Jill Kiefer

Jill Kiefer
Briarcliff Manor, NY
Collage, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Media Arts
Adult Day Care, College/University, Arts/Cultural Organizations, Community Center, Independent Living, Library, Senior Center

I am a Teaching Artist and Art Historian who has thirty-five years of experience in education. In the area of Fine Arts, I’m skilled in a variety of drawing, painting and sculpting media, and am comfortable working in genres ranging from the realistic to the abstract. My primary focus in Art History/Appreciation spans the entire Western tradition, as well as Pre-Columbian Art, the Art of Mexico, and Prehistoric Art. I am a highly experienced curricula designer—with a background in developing synchronous, asynchronous, and hybrid learning models and environments, for which I have been awarded several Federal grants. I am also the Director of distance learning graduate level programs offered in Art History and Fine Arts through Warnborough College. My own art is held in private collections around the world, and I am a published artist, editor and author. Locally, I offer programs at the Continuing Education Center (CCE) in Mamaroneck, the Katonah Art Center, and the Pelham Art Center. I also deliver “for free” presentations periodically at the Briarcliff Manor Library, as a way of giving something back something to my community. My CV details my credentials, experience, and achievements. You are welcome and encouraged to discuss my abilities with any of the contacts listed there.

Lifelong Learning is my passion and older adults have always been my favorite students! Over the years, I have found them to be the most receptive and appreciative groups--as well as the most active participants in the classroom experience. They are not intimated by any lack of skills they may have, because they are in class to learn. They also bring a great deal of depth and perception to the learning environment, because they’ve been on the planet long enough to have developed unique perspectives. The involvement of older adults in my classes is also highly beneficial for them. It keeps them in touch with contemporary ideas and developments, helps to keep their memories sharper, and enables them to hone and better maintain their physical abilities. All of that is particularly rewarding for me, as their teacher. I developed a very strong and loyal following of older adults over the years. Classes that began with only a few people in attendance grew in size to rosters of eighty students, in some cases. My classes have always been full and there has typically been a waiting list for each of them, every term. My Art Appreciation courses became a staple of the curriculum at art and continuing education centers that had not previously offered any such classes, and my Studio Art courses have enjoyed the same success. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss the possibility of being included on your roster.