Wednesday, July 2, 2014

ArtsWestchester Teaching Artist
After a rigorous renewal process ArtsWestchester has selected me to remain a member of its distinguished Teaching Artist Residency Program for another 5 year period. Through my affiliation with ArtsWestchester I have taught diverse student populations. I begin developing my art lessons by learning about my student’s interests. I often use children's books to either support or inspire my art lessons. During an artist residency at the Mount Vernon Public Library I made strong connections between literacy and the arts. Jennie’s Hat and Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats inspired the collaging activities I developed and taught. I chose books by Keats because they reflect the diverse population at the library as well as offer strong colors and shapes to guide the children’s artwork. Children collaged their own hats made from oak tag. The inside of recycled shoeboxes provided a great surface for children to collage their favorite scene from Snowy Day. My programming resonated with the children because it was meaningful and had purpose. Children had fun while learning. Being an ArtsWestchester Teaching Artist is one of my proudest accomplishments as a teacher and I look forward to working with ArtsWestchester for many years to come.