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

Teaching Artist Podcast Rebecca Potts

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

    #21: Anti-Racist Art Teachers: A Panel Discussion: Anti-Racist Teaching During A Pandemic

    #21: Anti-Racist Art Teachers: A Panel Discussion: Anti-Racist Teaching During A Pandemic

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    I had the pleasure of talking with 5 of the 7 amazing women who make up the Anti-Racist Art Teachers. A few months ago, Paula Liz, an art teacher based just outside of Washington DC, started compiling resources on anti-racism to aid her in sharing with fellow art teachers. This grew into a google site and now lives at antiracistartteachers.org! As the project grew in scope, Paula Liz also began collaborating with like-minded art teachers. The Anti-Racist Art Teachers are currently Paula Liz, Nylah Khan, Francesca Levy, Khadesia Latimer, Tamara Slade, Dr. Lori Santos, and Abby Birhanu. They represent an incredible range of backgrounds in terms of race and ethnicity, teaching styles, grade levels, experience, and location. Their bios as well as individual contact info can be found on their contact page.

    Nylah and Francesca weren’t able to join us for this conversation, but they were there in spirit.

    I am in awe and very grateful to these teachers for sharing so much actionable advice! They have created and are continuing to add to an incredible resource for art teachers and really any teachers or even parents seeking information and lesson plans around anti-racist education. Visit antiracistartteachers.org to check it out! You can find lesson plans, curated lists of resources and artists, and now artist interviews. If you have lessons to share, you can also submit them there.

    Below is a statement from the Anti-Racist Art Teachers.

    What does fighting racism have to do with art education? Everything. As art educators, we have the power to see COLOR, to VALUE all students, to create a safe SPACE, to FORM a more fair and just future, we recognize the TEXTURE of human life, to step beyond the LINE and learn to SHAPE new perspectives through art education. A future without racism can begin in the art classroom. We can be part of the change. Join us. We are anti-racist art teachers.


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    antiracistartteachers.org

    Art Teachers for Antiracist Curriculum on Facebook

    Anti-Racist Art Educators on Facebook

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    #20: Danielle Nilsen: Offering Hope

    #20: Danielle Nilsen: Offering Hope

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    It was so nice talking with Danielle Nilsen! We’ve been instagram friends since we were matched up in the Artist/Parent/Academic peer support groups and I’ve loved following along with the evolution of her work. Danielle talked about making the shift from more representational landscape painting to abstract collage and textile pieces. She shared her teaching philosophy and how she dove into teaching for artistic behavior and has adjusted the structure of her curricula over the years. She was so encouraging and inspiring! It made me want to work on a simpler daily art practice.

    Danielle Nilsen is a painter, collage artist, and textile-maker interested in structure, fragmentation, and wholeness. Often giving new life to found materials, she follows an impulse to preserve, transform, and create moments of joy. Her vibrantly colored work is an offering of hope and a celebration of beauty in the overlooked.

    Danielle is an artist and educator living and working in Saint Louis, Missouri. She holds a BA in Fine Arts from Drury University and a M.Ed from University of Missouri-St. Louis. She teaches elementary art by day and paints in her home studio by night. She is married to a fellow teacher and is mother to Genevieve and dog-mom to Bart.

    Thank you Danielle! I especially loved how she gathers inspiration from her students and the materials of an elementary art classroom. And how she thinks of everything as a painting - from photos to collage to scraps of fabric sewn together. Her work is beautifully composed and even more impressive within the brief time periods available between teaching and parenting and the parameters she sets for herself of not cutting the pieces again once the blocks of color or pattern are removed from a magazine. Go look at her work!

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    www.daniellenilsen.com

    @daniellenilsenart on instagram

    Book: Make Ink: A Forager's Guide to Natural Inkmaking

    Book: Studio Thinking From the Start: The K-8 Art Educator's Handbook 

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    #19: David T Miller: In Dialogue With The Work

    #19: David T Miller: In Dialogue With The Work

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    I was excited to talk with David T Miller, whose work is so full of color and texture. He talked about having a dialogue with his work and encouraging his students to do the same - to listen to the work and what it tells you.  I also love how David talked about his lack of confidence and not necessarily overcoming it, but realizing that all artists deal with that and just accepting it. He said he settled in to what he does and who he is.

