Nasco invites you to this free event! Come enjoy the Madison Children’s Museum, participate in hands on art activities featuring Reeves products and enjoy refreshments!
This is a message from Ben Shumaker about a great opportunity if you'd like to participate in the Memory Project this year.
The Memory Project (memoryproject.org) has just received donor funds to sponsor the participation of more art teachers and students. They are hoping many more WI art students will join them this year in creating portraits as special gifts for children living in refugee camps, orphanages, and similar situations around the world.
You can utilize these donor funds to participate simply by emailing email@example.com and saying that you would like to choose option #3 at memoryproject.org/funding.
My name is Natasha Monahan and I've been teaching Elementary and Middle School art with the Tomorrow River School District for five years now.
I grew up in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and graduated from SPASH in 2008. While still in high school I also attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and UW-Stevens Point. I then attended the Peck School of the Arts at UW-Milwaukee where I received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Art Education with a minor in Art History and Art Critisim.
My husband and I currently reside in Stevens Point with our little girl, Iris Marie. In our free time we like to enjoy nature, spend time with family, and create music and art.
Art making has always been a passion of mine thanks mostly to my father. In childhood, he would spend hours teaching me to draw or sculpt anything I requested and, as is my nature still, I'd spend hour perfecting it. It was this drive to capture what I saw and express what I imagined that inspired me to teach. I am passionate about giving my students the skills and tools to create what's in their mind. And I'm grateful everyday for the community I work in the supports child art making and takes childhood exploration and creativity so seriously. I'm blessed beyond measure to work with staff and administrators that are truly family and are dedicated to building one another up to be the best educators we can be for our students."
My name is Kaycie Peck and I have been teaching 7th grade and 8th grade art at Amherst Middle School and all the art courses at Amherst High School for 6 years. I am also the advisor to the Art Club and the Visual Arts Classic team.
I grew up in Southeast Wisconsin, graduating from Hartford Union High School in 2008. I attended UW-Madison, graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Art Education in 2012.
My husband and I currently live in Stevens Point with our young son Frederick and our cat Banksy. We enjoy spending time with family, camping, collecting Fiestaware, and watching too much Netflix.
Working in a small community, I continually adapt my courses to always keep the students dedicated. With such diverse talents and motivations in students of a small community, giving students choice and authority over their artwork is key in my classroom. Students in a small community are often dedicated to every available opportunity from sports, clubs, and course choices. The art room can be a place where they can express those avenues of their identity.
Specifically, I have been designing Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced courses that first teach art techniques, then encourage creative concepts, then allow freedom to work independently in the creative design process. Frustrating as choice and artistic menus can be for my students, it makes them think, plan, and reflect. Whether their journey after high school is a stereotypical artistic one or not, I am confident they have the skills and process to create whatever they might dream.”
My name is Joanne Raabe. I grew up in the Central Wisconsin area and attended college at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. I received my Bachelor of Science in Art Education with an emphasis in printmaking. After graduation, I taught elementary art in Stratford and then in Baraboo for several years. After deciding to move back to the Central Wisconsin area, luck would have it there was an opening back in Stratford, where I have been teaching 9-12 art ever since! I’m currently in my 6th year of teaching and love every minute of it.
The value of education is something that I have understood since a very young age. My parents made a commitment early in my life to do everything within their power to instill in me a love of learning. It was through them that I gained an understanding of the importance of hard work and dedication. I use this passion every day to continue to grow and evolve as a teacher.
Throughout my life I’ve had the opportunity to learn from so many outstanding art educators. The first was my father, Joe Clark. He taught art in the Wisconsin Rapids School District for 30 years. Visiting his classroom and working along side him in his art studio played a crucial role in my growth as an artist. My art teacher growing up, Amy Noonan, has had a lasting impact on the teacher I am today. When I was in college my art instructors, mentors and cooperating teachers were nothing short of exceptional. It was in college that my supervisor Marcia Thompson introduced me to Jeanne Arenz. It was teaching along side her that I discovered TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior) and I’ve never looked back. It has become such an integral part of my teaching pedagogy and I am forever thankful for that.
