Teaching is an offering
I teach arts programming and write curriculum for K-8th grade youth. This work includes teaching the basics of visual art mediums I am familiar with: mostly printmaking, painting, collage, and sculpture. In addition to the arts, my focus areas are the things that I love: ecology/bioregional knowledge, social justice, cultural awareness, gardening, and self-reliance skills. My teaching practice is oriented by the belief that we learn best when we are able to discover on our own. Part of this means managing a making space that kids have unstructured access to - something not available to them otherwise. I create programs and curriculum that are process-based rather than outcome-based, and if I’m able to step back and let the mystery and non-linear path of learning unfold in a natural way, well, then I feel pretty good about it.
Youth projects I am dreaming up, researching and breathing life into right now include:
creating an arts resource library // teaching tools for activism to youth // a youth skill share // creating folk school offerings through a decolonizing/social justice lens
I also teach adult art workshops. My current focus is alternative printmaking and photography techniques. Lately, this has meant cyanotypes and various xerox transfer methods. For local folks that are reading, I have an upcoming intro to cyanotypes workshop at Port Townsend School of the Arts in April. You can read more about it and sign up here.
Projects that are in the works for people of all ages include:
offerings that explore the intersection of environmental grief and process art, folk herbalism, folk ecology, the ethics of wildcrafting, sustainability skills, and more.