    David T Miller has been active in art education since 1980 when he began teaching art at a High School in San Antonio Texas. After a period of seven years in the classroom, he became an Admissions Counselor for the Kansas City Art Institute. Art school admissions travel provided a first hand, national perspective of high school and community college art classrooms and their students. This was augmented by regular attendance at national and regional portfolio day events with insight obtained from countless student interviews and portfolio reviews. Miller’s initial goal was to return to the classroom energized and informed by the experience of two or three years of admissions travel. In 1998, eleven years and four art colleges later (Kansas City Art Institute, School of the Museum of Fine Art Boston, San Francisco Art Institute and School of Visual Arts in NYC) he returned to the high school classroom at Wissahickon High School in Ambler, Pennsylvania. He currently teaches courses titled Honors Art, Portfolio Art, AP Art and Ceramics 1. He received the Secondary Art Teacher of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Art Education Association in 2015. Miller’s teaching methodology has been referred to in various publications. He believes in student discovery as the primary path to learning. He believes all students are artists and everything can be considered art. One of his primary goals in the classroom is to stay out of students’ way.

    Miller is an active art maker. His work is of a non-representational nature that strives for spontaneity and undirected playfulness. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. He has degrees from Southwest Texas State University and University of the Arts.

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    Art Site: www.davidtmillerart.com

    Teaching site

    @davidtmiller on Instagram

    Padlet: The 'Isms: Watch & Create

    Padlet: Resources & Activities

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    • 1 hr 42 min
    #18: Adjoa Burrowes: Telling Your Own Story

    #18: Adjoa Burrowes: Telling Your Own Story

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    Adjoa Burrowes has had several successful careers and it was such an honor to talk with her about her art practice, teaching, and children’s books. She spoke about narrative and the importance of telling your own story and ensuring that students have opportunities to tell their own stories. I was so moved and inspired by this conversation. I hope you feel the same as you listen.

    Her discussion of the empowerment telling your own story provides reminded me of this talk by the acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, "The Danger of a Single Story."

    Adjoa’s words at the end about standing in the footprints of great artists are so powerful. Her story and her grit provide such motivation. To hear how she kept pushing to become a children’s book illustrator and then author by continuing despite hearing “no” again and again.

    “Keep pushing at it until the door opens.” She said. Yes!! Force those doors to open for you!

    I also loved her response to creative block - just sitting in that stuckness and letting it be time for incubation of an idea. She talked about how that pause, that slowing down is part of the creative process.

    Soak up her wisdom!

    Adjoa Burrowes is a mixed media artist and educator. Her multifaceted career includes decades as a graphic designer for major corporations, and illustrating over a dozen picture books - including Grandma’s Purple Flowers which she also authored. Her journey as a teaching artist includes years teaching in the National Museum of Women in the Art’s Bridging Communities and Arts, Books, and Communities (ABC) program in 12 schools, and 11 years developing art residencies as a teaching artist with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in dozens of schools in the DC metropolitan area. Burrowes has a BFA from Howard University in printmaking and an MA in art education from the Corcoran School of Art at The George Washington University. In her current art practice she creates abstract mixed media prints,  collages, and sculpture from reclaimed cardboard that address issues of consumerism, decay, and rebirth. She lives and maintains a studio in northern Virginia and is an elementary art teacher at The Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia.

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    www.adjoaburrowes.com

    Adjoa Burrowes' fine art blog

    Adjoa Burrowes on Fine Art America

    @burrowesadjoa on instagram

    Interview on The Studio Visit

    Book: Grandma's Purple Flowers

    Book: Everybody Wears Braids

    Book: My Steps

    Book: Destiny's Gift

    South Side Community Art Center

    The Kennedy Center

    Africobra

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    #17: Jennifer Love Gironda: Everything is Everything

    #17: Jennifer Love Gironda: Everything is Everything

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    Jennifer Love Gironda is such an accomplished art teacher and artist. She shared really helpful tips on grant writing, teaching, and getting your art out there. I love how she approaches art and teaching and life with such a can-do attitude. She is so encouraging of other artists and teachers and committed to her art-making. She has been making a piece every day since January, 2012.

    Jennifer Love Gironda is a teaching artist in every sense of the phrase. She studied art at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC where she obtained BFA and MAEd degrees.  She has participated in numerous art shows and exhibits.

