Artist Directory 2013-2014

All artists listed on this site are local and have participated 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 will be going through this training in the spring of 2013 and more qualified teaching artists will be available for residencies. 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 907. 269.6682. 

CERAMICS/GLASS

Debbie Matthews*
Fused Glass, Mosaic, Torch Beads, Stained Glass  Phone: (907) 474-3923 debbie@expressionsinglass.net
Age Levels: All Ages
Other Considerations: Needs art room or area to get messy, needs electricity.

“I’ve worked with glass in many forms my whole life from large Stained glass windows to suncatchers, 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.”

Doris Pfalmer*
Pottery

phone: (907)474-3686 e-mail: dopfapfo@gmail.com
Age Levels: K through 8th grade
Other Considerations: Access to a kiln helpful

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 though 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
Phone:(907) 378-0966 e-mail: claytree@hotmail.com
Age Levels: All
Any special considerations: Access to a kiln

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.“

Stefani Smith*
Clay in Sculptural, Functional, Mural and Mosaic Forms
Phone: (907) 452-1733 email: steffi_rufus@yahoo.com
Age Levels: All
Other Considerations: None

I primarily work with clay in sculptural, functional, mural and mosaic forms. Art is an important avenue for kids of all ages to express and articulate themselves. I believe clay is a great material in exposing kids to the endless opportunities the creative process provides. From making hand-built pieces, to larger scale sculptures, to a colorful mosaic, or a collaborative tiled mural; clay allows kids to realize the potential of their ideas and imagination.”

CRAFTS

Peggy Birkenbuel*
Paper Crafts, Collage
phone: (907) 452-4095
Age Levels: All ages

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
e-mail: scole@ak.net
Age Levels: All ages
Other Considerations: Tables and a sink necessary

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
Phone: (907)699-2109 e-mail: jesse.hensel@gmail.com Website: www.jessehensel.com
Age Levels: All ages

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.”

Tanya Mendelowitz*
Collage, Printmaking, Paper Arts, Handmade Books
Phone: (907) 479-9462 e-mail: tmendelowitz@gmail.com Website: http://www.winddogpress.com
Age Levels: K-8

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.”

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
phone: (907) 479-2323            e-mail: felimar07@gci.net website: www.HotSaborCubanoDance.com Age Levels: 12-18

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.”

Lucy Lorenz*
Line, Folk and Square dance
Phone: (907) 457-2592 e-mail: lucydl59@gmail.com
Age Levels: K-6th grades
Other Considerations: Works with PE and Music teachers, needs the gym for dance

“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
Phone: (907) 479-0780 email: Blackdog@ptialaska.net Website: SusanGraceAlaska.com
Age Levels: All Ages

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
Collage, Printmaking, Paper Arts, Handmade Books
Phone: (907) 479-9462 e-mail: tmendelowitz@gmail.com Website: http://www.winddogpress.com
Age Levels: K-8

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
Phone: (907) 479-4712 e-mail: linda.pfisterer@gmail.com
Age Levels: All Ages

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
Phone: (907) 474-4927 e-mail: lindaschandelmeier@gmail.com
Age Levels: K-8

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.”

Isaac Paris
Comics,  Zines
907-347-9274           email: strangecharm99@gmail.com
website:        isaacparis.wordpress.com
Age levels 4-8 preferred, available for all.

“I began performing at a young age and I can help kids develop their own voice. I can introduce new ways for students to express themselves they may have never seen. Improv teaches diction, projection, confidence, co-operation, listening, comprehension. Through comics, students will carry a project from concept to finished product through storyboarding, penciling, inking, coloring and lettering. Writing skills and illustration are utilized in making comics, which are being recognized as a powerful tool to encourage reluctant readers, and can lead to filmmaking. I can be a constructive critic for editing and revision. I believe Media Literacy is important today, we will create mock advertisements that demonstrate that students understand the psychology of ads.  As students are exposed to more ads than ever through media and the internet, it’s of vital importance that students are media literate. I can lecture about the ways advertisers manipulate their audience. Satire is an appropriate tool to fight corporate propaganda, and with creativity and irony we can point out the hypocrisy and lies of modern advertisements, and, I hope, resist manipulation. Be the media!”

MEDIA/TECHNOLOGY ARTS/PHOTOGRAPHY

Adam Ottavi*
Traditional and Digital Photography 
http://adamottavi.com
adamottavi.wordpress.com
Age Levels:All ages

Edward

‘Edward’ by Adam Ottavi

“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.”

Mareca Guthrie*
Animation (Hand Drawn and Claymation)
(907) 479-6034 e-mail: marecaguthrie@yahoo.com
Age Levels:All ages

Nearly all students love animation. There is something magical about watching something you have made and worked hard on, spring to life. I am particularly excited about combining animation with other subjects such as math and science. I recently received my MFA in Los Angeles, where I taught art in inner city schools and now am studying to get my K-12 Art teacher certification at UAF.”

Doris Pfalmer*
Digital Photography
phone: (907)474-3686 email: dopfapfo@gmail.com
Age Levels: 6th-8th grades only

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
Phone: (907) 479-4712 e-mail: linda.pfisterer@gmail.com
Age Levels: Third Grade and up

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.”

MUSIC

Susan Grace*
Songwriting, Storytelling/Family Stories
Phone: (907) 479-0780 email: Blackdog@ptialaska.net Website: SusanGraceAlaska.com
Age Levels: All Ages

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.”

