Artist Directory 2014-2015

Artist Directory 2014-2015

Download complete Handbook here: 2014-15 FACE Handbook

All artists listed in this handbook are local and are required to participate in a 12 hour course developed by the Fairbanks Arts Association in collaboration with the FNSBSD Art Center. This training course ensures that the artists going into the schools have the necessary skills for a successful residency. Please be aware that more artists periodically complete the required course and are added to the AIS roster. Inquire with the Education Coordinator for additions to our list of teaching artists. There are many teaching artists throughout the state of Alaska who have participated in similar training courses. For a complete list of teaching artists outside of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, visit the Teaching Artist Roster via the Alaska State Council on the Arts http://www.eed.state.ak.us/aksca/AIE.html or contact the Arts in Education staff in Anchorage at (907) 269-6682.

TWO DIMENSIONAL ARTS

Jeannie Mars Armstrong

Watercolor, Pen & Ink Drawings

Age Levels: 4th-8th grade

Phone: (907) 451-9111 E-mail: armstrong.jeanne1@gmail.com

“Primarily a watercolor painter, I also create cartoons, caricatures, and illustrations. I enjoy teaching students to use various watercolor and/or cartooning techniques to make interesting mobiles, paper sculptures, cards, or small books. Art is a wonderful glue that can successfully merge cross-curricular concepts, and teachers can use my lessons for later projects.

 

Peggy Birkenbuel

Paper Crafts & Collage

Age Levels: All ages

Phone: (907) 452-4095 or (907) 460-7071 E-mail:  peggybirken@gmail.com

“I moved to Alaska to teach second/third graders in a Yupik/Athabaskan village along the Kushokwim River.  I quickly found that this is truly a multi-media paradise for artists like myself.  I love taking something old and recycling it to make a whole new experience in art.  I feel students should not be afraid of the art experience and I encourage all students to express their individuality to the fullest.”

 

Christa M. Bentele

Murals, Acrylics, Oil Pastels, Watercolor, Pen & Ink, Charcoal

Age Levels: All Ages

Phone: (907) 940-3176 Email: cmbentele@yahoo.com

 

“I’ve been an artist all my life and in the last 25 years have taught art to 4 – 85 year olds, either

in classrooms, private lessons, or small group settings.  I’m experienced in a wide variety of techniques and mediums, including oils, acrylics, watercolor, oil pastels, inks, dyes, and colored pencils.  My objective is to pass on my love for art by engaging my students in fun, creative projects which awaken the hidden talents within and give each student the feeling of success and artistic pride.  In order to complement and enhance your school’s curriculum I can tailor my lesson plan accordingly, which could then be used by teachers in the future, as I will leave simple, detailed instructions for each art project.”

 

Sue Cole

Watercolor, Acrylic, Birch Trees Project (Watercolor)

Age Levels: All ages

Other Considerations: Tables and a sink necessary

Phone: (907) 456-3635    E-mail: scoleak@gmail.com

 

“Life is a constant challenge and inspiration and I especially enjoy taking part in trying to capture different aspects of it. Teaching is my way of passing on something of myself to others. Watercolor and marbling are constantly exciting and challenging to me. I tell people it helps me to become a “recovering perfectionist” because you don’t always know how it’s going to turn out.  You can make an educated guess, but that’s all. You can forget about your problems and even time while you are making art, which is one of the things that fascinates me about it.”

 

Margaret Donat

Drawing, Painting, Watercolor, Printmaking

Age Levels: All Ages

Phone:  (907) 322-9182 E-mail: margaretdonat@gmail.com

 

“I retired after teaching secondary art (Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Jewelry, Glass, Ceramics, Printmaking) for 34 years, and am currently a painter and glass artist. Teaching art for so many years made me a sort of “Jack of all trades,” so I can design almost any art experience for your students and tailor it for any age level. I believe art can enhance your current curriculum, and would love to design an art experience for your students that is not only fun, but ties into what they are currently learning.”

