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Teaching Artist Podcast is dedicated to discussions of teaching art, making art, and how those things overlap and feed each other. Rebecca Potts Aguirre, a visual arts teaching artist, interviews practicing artists who are also K-12 educators. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/teachingartistpodcast/support

Teaching Artist Podcast Rebecca Potts Aguirre

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Teaching Artist Podcast is dedicated to discussions of teaching art, making art, and how those things overlap and feed each other. Rebecca Potts Aguirre, a visual arts teaching artist, interviews practicing artists who are also K-12 educators. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/teachingartistpodcast/support

    #98: Kayla Louviere: Coming to Voice

    #98: Kayla Louviere: Coming to Voice

    Kayla Louviere talked about the juggle of parenting and making art while teaching. She shared how she approaches and structures her art practice and how that has shifted over the years. It was helpful to hear how that structure can move the dial little by little even when the amount of studio time available isn’t a lot. As she brings up topics of artistic voice with students, she also examines her own artistic voice and the themes of her work.

    Kayla shared how she’s working with students who have been through not only the pandemic, but also a devastating hurricane that has left many of them displaced from their homes. Flexibility and empathy for these young humans has been vital. She talked about introducing them to artists who also inspire her own art-making and how the research she does for teaching feeds her art practice.

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    #97: Cbabi Bayoc: Trusting Yourself

    #97: Cbabi Bayoc: Trusting Yourself

    Cbabi talked about his journey as an artist and how he continues to grow both his practice and his business. He shared his creative process and the ways he overcomes challenges while creating. He also talked about painting murals in schools and how he becomes a role model for students, making his thinking visible and encouraging the use of mistakes as learning opportunities. It was so helpful hearing how he adjusts pricing and also has to work to overcome money mindsets - that made me feel less alone in this struggle!

    Cbabi (pronounced Kuh-bob-bi) Bayoc is an internationally renowned St. Louis visual artist and illustrator who is highly sought-after for his murals and illustrations by diverse clientele such as schools, corporations, non-profits, hospitals, churches, actors, athletes, and musicians seeking images depicting the vibrancy and beauty of diversity whether digitally or by acrylic on a wall, canvas, metal, wood, and even stained glass or digitally.

    Perhaps Cbabi’s name and evolution as an artist are best embodied in his 365 Days with Dad series—his 2012 New Year’s resolution to paint a positive image of Black fatherhood each day for the entire year. This project was quintessential in starting a dialogue within the community about the importance of a strong foundation and support system for all children, no matter the age. Today, this series continues to evolve, revealing the complexities of Black masculinity through Cbabi’s 52 Fridays of Fatherhood and his commitment to grow art collecting amongst Black families through weekly giveaways of original art pieces.

    Most recently Cbabi completed illustrations for Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s children’s book, Good Night Racism, which was released June 14, 2022.

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    #96: Emily McMullan: Practices in Art

    #96: Emily McMullan: Practices in Art

    Emily talked about her path as an artist from a young age, but also discovering her love for teaching and working especially in special education. She shared how all-consuming those first years of teaching were and how art had to take a back seat. I so related to that feeling of needing to re-discover the artist self, especially after becoming a mother. Emily aslo shared some great advice as a veteran special education teacher in not only encouraging students, but also encouraging yourself.

    Emily has been a special education teacher for 19 years. She currently teaches reading, language arts, and works with many students who have dyslexia and other learning disabilities at the middle school level.  She has a degree in special education, a masters degree in educational philosophy, a minor in visual art, and is Orton Gillingham Certified. She attended a high school for the arts in San Diego, and has always used painting and creating as a means to self express, navigate unknowns, and connect with students.

    She has taught in Maryland, Colorado, and the past 12 years in Southern California. Emily‘s art practice serves as the fuel which allows her to continually show up each day for her students and her family. Emily has a partner and two daughters (5 and 9), who love art as well.

