I choose to complete a Sketchbook Project book in order to frame it as an art assignment in my upcoming 7th/8th grade visual arts elective entitled "Inside/Out." In this course we research and get smarter about how artists express our internal worlds externally.
Three of the artistic veins I am currently excavating involves memory, perseveration, and knots. I am working these themes within the pages of my Sketchbook Project. I am treating the sketchbook as one complete work incorporating distinct layers. I started by imposing a rule on myself: all pages must receive a common layer of material/ideas prior to moving on. I am documenting this process on my IG account candrewsartwork.
I am a Teaching Artist with over 25 years experience of working with both children and adult learners. I currently teach Kindergarten through eighth grade art at the San Francisco Friends School. I am also faculty for the Alameda County Office of Education’s Integrated Learning Specialist Program. I holds a BFA in Fine Arts from UCLA and a Masters Degree in Education specializing in Arts Integration from Lesley University.
I love what I do. I am a compulsive art-maker constantly processing and making meaning through visual art expression. As an educator, I see it as my job to enchant the material I teach, “hooking” all students from the child who is visually articulate to the child who thinks they can’t draw. Integration of all academic and arts disciplines has been key in designing experiences that resonate and have meaning for my students. It is my objective to have students consider and come to understand what an artist is, how we are artists, creative thinkers and problem solvers and what the role of this 21st century thinker is the greater community.
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