 

Jesse Hensel

Painting

Age Levels: All ages

Phone: (907) 699-2109 E-mail: jesse.hensel@gmail.com Website: www.jessehensel.com

 

“My own practice involves working sustainably with traditional tools and local materials. I like to extend this practice into residencies by collecting and utilizing materials found on school grounds. I enjoy working with students of all ages and abilities in a variety of artistic media. I find it rewarding to customize lessons to each individual student. I develop and implement art lessons that connect to science, math and history curriculum.”

 

Joyce Kelso

Drawing, Painting

Age Levels: All ages

Phone: (907) 460-0307 E-mail: joyceart@alaska.net

 

“I am a multidisciplinary artist.  I have developed techniques to teach even the youngest artist to create realistic “big guy” art as well as an “I can” attitude.  I set high expectations for my students and find that they respond to the challenge, exceeding their own and their parents’ expectations. My classes includes drawing, shading, texture, color theory and creating a color wheel, painting (mixing their own colors), and presentation.  Classes can include grid drawing, perspective, composition, more color theory, watercolor, acrylic, oil, and 3D using Sculpey clay.  All classes end with an art show.  Projects are tailored to age group.”

 

Klara Maisch

Murals, Printmaking, Painting, Drawing, Collage, Paper Crafts

Age Levels: All ages

Phone: (907) 687-1568 E-mail: klara@klaramaisch.com Website: klaramaisch.com

 

“I view art as a form of exploration. Whether I have an entire wall, a piece of paper, a block of wood, or a stretched canvas, I will delight in sharing an artistic adventure with students. I have many ideas for projects already planned, including collaborative murals, linoleum block printing, personal journals, and lessons in scientific illustration. I am also very flexible, and enjoy developing new project ideas that are specific to certain ages, subjects or materials. I am especially interested in place-based education and fostering connections between the “STEAM” subjects. I specialize in woodblock and linoleum carving, collaborative murals, acrylic painting, pen and ink illustration, silkscreen printing, and collage.”

 

Laura Nutter

Drawing, Painting, Murals with emphasis on recycled materials

Age Levels: All ages

Phone: (907) 687-0353 E-mail: snxfan@gmail.com

 

“I have been orchestrating successful AIS residencies in the Interior for the past 5 years, completing many projects with every age of student. I enjoy the challenge of structuring projects with a school’s particular needs, budget, and interest, and have a particular fondness for working with rural and smaller schools. While my focus has been to utilize recycled materials to create murals, I have also enjoyed a variety of other sessions including kite-making, watercolor, acrylic panel murals, and a silk-screen t-shirt project. With your students, I will focus on tailoring our project to each individual, so that he or she is able to experience the full scale of progression to create a unique piece of art. I am also happy to dovetail our project with any ongoing classroom lesson, such as science or natural history.”

 

Linda Pfisterer

Illustrating your Writing, Watercolor Painting

Age Levels: All ages

Phone: (907) 479-4712 E-mail: linda.pfisterer@gmail.com

“Illustrating what you write can help students develop their work both visually and with words. I like to work with both students and teachers to choose media and develop lessons with the necessary skills they need to create a visual expression to enhance their writing. Watercolor paint, crayon, ink and pencils are used with lessons in shading for depth, creating texture and drawing action people and animals.”

“Watercolor has been useful to me in journaling and as a media easy to transport for any occasion. Progressive watercolor techniques and color theory can be taught to all ages like building blocks creating many levels of painterly effects. As an art educator, I have developed age appropriate lessons to help students experiment and develop the many possibilities watercolor paint can offer. Student products can also be used as a background for poetry or covers for a project they have done.”

