Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The question was asked, "Do I need to be published to do school visits."
My answer is, "No. You do not need to be a published illustrator. You should be a working artist for arts-in-education programs!"

One type of school visit is a 'vanity' visit. This is when a person does a presentation about themselves and their work. This can be a wonderful learning and sharing experience. 

But, I am more comfortable talking about ART then I am talking about me. So I only do "hands on" residencies and workshops. I realized quickly that when it came to talking about artwork and facilitating the work of the students, I had no fear. I love opening a creative door for people who don't think of themselves as creative.

In this e-pprenticeship you are going to take a step back and look at your artwork and think of ways your techniques can be a model for the children's art. 

You need some knowledge of school curriculum and how you can apply your art to that.
I am going to help you.
I am going to give you what I know, what I have done, and the steps you can take to build your own programs. 
It is all up to you!

It looks like the information, format, and instructions for sign up should be ready for Friday October 1! 
student artwork on display

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What do I love about doing school visits?

art by a student during my "strike a pose!" residency program

Once when I was working with a first grade class

a boy tapped me on the shoulder and said,"Look! I made this sculpture, just like you said I could!"

I said,"That is great, I love the fun pose you chose for your character."

As he started to walk away, he stopped 

and said over his shoulder, "You know, I am going to be a sculptor artist when I grow up."

And before I could say anything, he said "Wait. I already am!" 

He walked away with a huge smile on his face.


Friday, September 10, 2010


Before I began creating Arts In Education Residency programs I was an apprentice.
The Arts In Education Apprentice program covered the nuts and bolts of visiting schools. 

THIS is the online version of that program! 

I am happy to be your virtual mentor as you make your way in this journey.
YOU can share your talents and enthusiasm with your community and create your own ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAMS... I will show you how!

My student art in a museum display

This class offers:
How to create a lesson plan / interpreting your Art for the curriculum.
Creating your brochure
Creating your own mailing list
How and where to market your programs.
How to approach corporate sponsors.
How to plan with teachers/librarians/museum educators.
Understanding the Learning Standards and creating meaningful curriculum content!
Pacing the program to fit into the schedule.
Working with volunteers.
How/why to create a community display.
Why you should encourage the school/library/museum to contact the media.
Ideas to include in your contracts, 
Creating invoices, 
Collecting deposits, 
How to create a fee structure!

making sure everyone is having FUN!

mark your calendar:
OCTOBER 25 to NOVEMBER 15, 2010!

sign ups will be announced October 1