taught clay hand building, plein air painting and patchwork block making. Teaching these courses puts me in constant contact with all adult groups, including some mentally or emotionally challenged persons.
My teaching artist philosophy is two-fold: I want to transmit technical skills because these are the armature on which we hang our creative ideas; and I want to meet each of my students where they are creatively and help them to take that next step forward creatively. I had a very thorough art education, both at Parsons, and through independent study of printmaking and clay sculpture. I had a good grounding in art history at Yale. I have been an artist all my adult life. I recognize all the problems and blocks artists encounter in their creative life because I\'ve suffered through them. This intense personal knowledge helps me to help my students as they take their first timid steps towards the light. After my students learn the basics of technique and are taking their first tentative steps as artists, I believe in answering their questions as they arise, but otherwise leaving them alone to work. It is by working on your own that you really develop self critical ability, internalize skills and grow creatively. I don\'t criticize my students as harshly as I was critiqued in art school because these students are seeking creative self-fulfillment, not a professional career, but otherwise I do not distinguish between older adult students and younger adult students. We are all learners and we all must be treated with respect.