 

Gail Priday

Painting, Drawing, Murals

Age Levels: All Ages

Phone:  (907) 388-3937 E-mail: gail.e.priday@gmail.com          Website: gailpriday.com

“Presently my paintings are inspired by the natural world, particularly the Alaskan flora. I am intrigued by the diversity that exists within a single variety of plant. My oil and acrylic paintings express the wonderment of my observations. I see every tree as an individual and am amazed at how a single branch produces seemingly indistinguishable leaves that are in fact vastly different. I am drawn to infinitesimal details of the leaves and berries and to the larger details of tree trunks. The patterns created by twigs and branches and the negative spaces that surround them are equally fascinating and call to be recreated. It is my intention to explore these and other concepts with students.

 

Adam Ottavi

Drawing

Age Levels: All ages

Phone: (907) 322-2392 E-mail: ottavi.adam@gmail.com              Website: http://adamottavi.com

“I am primarily a photographic artist.  I was trained at Columbia College Chicago in commercial and fine art photography.  I earned my MFA degree in fine art photography and drawing at UAF in 2011.  Over the past few years, my artistic/studio practice has included more drawing, 19th Century photographic processes, and installation art.   I find it’s helpful to learn and master new processes and techniques as I work and grow as an artist.   However, photography is still my main tool of communication and expression.  It is the central art form in each exhibition I produce and is the heart of my artistic curiosity.  For students, I find it invaluable to learn about light, shadow, cameras, and what photographs do, say, and discuss both in our everyday experience as well as on gallery and museum walls.” 

 

Shelby Sand

Age Levels: All ages

Phone: (907) 378-7878 E-mail:  shelby.j.sand@gmail.com

“As a college coach and player, as an artist, and as a student myself I worked to understand negative self-talk. We are often told “change your attitude!” Has anyone ever taught you how? Learning to use your emotional brain alongside IQ is what makes individuals’ truly successful. Ultimately all success comes down to relationships.  My students will work through open ended ideas within the pages of books. We will work through telling their story through visual mixed-media expression as well as language. Visual journals are meant to document day-to-day experiences, activities, and emotions and are often autobiographical in nature. Visual journals have been used for centuries as records of ideas and imagination. It is an accessible project for all ages and abilities.  This process fits into any schools initiatives and themes, from bullying to patience and understanding. Students will work on skills to express themselves and understand their emotions and others. I bring both my undergraduate experience in the arts and my Masters in business to my theory of the greater importance of emotional intelligence. “Good decisions require far more than factual knowledge. They are made of self-knowledge and emotional mastery when they’re needed most.- Emotional Intelligence 2.0.”

 

Amy Reisland-Speer

Painting, Drawing, Murals

Age Levels: All ages

Phone: (907) 683-2590  E-mail:amysitsoo@yahoo.com           Website: http://www.sitsoostudio.com

“I am primarily a painter.  My subjects include large canvases painted with brightly colored Alaskan animals to smaller canvases with realistic birds.  I enjoy using bright fun colors to represent our local Alaskan animals. Playing with color and design is a great way to experiment with art for children of all ages. Using unrealistic hues helps illustrate the idea of value and how color can effect an image.  It is more fun to paint a blue moose than a brown moose!”

 

James T. Smith (Jamie)

Comics, Drawing

Age Levels:  7th-12th grades

Phone:  (907) 378-6018 E-mail:  norwolf.art@gmail.com

“From editorial cartoons to single-panel gags, syndicated strips to webcomics, alternative to mainstream comic books, storyboards and character design to graphic novels:  the medium of sequential art is popular and has gained in critical recognition.   Comics are a legitimate and uniquely engaging interdisciplinary educational tool for both literacy and the visual arts through writing and drawing.  Students of all levels will be encouraged to explore and incorporate personal interests, topics of relevant to their community and cultural perspectices.  Students will be exposed to work of contemporary and historical creators, materials and techniques, commercial applications, professional resources, and learn how to produce and develop their own pieces in conjunction with demonstrations and classroom exercises.  Additional sessions exploring minicomics and collaborative pages are available for advanced groups with extended residency.  For over 25 years I’ve drawn my cartoon feature for the Fairbanks News-Miner and other publications.  I also teach drawing courses as an adjunct in the UAF Fine Arts Department, and rountinely give lectures and workshops for institutions and organizations.”

