Teaching Artist Directory

Artists in Schools Program

Download complete FACE Handbook here: 2016-17 FACE Handbook
The 2017-18 FACE Handbook will be available at the end of September 2017. To see a current list of teaching artists, please refer to the list below.

All artists listed in the 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

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.”

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.”

Nicole Dunham
Printmaking, Painting
Age Levels: All ages
Phone: (907) 978-3045   E-mail: leafstonesky@gmail.com

“Printmaking and painting are adaptable to all ages. With young students I would introduce projectscentered around linocuts with wood or linoleum, collagraphs, gelli printing, and leaf printing. With older students, we could do intaglio, reduction woodcuts, and silkscreen. My projects would center around observation of natural objects or landscapes (both macro and micro), and encouraging a sense of place through experience with what surrounds us. I have Bachelor’s degrees in both Art and Natural Resources. I can relate knowledge in botany, natural resources, agriculture, and biology to art to make connections into science and other subjects. Projects could be a unique art experience or related to curriculum and current lessons.”

Alyssa Enriquez
Murals, Photography
Age Levels: All ages
Phone: (907) 434-1027   E-mail: aenriquezphoto@gmail.com
Website: www.alyssaenriquez.com

“I currently spend my time in Fairbanks and Nome, Alaska. My adventurous spirit brought me to the last frontier in 2012 where I am first and foremost a photographer who takes interest in social and environmental awareness. Though I enjoy working with students to complete murals and other collaborative projects. I am open to working with all age groups, incorporating STEAM subjects and bringing the joy of creating art into the classroom.

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.”

Hillary King
Painting, Drawing
Age Levels: 1st-8th grades
Phone: (952) 913-1550   Email: hillaryking7@gmail.com
Website: http://www.hillaryking.com

“I am passionate about empowering students to observe and process the world around them through art. Primarily a mixed-media painter, I am inspired by biology and human nature. I am very interested in interdisciplinary learning, and would enjoy incorporating STEAM elements into any residency. Working with unique themes or applying what the students are learning at the time, we will explore color theory, pattern, composition and more through drawing, painting, papercrafts and more!”

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.”

Mary Baarlaer Maisch
BookArts, Quilting, Puppet-making, Printmaking, 3D Dioramas
Age Levels: K-6th grades
Phone: (907) 687-9765   E-mail: maisch@acsalaska.net

“I am eager to help students discover the satisfaction that comes from holding a book
that they have made themselves. There are many creative bookmaking processes available and appropriate for the skill levels of all elementary students. I am also interested in helping students make puppets, quilts, or large 3-dimensional dioramas that bring stories, science, or history to life. As a teacher and artist in the Fairbanks community for the past 25 years I have been privileged to observe the development of skills, creativity, and enthusiasm that come with hands-on experiences in the arts.”

Dori Nix
Photography, Bookmaking, Paper Arts, Printmaking
Age Levels: All ages
Phone: (770) 307-8424   Email: dori@dorielizabethnix.com
Website: dorielizabethnix.com

“As a practicing artist my primary art form is digital photography. More recently I have been expanding my art practice to incorporate papermaking, bookmaking and printmaking. I have Bachelor’s degrees in both Studio Art and Art History so I have a great love for working in all mediums and integrating the historical concepts of each art form. My personal mission is to identify, educate and create community through art. For that reason, in the classroom I am always striving to guide students in discovering their identities and provide sources for exploring new avenues in expressing themselves and their passions through the arts. Whether it be photography, papermaking, woodblock and linoleum carving or creating a handmade book, my lessons can be geared to all ages and strive to incorporate STEAM subjects and applicable curriculum.”

Laura Nutter
Drawing, Painting, Murals with emphasis on recycled materials
Age Levels: All ages
Phone: (907) 687-4862   E-mail: snxfan123@gmail.com

“I have been an AIS resident artist for 9 years now, successfully implementing a number of projects with students of all ages in our school district.

I am comfortable with a variety of mediums, and have created murals with paint as well as mosaic. I have also worked in recycled material, printmaking, drawing, silk screening, and watercolor with my students. My strength is designing a unique experience for each new body of students I meet, and I enjoy the challenge of this. I want to let kids experience art in an “apprenticeship” format rather than milling them through a project with identical results to other students or previous projects. As a former recipient of the Interior Mayors’ Youth Arts Advocacy Award, I hope to continue creating fun and exploratory residencies in our schools.”

