Creativity is the heart of education.

Scroll down for a peek inside my classrooms, and images of art and creative projects done by my students, both youth and adult.

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Working one-on-one with refugee youth, building literacy and academic success skills through art practice.  Pictured here, 14 yr old youth from Ethiopia practices drawing his soccer cleats while we work on building vocabulary in English.

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Murals with 4 year olds at Wings on Words Summer program.  Art is used to facilitate the use of language in this program set up for delayed language learners.

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Watercolor from observation with kindergarten at Wings on Words. As the artist in residence for their summer Soaring program, I develop a month-long art intensive aimed at supporting language skills for delayed language learners. This summer we looked at all things botanical and connected the learning to healthy foods……. lots of fruits and veggies.

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Collage work at Wings on Words, special program for pre-school age children with delayed language learning.

Collage in process, 5th and 6th grade students, After-school program, The Drawing Studio, Tucson, 2013.

 

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collage, 9th grade student, summer arts immersion, The Drawing Studio, Tucson, 2013

 

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Collage, 11th grade student, summer arts immersion, The Drawing Studio, Tucson, 2013

 

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Mixed-Media Self-Portrait, The Hero Project, Boys and Girls Club Summer Arts through The Drawing Studio, Tucson, 2012

 

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The Hunger No More Urban Garden Project, Imago Dei Middle School, Tucson, 2011.  Middle school students transform a downtown alley into an urban garden and outdoor classroom.  Pictured here, the mural painted by 8th grade students.

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Finishing touches going on the Hunger No More Urban Garden mural, Imago Dei Middle School, Tucson, Az.

 

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Class time in the alley garden.

 

 

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Sustainable architecture design for School of the Future Design Competition. Imago Dei Middle School students, pictured here at the competition n Washington, DC,  design a green school made of water bottles and bamboo for students in the Republic of Niger…..and take home the first place national award.

 

Arts outreach to Boys and GIrls Club and other community organizations.

Arts outreach to Boys and Girls Club and other community organizations.

 

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Connecting youth to nature through art.

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