 

Iris Sutton

Drawing, Painting, Working with Color

Age Levels: All ages

Phone: (907) 455-4270 E-mail:  irieeee@hotmail.com         Website: icewedgeart.wordpress.com

“I am at heart an Alaskan and a painter and in recent years have begun using large canvasses, and bright, bold colors to paint Alaska’s flora and fauna. As an artist and painter it is important to always be looking and seeing the world around you, to go and spend time inspecting and studying the small things as well as the large. Notice changes in color with light and shadows, how the direction of the sun illuminates objects.  As an Artist in the school, My goal is that children will play with color, make and use their own colors, explore opposites and contrast and learn to see color in all of it variations and attempt to represent their world both imaginary and realistic.”

 

Sara Tabbert

Printmaking, Drawing, Mosaics

Age Levels: Early Childhood, Kindergarten, Elementary

Phone: (907) 479-0456 E-mail: sara@saratabbert.com       Website: http://www.saratabbert.com

“I am primarily a printmaker, but my work has recently gone into working with carved wood, glass, and mosaics. One of the great things about printmaking is that it can be as simple or complex as you want it to be and I’m confident that I could find ways to make it interesting and appropriate to all ages. I would also be very interested in working with both young as well as older students in making mosaics.

If you are a large school (250 students or more) we will need to discuss either a longer residency than two weeks or working with a portion of your students rather than the entire school.”

THREE DIMENSIONAL ARTS

 

Christa M. Bentele

Sculpey/Cloud Clay, Foil Embossing, Tin-Punching, Weaving, Basketry

Age Levels: All Ages

Phone: (907) 940-3176 Email: cmbentele@yahoo.com

“I’ve been an artist all my life and in the last 25 years have taught art to 4 – 85 year olds, either in classrooms, private lessons, or small group settings.  I’m experienced in a wide variety of mediums and techniques, including foil, tin, different craft clays, weaving with yarn and reeds, mask making, and 3-D canvas creations.  My objective is to pass on my love for art by engaging my students in fun, creative projects which awaken the hidden artist within and give each student the feeling of success and artistic pride.  In order to complement and enhance your school’s curriculum I can tailor my lesson plan accordingly, which could then be used by teachers in the future, as I will leave simple, detailed instructions for each art project.”

 

Margaret Donat

Jewelry, Glass, Ceramics

Age Levels: All ages

Phone:  (907) 322-9182 E-mail: margaretdonat@gmail.com

“I retired after teaching secondary art (Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Jewelry, Glass, Ceramics, Printmaking) for 34 years, and am currently a painter and glass artist. Teaching art for so many years made me a sort of “Jack of all trades,” so I can design almost any art experience for your students and tailor it for any age level. I believe art can enhance your current curriculum, and would love to design an art experience for your students that is not only fun, but ties into what they are currently learning.”

 

Jesse Hensel

Woodworking, Assemblage, Fiber Arts, Sustainable Art

Age Levels: All ages

Phone: (907)699-2109 E-mail: jesse.hensel@gmail.com Website: www.jessehensel.com

“My own practice involves working sustainably with traditional tools and local materials. I like to extend this practice into residencies by collecting and utilizing materials found on school grounds. I enjoy working with students of all ages and abilities in a variety of artistic media. I find it rewarding to customize lessons to each individual student. I develop and implement art lessons that connect to science, math and history curriculum.”

 

Debbie Matthews

Fused Glass, Mosaic, Torch Beads, Stained Glass

Age Levels: All Ages

Other Considerations: Needs art room or area to get messy, needs electricity.