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
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“I am a certified art teacher with a wealth of experience working with students of all ages and from diverse backgrounds. I have a Master of Education with a concentration in art education from Towson University in Maryland as well as a Master of Fine Arts from UAF. In my own practice I am a painter and printmaker and my current work explores the small details of the Alaskan landscape. As an art educator I am fluent in a wide range of media and am interested in designing projects to enhance curriculum. In addition to witnessing the pure joy that results from making art, I love to see the creative problem solving skills that emerge.”

Amy Reisland-Speer
Painting, Drawing, Murals
Age Levels: All ages
Phone: (907) 683-2590   E-mail: amysitsoo@yahoo.com
Website: 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:  7
th-12th grades
Phone:
(907) 378-6018   E-mail: jamienuggets@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 relevant to their community, and cultural perspectives. 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 Daily News-Miner and other publications. I also teach drawing courses as an adjunct in the UAF Fine Arts Department, and routinely 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: www.saratabbert.com

“I am primarily a printmaker, but also work with wood and other materials. For the last eight years I have conducted very successful mosaic residencies in communities across Alaska and recently added printmaking to my residency repertoire. I enjoy working with all ages and have good, adaptable projects for students K-12. Because I want to get to know your students in a meaningful way, I will no longer be conducting full-school residencies with large elementary schools. If your school is significantly larger than 200 students we will need to identify a smaller contact group.”

Mary Ver Hoef
Mixed media collage on tiles, Birch bark weaving, Land art and drawing
Age Levels: All ages
Phone: (907) 456-4321   E-mail: mary@maryverhoef.com
Website: www.maryverhoef.com

“My goal is to foster confidence and wonder within each person through the creative process. I offer art projects with map and paper collage on tiles (as coasters for individual students or a mounted installation) that are great for students of all ages. I also teach birch bark weaving workshops for smaller groups, 6th grade and older. These 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. My teaching and gardening experience allows me to relate the art themes to school gardens, science and math curriculum, and include non-fiction reading extension projects. I am flexible and happy to work with each school designing an art residency that fit their needs.”

Anvil Catlin Williamson
Ceramic Animal Sculpture, Chiaroscuro Charcoal Drawing, Collage, Calligraphy
Age Levels: 4th-12th grade
Phone: (907) 699-6019   E-mail: anvilceramics@gmail.com
Website: www.anvilcatlin.com

“I am a ceramic sculptor but also work with charcoal and mixed media. My style is based in realism with narrative elements. I am passionate about helping others discover their own individual creativity through artmaking. I emphasize artmaking as a series of choices and encourage utilizing everyday objects as tools with minimal waste. I offer projects that comply with corresponding curriculum standards and easily connect to current areas of study. All students will learn to plan, apply the principles design and critically analyze their work.”

THREE-DIMENSIONAL ARTS

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, 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.”

Mary Baarlaer Maisch
Book Arts, Quilting, Puppetmaking, Printmaking, 3-D Dioramas
Age Levels: K-6th grades
Phone:
(907) 687-9765   E-mail: maisch@acsalaska.net

“I am eager to help students discover the satisfaction that comes from holding a book that they have made themselves. There are many creative bookmaking processes available and appropriate for the skill levels of all elementary students. I am also interested in helping students make puppets, quilts, or large 3-dimensional dioramas that bring stories, science, or history to life. As a teacher and artist in the Fairbanks community for the past 25 years I have been privileged to observe the development of skills, creativity, and enthusiasm that come with hands-on experiences in the arts.”

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
Drawing, Painting, Murals with emphasis on recycled materials
Age Levels: All ages
Phone: (907) 687-4862   E-mail: snxfan123@gmail.com

“I have been an AIS resident artist for 9 years now, successfully implementing a number of projects with students of all ages in our school district.

I am comfortable with a variety of mediums, and have created murals with paint as well as mosaic. I have also worked in recycled material, printmaking, drawing, silk screening, and watercolor with my students. My strength is designing a unique experience for each new body of students I meet, and I enjoy the challenge of this. I want to let kids experience art in an “apprenticeship” format rather than milling them through a project with identical results to other students or previous projects. As a former recipient of the Interior Mayors’ Youth Arts Advocacy Award, I hope to continue creating fun and exploratory residencies in our schools.”

Doris Pfalmer
Pottery
Age Levels: K-8th grades
Other Considerations: Access to a kiln helpful
Phone: (760) 547-6934   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.”