The arts are such a vital part of the development of every person. It its my hope that I can leave a lasting impression on my students the way that my teachers have done for me.
My name is Bridget Kudrle. I have been teaching elementary art in the Sun Prairie Area School District for the last 10 years and have been teaching for a total of 17 years. I currently serve as the Teaching, Learning, and Equity Committee representative for my amazing and dedicated K-5 art team. In this role, I help guide the art curriculum and professional learning opportunities. I am also a Cooperating Teacher for UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, and Concordia University. Working with pre-service teachers is one of the highlights of my career because my students and I learn so much through collaboration with these college students.
My goal as an art educator is to teach children to interpret, engage, and express themselves in the visual culture that surrounds them daily. All children will not grow up to be professional artists but the creativity and problem-solving skills learned through artmaking are valued in all career paths. About 2 years ago, I took a leap of faith after researching the TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behaviors) pedagogy for a year. Students learn to think creatively, develop problem-solving skills, and aspire to be lifelong learners and supporters of the arts in the space I re-named the Art LAB (Learning Artistic Behaviors). Students are naturally curious and thrive with hands-on learning in this studio space. They have voice, choice, and agency over their learning.
Prior to living in Wisconsin, I taught high school art in Los Angeles for 7 years. I earned my BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and my Masters of Education in Cross-Cultural Teaching from National University in California. I am a Texas native, wife, and mother of two incredible children.
You're Invited to the 8th Annual Watertown Art Walk on May 29th, 2018
The art walk has over 30 stops in an eight block distance in downtown Watertown. During the art walk there is a Chalk the Walk event which is free for all to participate - just sign up for a square. And most exciting.... our first Watertown Paint Out! which is a plein air event that is open to anyone and is free! I have attached all of the info here. We would love to have you attend the walk or even participate in the walk..... or even bring your students to participate!
Please feel free to share this information with anyone you know!
The Watertown Art Walk Page
Facebook Event Links Below:
Paint Out Link
Art Walk Link
If you have questions about this event contact Jana Strobel.
Art Teacher of the Month – May 2018
Hi, I’m Gee Gee Jannene in Janesville. I have been teaching art in the School District of Janesville for over ten years. For the last six year I have embraced the TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior) choice-based student-centered art studio approach to teaching. I first graduated from UW-Stout with an Industrial Design concentration. In my BC (before children) life I was a graphic designer, an interior decorator; first commercially, then residentially…and then a co-owner of a small retail fiber arts business. While taking a break from the business world to raise our two sons I started volunteering at school, and as they say, the rest is history. I truly feel that all of my prior experiences have brought me to this place that I was meant to be.
Like many teachers, I have been involved with various “extras” including student council and TAG (Talented and Gifted). I current serve as our district representative for a regional Arts Advocacy Committee, teacher representative for our Janesville Education Foundation, teacher representative for a newly-formed community art committee, AriseNow, co-lead our after-school Coding Club under an art platform, serve as the STEAM site coordinator, First Lego League robotics co-coach, and serve as the lead for our Arts Integration team. Last summer I completed Arts Integration Teacher Trainer certification through the Kennedy Center of the Arts. After many months of creating and planning, this month I am excited to present my 3-hour teacher workshop titled Count the Circle; Color the Clock: Connecting Math with Art for the Visual Learner.
I was raised in La Crosse Wisconsin by two incredible Teacher/Artist parents. We owned an Art Gallery and were surrounded by artists, art patrons, and art students. I received my Masters in Art Education at U. W. Madison and taught for 9 years in the Madison Metropolitan School District. After spending 15 years at home raising my 2 daughters I returned to teaching art, K-12, in Albany Wisconsin. My passion for working with children and art has found a new path as I have adopted a T.A.B./Choice Art Curriculum. A student-directed pedagogy based on the readings and guidance of Katherine M Douglas, Diane B. Jaquith, and Nan E. Hathaway.
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