Phone: (907) 474-3923    e-mail: debbie@expressionsinglass.net

Website:www.expressionsinglass.net

“I’ve worked with glass in many forms my whole life from large Stained glass windows to sun catchers, boxes, jewelry, fused plates, mosaic and whatever I decide or customers ask me to create. With many phases of glass there is always a challenge for a new project and to design something new. Kids are fun to work with to present the basic project and see where their imagination takes them to create their fantastic masterpiece. It’s fun to watch and be a part of. I’ve worked with many different ages from very young to very old in my classes.”

 

Laura Nutter

Mosaics, Murals with emphasis on recycled materials

Age Levels: All Ages

Phone: (907) 687-0353 E-mail: snxfan@gmail.com

“I have been orchestrating successful AIS residencies in the Interior for the past 5 years, completing many projects with every age of student. I enjoy the challenge of structuring projects with a school’s particular needs, budget, and interest, and have a particular fondness for working with rural and smaller schools. While my focus has been to utilize recycled materials to create murals, I have also enjoyed a variety of other sessions including kite-making, watercolor, acrylic panel murals, and a silk-screen t-shirt project. With your students, I will focus on tailoring our project to each individual, so that he or she is able to experience the full scale of progression to create a unique piece of art. I am also happy to dovetail our project with any ongoing classroom lesson, such as science or natural history.”

 

Doris Pfalmer
Pottery

Age Levels: K-8th grade

Other Considerations: Access to a kiln helpful

Phone: (907) 474-3686 E-mail: dopfapfo@gmail.com

“I enjoy making designs in functional pottery with found objects, like pen tops, screwdriver bits, bubble wands, etc., and have a great time teaching kids to make them too.  Kids, clay, and bins of designing objects are a fun combination, especially for the dirt-deprived children of Fairbanks during the long winter months.  Kindergarten through third graders will create a little round bowl and learn the concept of radial design as well as vocabulary about the process of making pottery.  Fourth to eighth graders will learn to make a round, lidded box that incorporates both linear and radial design, as well as the vocabulary included in the process. I am open to discussing other projects as well.”

 

Teresa Shannon

Hand-built and Wheel-thrown Pottery; Tile, Murals, Mosaics; Sculptural clay

Age Levels: All ages

Any special considerations: Access to a kiln

Phone: (907) 378-0966 E-mail: claytree@hotmail.com

“Kids just love to get their hands into clay.  It responds immediately to their touch and just feels good.  Working with clay can show kids endless possibilities. From making tiny pinch pots to large scale tile installations, there is always something new to learn from the material.  I’m interested in the collaboration potential with kids and clay.  I see my role as a facilitator for their ideas.”

CRAFTS/TRADITIONAL/FOLK ARTS

Peggy Birkenbuel

Paper Crafts & Collage

Age Levels: All ages

Phone: (907) 452-4095 or (907) 460-7071 E-mail:  peggybirken@gmail.com

 “I moved to Alaska to teach second/third graders in a Yupik/Athabaskan village along the Kushokwim River.  I quickly found that this is truly a multi-media paradise for artists like myself.  I love taking something old and recycling it to make a whole new experience in art.  I feel students should not be afraid of the art experience and I encourage all students to express their individuality to the fullest.”

 

Sue Cole

Paper Arts, Marbling, Collage, Simple Bookbinding, Needlework

Age Levels: All ages

Other Considerations: Tables and a sink necessary

Phone: (907) 456-3635    E-mail: scoleak@gmail.com

“Life is a constant challenge and inspiration and I especially enjoy taking part in trying to capture different aspects of it. Teaching is my way of passing on something of myself to others. Watercolor and marbling are constantly exciting and challenging to me. I tell people it helps me to become a “recovering perfectionist” because you don’t always know how it’s going to turn out.  You can make an educated guess, but that’s all. You can forget about your problems and even time while you are making art, which is one of the things that fascinates me about it.”