    She says “My goal is to put some whimsy and light out into the world, a little of my heART. “

    Jennifer has taught art in various grade levels from K-12 for over fifteen years and is a National Board Certified Teacher.  She has written many successful grants for her schools and classrooms over the years. This year, she was recognized as making significant contributions to art and culture with the Liman Excellence in Arts Education Award from the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County.

    I love her commitment to both teaching and art-making and how she builds connections. Everything is everything. Thank you, Jennifer!

    Go check out her work and the work of the artists she mentioned!

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    www.jenniferlovegironda.com

    @artbyjlg artist instagram

    @studiogironda teacher instagram

    Kianga Jinaki - textile artist (@kianga_art)

    Jason Fleurant, aka JaFleu (@trealtoonz and @jafleu)

    Anthony Burks - (@ampburks)

    Edel Rodriguez

    John Parra - illustrator of several children's books, including Hey Wall: A Story of Art & Community and Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos

    Adam Hillman (@witenry)

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    Exhibit! "See Where It Takes You" opens July 10

    Exhibit! "See Where It Takes You" opens July 10

    So, I said I wasn’t going to release an episode this week…and I’m not really. This is a mini-episode to share more about our upcoming exhibit. I am so excited to be working with Maria Coit of Curated for Kids on this project.

    Contemporary Art For Young Audiences is what we’re calling this collaboration between Teaching Artist Podcast and Curated for Kids.

    Our first exhibit is titled See Where It Takes You.

    This is an online group exhibition opening July 10, 2020.

    During this Great Pause while we are spending more time at home connected through devices, this exhibit brings contemporary artwork and inspiration to children in their homes. This is more than an exhibit - it is also a resource for parents and art teachers.

    This exhibit showcases for young audiences the work of nine artists, many of whom are also teachers. The show includes video interviews with artists sharing their creative process, the meanings behind their work, and their advice for aspiring artists.

    The title comes from The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” says Vashti’s teacher in The Dot. This book is a favorite of elementary art teachers and has even inspired International Dot Day celebrations around the world. That first dot Vashti makes leads her on a journey of creating all sorts of dots, exploring color and scale, positive and negative space. Like many contemporary artists, she discovers an interest and digs into it, pushing her work in new directions.

    Participating Artists:

    Pamella Allen
    Stephanie Barenz
    Aaron Bos-Wahl
    Deane V. Bowers
    Nikki Brugnoli
    Denise Gasser
    Heather Lowe
    Deborah Reilly
    Alice Stone Collins

    While our focus is on sharing artwork in an accessible way, the work will be for sale. 70% of sales will directly support the artists, while 20% will be donated to an incredible organization. We are thrilled to support Amplifier through this exhibit. They offer free programming for educators and have also developed at-home learning toolkits.

    “The Education Amplifier program is committed to amplifying the voices of social change movements through art and community engagement by creating meaningful ways for educators and their students to join the conversation. We achieve this by collaborating with social change movements to create and distribute teaching tools such as artwork, lesson plans, art builds, and storytelling opportunities to registered Amplifier educators for their classrooms. We are bridging the gap between education and social change movements to inspire youth around the country to lead social change.”

    Join us for our opening online event on Friday, July 10th in instagram live! We’re also planning to do an artist talk event series, so be sure to follow us @teachingartistpodcast and @curatedforkids. I can’t wait!!

    You can support this exhibition and podcast in many ways! Find out how at www.teachingartistpodcast.com/support/


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ChristineT76 ,

Such an inspiring and helpful show!

I love hearing from others in the same boat trying to make time for having a real art career while teaching and being dedicated to my students. Thank you for sharing these conversations!

dreilyyio ,

Hello all

I want to thank Rebecca for the opportunity to talk with her about art and teaching. Listening to this during our quarantine time makes me feel so connected. Please check out her work, share this podcast and support the Arts. Thank you, Rebecca!

leempierce ,

Really appreciate what this podcast is doing for teacher/artists

I am not an artist but I am a teacher and I’ve seen a lot of friends who teach k12 art get so involved with their students that their own studio work goes by the wayside. I’ve been sending them the first episodes of this podcast to remind them they can keep doing art and be a good teacher! Keep the inspiration coming!

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