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    #95: Meera Ramanathan: Grounded in Collage

    #95: Meera Ramanathan: Grounded in Collage

    Meera talked about coming back to art after a long hiatus while teaching and moving from one country to another. She shared beautiful advice for artists and educators around diving into art-making and giving yourself grace as you grow your art practice. Meera also shared her experience through this pandemic and how meaningful it has been coming back to in-person teaching with tactile art materials.

    I loved hearing about her work and the process of selecting colors, tearing paper, collaging, and then adding embroidery. She shared advice around how she seeks opportunities and plans for solo shows, which was really helpful.

    Meera also created a company, Art Bound, in which she creates beautiful hand-bound books of children’s original artwork. These become keepsakes for the children and families, transforming those piles of artwork, notes, cards, and homework into a gorgeous book.

    Meera Ramanathan is a visual art teacher and an artist. She has a Master's degree in history of fine arts, drawing and painting and obtained a single subject teaching credential in visual art at San Diego State University. She creates paper collages that have been featured in several exhibitions.

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    #94: The Grundlers: The Creativity Department

    #94: The Grundlers: The Creativity Department

    It was such a pleasure talking with Laura & Matt Grundler, who host the #K12artchat on Twitter and The Creativity Department podcast. We talked about helping kids navigate a world that wasn’t built for them, as both parents and teachers. Laura and Matt both shared their paths as artists and educators, which included struggles with school and learning challenges, giving them empathy for students. I also loved hearing about how they weave visual journaling into not only their curricula, but also their lives. They both talked about journaling to process emotions and information, and a beautiful collaborative journal practice to continue learning about each other. TIL about wakelet and tweetdeck!

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    #93: Suzanne Joyal: Something From Nothing

    #93: Suzanne Joyal: Something From Nothing

    Suzanne Joyal had great advice about working with students with disabilities, which really applies to working with all students. I loved hearing about her path to teaching through motherhood and how she advocated for the arts in schools. It was also inspiring to hear about her art practice and how she overcomes artist block.

    Suzanne has exhibited her fine art at ArtWorks Downtown, Youth in Arts, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Albany Center, the Mill Valley Library, and Thornton Thomasetti. A visual artist with extensive teaching experience, Suzanne holds a degree in Art History from Wellesley College and has worked as a fine art gallery curator and an appraiser of fine prints for Butterfield and Butterfield. Suzanne is the founder of Purple Crayon Art Studio, a popular San Francisco art studio for children and families. Having created and directed Purple Crayon for over a decade, Suzanne sold the business in 2007. Suzanne also founded Give A Jump Start that used art as a tool for microfinance with women and children in Zambia.  Suzanne provides professional development workshops for educators in arts integration techniques and is the creator of the Walker Rezaian Creative HeARTS program, an early childhood replicable visual arts curriculum.  At Youth in Arts Suzanne focuses on the model programs including the ARTS Bank. This summer,  Suzanne began her study toward a Master of Arts in Arts Education with a focus on special populations from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, PA. The only program of its kind in the country, the program was founded by Lynn Horoschak, a pioneer in the field of arts education for special populations. For the students of Moore, and arts educators at Youth in Arts, “special populations” means anyone who does not thrive in the linear, neurotypical classroom. This could mean students experiencing disabilities, newcomer and english language learners, students experiencing the effect of trauma, or anyone with an IEP (Individual Education Plan).

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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Erinforthearts ,

So helpful

This podcast has not only encouraged me to flip my own classroom from teacher-centered to student-centered, listening to guests being interviewed has reminded me that I myself am an artist and it’s okay to make my own art again too. Very relevant if you want to understand/see/be reminded of what progression in pedagogy looks like.

Shell1092 ,

Creating

Inspired me to look at things a new way.

Lululouisexxxxxxo ,

Great podcast!

Rebecca truly has a special gift in how she talks about art in such a beautiful and thoughtful provoking manner. I love listening to her perspective.

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