 

Jesse Hensel

Woodworking, Weaving, Assemblage, Paper Making, Fiber Arts, Sustainable Art

Age Levels: All ages

Phone: (907)699-2109 E-mail: jesse.hensel@gmail.com Website: www.jessehensel.com

“My own practice involves working sustainably with traditional tools and local materials. I like to extend this practice into residencies by collecting and utilizing materials found on school grounds. I enjoy working with students of all ages and abilities in a variety of artistic media. I find it rewarding to customize lessons to each individual student. I develop and implement art lessons that connect to science, math and history curriculum.”

 

Klara Maisch

Book Arts, Collage, Paper Crafts

Age Levels: All Ages

Phone: (907) 687-1568 Email: klara@klaramaisch.com Website: klaramaisch.com

“I view art as a form of exploration. Whether I have an entire wall, a piece of paper, a block of wood, or a stretched canvas, I will delight in sharing an artistic adventure with students. I have many ideas for projects already planned, including collaborative murals, linoleum block printing, personal journals, and lessons in scientific illustration. I am also very flexible, and enjoy developing new project ideas that are specific to certain ages, subjects or materials. I am especially interested in place-based education and fostering connections between the “STEAM” subjects. I specialize in woodblock and linoleum carving, collaborative murals, acrylic painting, pen and ink illustration, silkscreen printing, and collage.”

 

Tanya Mendelowitz

Collage, Printmaking, Paper Arts, Handmade Books

Age Levels: K-8

Phone: (907) 479-9462 E-mail: tmendelowitz@gmail.com Website: http://www.winddogpress.com

“I am a certified K-8 teacher and I am highly qualified to teach art and writing. I can teach any kind of collage, paste paper, printmaking, paper arts and handmade book structures. I am flexible, I could do a single school-wide project or I could work with different grade levels on smaller projects. I enjoy empowering young writers by teaching a wide variety of writing genres. I know from experience that students are very enthusiastic about my art and writing activities and I can give you some great ideas that you will be able to try out in your classroom with district required content area.”

 

Mary Ver Hoef

Mixed media collage on tiles, Birch bark weaving, Land art and drawing

Age Levels: All

Phone: (907) 456-4321 E-mail: mary@maryverhoef.com          Website: www.maryverhoef.com

“Knowledge is often best internalized through the process of making things; my goal is to foster confidence and wonder within each person through the creative process.  We can make map and paper collages on tiles (as coasters for individual students or a mounted installation). This project is great for students of all ages. My birch bark weaving workshops are best for smaller groups, 5th grade and older. Weaving projects can incorporate student artwork or written elements.  Land art (outdoor collage with local materials) temporary installation workshops are best scheduled in fall and spring. The teaching  and gardening experience I bring help me relate my artistic plant themes to school gardens, science and math curriculum, and non-fiction reading extension projects.  I am flexible and happy to work with each school designing projects.”

MEDIA/TECHNOLOGY ARTS/PHOTOGRAPHY

Adam Ottavi

Traditional & Digital Photography

Age Levels: All ages

Phone: (907) 322-2392 E-mail: ottavi.adam@gmail.com              Website: http://adamottavi.com

“I am primarily a photographic artist.  I was trained at Columbia College Chicago in commercial and fine art photography.  I earned my MFA degree in fine art photography and drawing at UAF in 2011.  Over the past few years, my artistic/studio practice has included more drawing, 19th Century photographic processes, and installation art.   I find it’s helpful to learn and master new processes and techniques as I work and grow as an artist.   However, photography is still my main tool of communication and expression.  It is the central art form in each exhibition I produce and is the heart of my artistic curiosity.  For students, I find it invaluable to learn about light, shadow, cameras, and what photographs do, say, and discuss both in our everyday experience as well as on gallery and museum walls.”  Nenana Burn by Adam Ottavi

 

Doris Pfalmer

Digital Photography

Age Levels: 6th-8th grades only

Phone: (907) 474-3686 Email: dopfapfo@gmail.com

“I am a photographer of people– I love putting people at ease and capturing their true nature, especially children.  I call myself a “documentary photographer” because I like recording the real person in their real environment, rather than setting up fake props for them in a studio.  I will teach sixth to eighth graders how to take better environmental portraits.  We will choose their favorite photo to print and mat.”

