In the classroom
My work as a teaching artist in the schools has been focused on inviting students to become authors and illustrators and sometimes sculptors. I provide a curriculum of playful and interactive studio activities that integrate color, pattern, symbol with collage, poetry, and prose. Whether working on paper or cloth, participants learn to see like illustrators, value words as writers, and actively engage in developing a thoughtful and enduring narrative. Residencies have resulted in pop-up books, oversized puppets, published picture books, and story quilts and textile installations. Projects often include collaborations with other teaching artists allowing for story expression to span multiple disciplines (writing, dance, theater, music).
The Star Project, created with Elon University Art students enrolled in my Approaches to Sculpture: Fiber Construction course offered during winterterm 2017, generated 400 stars for Erwin Montessori Elementary School, Greensboro, NC. Elon students worked collaboratively to dye cotton and silks, screenprint children's drawings gathered from Erwin's Art Room, creating large 2-sided fabric collages. Each student learned how to machine stitch; sewing with abandon and then with precision. Together they produced twenty constellations of stars that transform Erwin's spacious school cafeteria.
I offer book arts residencies that include secret rooms, spiral and accordion structures. Students create brightly patterned papers via simple printing and painting techniques and blending words and pictures via collage. Featured below: Hero Books by Durham Academy 6th graders whose work goes on view at the FRANK Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC each March.
THE COLLAGE PROJECT
Art camp at the Duke School in Durham, NC, each summer means a wild week of making puppets, books, costumes, and improv theater with rising 6-8th grade students from across Durham and Chapel Hill. The Collage Project is a week of intensive arts collaboration in which storytelling moves from paper to fabric to stage! Campers collaborate in the creation of original life-sized puppets, develop scenes, dances, and song! Have a look at excerpts from Collage Project 2017; Room Full of Stars video. Read more...
My art quilting residencies yield large site specific wall works inspired by host organization thematic goals. Activating dye, paint and thread, participants build a fabric story via collage. Dozens of projects have included collaborating with writer, Susie Wilde, in which students write an original story in an adjoining residency that drives the illustration process. Read more...
Pangeo’s Story (2007-2008) is a multidisciplinary arts project created by Scroggs Elementary School students. The collaborative story quilt was written and illustrated by the fifth grade under the direction of writer, Susie Wilde and myself. Read more...