THEATRE/MIME/PUPPETRY

Silvia Däumichen*
Drama, Musical Theatre, Opera, Pantomime, German Language
phone: (907) 799-2887e-mail: baudler@hotmail.com
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.

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.”

Steve Mitchell*
Playwriting, Audition Process, Set Design, Costume Design, Special Effects, Alaskan Historical Drama
Phone: (907) 978-0166 or (907) 456-2692 e-mail:swmitchell@gci.net
Age Levels: All ages
Other Considerations: None

I believe the art and craft of theatre are best illuminated and explored through the deliberate, hands-on process of putting a production together. Whether the goal is to tell a story, explore human experience, or to simply entertain, I approach each project as a puzzle that must be assembled with respect to its author’s vision, intent and relevance for today’s audience. I am not a big proponent of theatrical games or exercises.(Although I certainly respect their value.) Within the limited time frame available to stage and rehearse a production, I think it is more productive to engage students with goal-oriented tasks wherein they explore their own creative potential utilizing limited and simple materials and resources to create sets, costumes and special effects. The audition process is approached through the study and selection of classic poems, or quite possibly, works of their own composition, allowing each student the opportunity to choose his or her own piece. The often times intimidating issue of memory work is addressed with practical techniques that facilitate success. While my experience encompasses a broad range of American and World Theatre, my Master’s degree concentration was ‘Alaskan Historical Drama’. The rich history of Alaska, including Native myth and folklore, yields countless opportunities for dramatic interpretation.”

Carey Seward*
Playwriting, Directing, Acting, Choreography
phone: (360) 3492725         e-mail: sewardsfollies@gmail.com
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

“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.”

 

 

 

TRADITIONAL/FOLK/NATIVE ARTS

Sue Cole*
Paper Arts, Marbling, Collage, Simple Bookbinding, Needlework
phone: (907) 456-3635    e-mail: scole@ak.net
Age Levels: All ages
Other Considerations: Tables and a sink necessary

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.”

VISUAL ARTS

Iris Sutton*
Drawing, Painting, Working with Color
(907)455-4270
Age Levels: All Ages

http://icewedgeart.wordpress.com/

Iris Photo with Mammoth 2012 sm

Artist Iris Sutton with her ‘Mammoth’ painting

“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. “

Peggy Birkenbuel*
Paper Crafts & Collage
(907) 452-4095
Age Levels: All ages

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*
Watercolor, Acrylic, Birch Trees Project (Watercolor)
phone: (907) 456-3635    e-mail: scole@ak.net
Age Levels: All ages
Other Considerations: Tables and a sink necessary

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.”

Mareca Guthrie*
Animation (Hand Drawn and Claymation), Drawing, Painting, Mural Projects
(907) 479-6034 e-mail: marecaguthrie@yahoo.com
Age Levels:All ages

Nearly all students love animation. There is something magical about watching something you have made and worked hard on spring to life. I am particularly excited about combining animation with other subjects such as math and science. I recently received my MFA in Los Angeles, where I taught art in inner city schools and now am studying to get my K12 Art teacher certification at UAF.”

Drawing is a wonderful way to teach a student how to truly SEE. My teaching focuses on drawing from observation and I find it a particularly nice complement to teaching the natural sciences (anatomy/entomology/botany). I particularly enjoy teaching painting along with the science of color theory and the biology of how the human eye sees color.

Children love to paint murals. It is a great way to process and visually display knowledge learned from other subjects. I particularly enjoy working with children to make historical time-line murals. I find it is one of the best ways for them to gain a larger perspective of history and remember where all the pieces fit in.

Jesse Hensel*
Painting
Phone: (907) 699-2109 e-mail: jesse.hensel@gmail.com Website: www.jessehensel.com
Age Levels: All ages

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.”

Linda Pfisterer*
Illustrating your Writing, Watercolor Painting
Phone: (907) 479-4712 e-mail: linda.pfisterer@gmail.com
Age Levels: All Ages

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.”

Sheryl Maree Reily*
Mixed media — a smorgasbord
Phone: (907) 479-0014 email: sheryl@straydogs.us
Age levels: 4-12 grades

“When Plato said, “necessity is the mother of invention” he probably wasn’t thinking about recycling. In the 21st century the availability of exciting new materials and the need to deal with waste has spawned an explosion of creative inventiveness in the mixed media genre of visual arts. Life is layered and complex, fertile ground for the mixed media artist – and in keeping with the philosophy of life in the Last Frontier where nothing is tossed because you never know when you might need it!

Working with a variety of recycled materials challenges students to problem solve, to ponder concepts such as deconstruction, found object versus junk, rehabilitation and reinvention, behaviors such as collecting & hoarding, and the opportunity for creative exploration given the everyday resources at their disposal. Students will survey cultures which incorporate recycling into folk art, become knowledgeable about local and national artists working with recycled materials. Above all else students will be challenged to test their own resourcefulness when it comes to creating art in new and interesting ways.”

Teresa Shannon*
Tile, Murals and Mosaics;
Phone: (907) 378-0966 e-mail: claytree@hotmail.com
Age Levels: All
Any special considerations: Access to a kiln

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.“

Sara Tabbert*
Printmaking, Drawing, Mosaics
phone: (907) 479-0456 e-mail: sara@saratabbert.com website: www.saratabbert.com
Age Levels: Early Childhood, Kindergarten, Elementary

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 (perhaps even permanent additions to their schools).”

* Denotes Completed Teaching Artist Training and Certification as of September 2012

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