 

Linda Pfisterer

Capturing Nature Art

Age Levels: Third Grade and up

Phone: (907) 479-4712 E-mail: linda.pfisterer@gmail.com

“Creating art with found objects in nature can be an exciting way for students to experiment with the elements of design. To preserve this momentary art, the use of digital photography can ‘capture’ a class set of nature designs for students to enjoy or use as a writing prompt.”

 

DANCE

Felix Bambury-Webbe

Cuban Popular Social Dances: Salsa, Rueda de Casino, Cha cha cha, Mambo and Son;

Latin Popular Dances: Bachata, Merengue, Reggaeton and Hip Hop;

Afro Cuban and Afro Haitian dance

Age Levels: 7th-12th

Phone: (907) 479-2323            E-mail: felimar07@gci.net Website: www.HotSaborCubanoDance.com

“My parents gave me the love of dance. I first danced in my mother’s womb and against her chest. As a boy I danced at my father’s side. Through their love and influence I became the dancer I am today. Dance is my passion and I want to share the rich traditions of my culture and my knowledge with young people whose lives may be transformed by their newfound abilities.”

 

Kendell Macomber

Hip Hop, Breakdancing, Step, Tap, Jazz, Waltz, Foxtrot, Bachata, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Cha-Cha

Age Levels:  All Ages

Phone: (907) 452-1612  Email: dance.revolution.ak@gmail.com

Website: www.dancerevolutionak.com

“I have been dancing for over 20 years and teaching dance in the Fairbanks area since 2008.  My main focus is teaching Hip Hop and all its elements, but there are many other styles that I can teach as well.  I’ve worked with ages 5 and up in a dance studio setting.  Class will start off with isolations and stretching, then a workout with push ups and sit ups, finally choreography and freestyle.  I can create original choreography to a specific class theme if desired.  My goal is to encourage students to explore movement, be comfortable in their own body, and build self-esteem by showing them that everyone can dance, and that there are no wrong movements.”

 

Lucy Lorenz

Line, Folk and Square dance

Age Levels: K-6th

Other Considerations: Works with PE and Music teachers, needs the gym for dance

Phone: (907) 457-2592 E-mail: lucydl59@gmail.com

“While I’m not a professional dancer of any one specific form of dance, I’ve always had a love for music and movement. My goal throughout my career as a physical education teacher was to utilize dance as another medium to promote fitness and the enjoyment of movement to students of all ages. While teaching, I worked with my school’s music teacher to develop a few different dance units we felt elementary students would enjoy and could easily do.  As a retired teacher, this is what I now bring to schools.  Students experience the joy dance brings to our lives while refining their social, recreational and physical skills.”

 

LITERARY

Susan Grace

Songwriting, Storytelling/Family Stories

Age Levels: All Ages

Phone: (907) 479-0780 Email: Blackdog@ptialaska.net Website: SusanGraceAlaska.com

“I love playing with music and dancing, words and stories with children of all ages. For over 30 years I have been sharing a wonderful mix of entertainment and education with children and youth. Through songwriting, storytelling and dancing I enjoy planting positive seeds and taking my audience on an adventure of new ideas, while having fun and learning.”

 

Tanya Mendelowitz

Handmade Books with Paper Arts, Collage, Printmaking)

Age Levels: K-8th

Phone: (907) 479-9462 E-mail: tmendelowitz@gmail.com Website: http://www.winddogpress.com

“I am a certified K-8 teacher and I am highly qualified to teach art and writing. I can teach any kind of collage, paste paper, printmaking, paper arts and handmade book structures. I am flexible, I could do a single school-wide project or I could work with different grade levels on smaller projects. I enjoy empowering young writers by teaching a wide variety of writing genres. I know from experience that students are very enthusiastic about my art and writing activities and I can give you some great ideas that you will be able to try out in your classroom with district required content area.”