Mary Ver Hoef
Mixed media collage on tiles, Birch bark weaving, Land art and drawing
Age Levels: All ages
Phone: (907) 456-4321   E-mail: mary@maryverhoef.com
Website: www.maryverhoef.com

“My goal is to foster confidence and wonder within each person through the creative process. I offer art projects with map and paper collage on tiles (as coasters for individual students or a mounted installation) that are great for students of all ages. I also teach birch bark weaving workshops for smaller groups, 6th grade and older. These 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. My teaching and gardening experience allows me to relate the art themes to school gardens, science and math curriculum, and include non-fiction reading extension projects. I am flexible and happy to work with each school designing an art residency that fit their needs.”

Anvil Catlin Williamson
Ceramic Animal Sculpture, Chiaroscuro Charcoal Drawing, Collage, Calligraphy
Age Levels: 4th-12th grade
Phone: (907) 699-6019   E-mail: anvilceramics@gmail.com
Website: www.anvilcatlin.com

“I am a ceramic sculptor but also work with charcoal and mixed media. My style is based in realism with narrative elements. I am passionate about helping others discover their own individual creativity through artmaking. I emphasize artmaking as a series of choices and encourage utilizing everyday objects as tools with minimal waste. I offer projects that comply with corresponding curriculum standards and easily connect to current areas of study. All students will learn to plan, apply the principles design and critically analyze their work.”

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.”

Amy Jane Helmericks
Storytelling, Storybuilding
Age Levels: 4th-12th grades
Phone:
(907) 750-2419   E-mail: Amy@UntanglingTales.com
Other Considerations: Types of games and projects will be dependent on available space and art supplies.

“Storycraft is the art and practice of working with stories. I begin with examples and class participation before we break into small groups for projects and activities with more individualized focus. We have two distinct areas of exploration to choose from:

Storytelling:
Students begin with old tales, allowing them to focus on the process of learning and telling, exploring the roles that vocal variety and body language play in communication. Sessions involve games and activities designed to encourage movement and remember lines.

Storybuilding:
Here our focus is on taking a string of action and/or discovery and polishing it into a short story or an outline for a longer form, suitable for telling or writing. Sessions include crafts that function as story prompts and practice of various story structures.”

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.”

Mary Baarlaer Maisch
Book Arts, Quilting, Puppetmaking, Printmaking, 3-D Dioramas
Age Levels: K-6th grades
Phone:
(907) 687-9765   E-mail: maisch@acsalaska.net

“I am eager to help students discover the satisfaction that comes from holding a book that they have made themselves. There are many creative bookmaking processes available and appropriate for the skill levels of all elementary students. I am also interested in helping students make puppets, quilts, or large 3-dimensional dioramas that bring stories, science, or history to life. As a teacher and artist in the Fairbanks community for the past 25 years I have been privileged to observe the development of skills, creativity, and enthusiasm that come with hands-on experiences in the arts.”

Dori Nix
Photography, Bookmaking, Paper Arts, Printmaking
Age Levels: All ages
Phone: (770) 307-8424   Email:   dori@dorielizabethnix.com
Website: dorielizabethnix.com

“As a practicing artist my primary art form is digital photography. More recently I have been expanding my art practice to incorporate papermaking, bookmaking and printmaking. I have Bachelor’s degrees in both Studio Art and Art History so I have a great love for working in all mediums and integrating the historical concepts of each art form. My personal mission is to identify, educate and create community through art. For that reason, in the classroom I am always striving to guide students in discovering their identities and provide sources for exploring new avenues in expressing themselves and their passions through the arts. Whether it be photography, papermaking, woodblock and linoleum carving or creating a handmade book, my lessons can be geared to all ages and strive to incorporate STEAM subjects and applicable curriculum.”

Mary Ver Hoef
Mixed media collage on tiles, Birch bark weaving, Land art and drawing
Age Levels: All ages
Phone: (907) 456-4321   E-mail: mary@maryverhoef.com
Website: www.maryverhoef.com

“My goal is to foster confidence and wonder within each person through the creative process. I offer art projects with map and paper collage on tiles (as coasters for individual students or a mounted installation) that are great for students of all ages. I also teach birch bark weaving workshops for smaller groups, 6th grade and older. These 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. My teaching and gardening experience allows me to relate the art themes to school gardens, science and math curriculum, and include non-fiction reading extension projects. I am flexible and happy to work with each school designing an art residency that fit their needs.”