 

Linda Pfisterer

Illustrating your Writing

Age Levels: All Ages

Phone: (907) 479-4712 E-mail: linda.pfisterer@gmail.com

“Illustrating what you write can help students develop their work both visually and with words. I like to work with both students and teachers to choose media and develop lessons with the necessary skills they need to create a visual expression to enhance their writing. Watercolor paint, crayon, ink and pencils are used with lessons in shading for depth, creating texture and drawing action people and animals.”

 

Linda Schandelmeier

Revision, Poetry

Age Levels: K-8th

Phone: (907) 474-4927 E-mail: lindaschandelmeier@gmail.com

Revision: “I use a conference table format to teach the process of revision. Working with a small group of students, I model how to give appropriate feedback and suggestions for revision. Students learn to share their work, listen to feedback, respond to the work of their peers in a thoughtful and positive manner, and to revise their own work. They learn that their writing is important and valuable.

Poetry: Students are introduced to poetry through music. They may try their hand at writing poems by responding to objects from my Poetry Bag, or by writing poems modeled on great poetry by known authors.”

MUSIC

Susan Grace

Songwriting, Storytelling/Family Stories

Age Levels: All Ages

Phone: (907) 479-0780 Email: blackdog@ptialaska.net Website: SusanGraceAlaska.com

“I love playing with music and dancing, words and stories with children of all ages. For over 30 years I have been sharing a wonderful mix of entertainment and education with children and youth. Through songwriting, storytelling, and dancing I enjoy planting positive seeds and taking my audience on an adventure of new ideas, while having fun and learning.”

 

Jill Ann Hills

Vocal/General Music, American music, Musical theatre

Age Levels:  All Ages K-12

Phone:  (908) 608-7323 E-mail:  jillann.hills@yahoo.com

“Every child is capable of creating and experiencing music. My music program focuses specifically on American musical genres, as I feel it’s so important for children to experience the musical culture that is unique to the United States.  The program can be modified to suit students at any level of learning, grades K-12, and can include folk songs and musical children’s games, Broadway, Blues, Jazz, or the fundamentals of Rock and Roll music (or a combination of a few of these styles).  Each of these programs includes a performance component that can be something as simple a classroom presentation or as complex as a school-wide performance. I have over 15 years of teaching experience as a public and private music educator working with all ages. I am passionate about music learning and look forward to working with the students at your school.”

 

THEATRE/MIME/PUPPETRY

Silvia Däumichen

Drama, Musical Theatre, Opera, Pantomime, German Language

Age Levels: All ages

Other Considerations: Large space to work in, art materials, piano or keyboard, and teachers/assistants. Could work with 15 to 40 kids, depending on how many assistants are available.

Phone: (907) 799-2887 E-mail: baudler@hotmail.com  

“Classes involve improvisation, pantomime, movement, breathing, vocalization and the production of a play. It is possible to work with a musical play; in that case, there will be musical instruction, such as voice and instrumental lessons and dancing. Groups at your school such as orchestra, band, dance or choir can also be involved. I find it especially rewarding to see children improve in their skills, do better than ever at performance time and then be very proud of themselves and their accomplishments. A drama class helps develop and practice reading skills, social skills, teamwork and public speaking.”

 

Carey Seward

Playwriting, Directing, Acting, Choreography

Age Levels: All ages for Acting, 5th grade and up for Playwriting
Other Considerations: Space for rehearsal and prefers if students can perform by choice

Phone: (907) 347-3637         E-mail: sewardsfollies@gmail.com

 

“As an independent theatre artist, I work at all kinds of different jobs, from backstage crew for rock concerts, to producing other people’s events, to writing plays. I feel it’s really important for Alaskan  kids to see that you can have a career in the arts, especially in theatre, right here at home. I enjoy sharing my working knowledge of those career options. I can teach the kids the basics of playwriting, from developing a plot to creating believable characters. I can also produce short plays with the kids, from making sets and costumes to performing for the school.”

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