MEDIA/TECHNOLOGY ARTS/PHOTOGRAPHY

Alyssa Enriquez
Murals, Photography
Age Levels: All ages
Phone: (907) 434-1027   E-mail: aenriquezphoto@gmail.com
Website: www.alyssaenriquez.com

“I currently spend my time in Fairbanks and Nome, Alaska. My adventurous spirit brought me to the last frontier in 2012 where I am first and foremost a photographer who takes interest in social and environmental awareness. Though I enjoy working with students to complete murals and other collaborative projects. I am open to working with all age groups, incorporating STEAM subjects and bringing the joy of creating art into the classroom.

Alex Gagne-Hawes
Theatre, Dance, Broadcast Journalism
Age Levels: 7th–12th grades
Phone: (503) 951-8816   Email: gagnehawes@gmail.com

“I specialize in performance-based movement, theatrical production, and creating original broadcast and print content. Past projects include recorded radio dramas, edited films, journalism, live performance, and improvisation. I am especially interested in facilitating teacher-directed school productions and pioneering original curriculum-centered performance pieces. I am eager to tailor technical possibilities to your students’ interests, whether using existing in-school video and stage infrastructure, distributing content over private and global online platforms, or some other specialized solution. I am also interested in using improvisation to teach positive expression and imaginatively explore ancient texts and worlds.”

Dori Nix
Photography, Bookmaking, Paper Arts, Printmaking
Age Levels: All ages
Phone: (770) 307-8424   Email:   dori@dorielizabethnix.com
Website: dorielizabethnix.com

“As a practicing artist my primary art form is digital photography. More recently I have been expanding my art practice to incorporate papermaking, bookmaking and printmaking. I have Bachelor’s degrees in both Studio Art and Art History so I have a great love for working in all mediums and integrating the historical concepts of each art form. My personal mission is to identify, educate and create community through art. For that reason, in the classroom I am always striving to guide students in discovering their identities and provide sources for exploring new avenues in expressing themselves and their passions through the arts. Whether it be photography, papermaking, woodblock and linoleum carving or creating a handmade book, my lessons can be geared to all ages and strive to incorporate STEAM subjects and applicable curriculum.”

Doris Pfalmer
Digital Photography
Age Levels: 6th-8th grades only
Phone: (760) 547-6934   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: 3rd 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.”

Teal Rogers
Graphic Design, Layout and Social Media Concepts
Age Levels: 10th-12th grades
Other considerations: MAC Computers operating on Lion or newer, Adobe Suite CS5 or newer installed on to each device. Suggested Wacom/Bamboo tablets.
Phone: (907) 699-8522   Email: teal@goldenheart.com

“Explore the world of color concepts, layouts (great for yearbooks), illustrations and social media content that are applicable to any art form. I started my graphic design skills when we first installed a (giant) PC into our household around 1995. My father enjoyed making custom cards and Adobe Photoshop happened to be on our computer. Since that experience, I grew my skills to become Editor of the West Valley High School 2010 Yearbook. My graphic skills blossomed while working at Interior Graphics and Printing after receiving my Degree in English from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.”

DANCE/CREATIVE MOVEMENT

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 grades
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.”

Alex Gagne-Hawes
Theatre, Dance, Broadcast Journalism
Age Levels: 7th–12th grades
Phone: (503) 951-8816   Email: gagnehawes@gmail.com

“I specialize in performance-based movement, theatrical production, and creating original broadcast and print content. Past projects include recorded radio dramas, edited films, journalism, live performance, and improvisation. I am especially interested in facilitating teacher-directed school productions and pioneering original curriculum-centered performance pieces. I am eager to tailor technical possibilities to your students’ interests, whether using existing in-school video and stage infrastructure, distributing content over private and global online platforms, or some other specialized solution. I am also interested in using improvisation to teach positive expression and imaginatively explore ancient texts and worlds.”

Madeline Hunter
Creative Movement
Age Levels: K-4th grades
Phone: (907) 799-5267   Email: hunter_madeline@yahoo.com

“I discovered my love for dance when I was four, and I haven’t been able to stop dancing since. My goal is to help children experience the wonder of dance through their own unique interpretation of movement. In class, I provide a basic framework that introduces new concepts while allowing the children to explore. Creative movement is a great introduction to dance fundamentals that involves improvement of gross motor skills, better spatial awareness, learning and creating choreography, and much more.”

Kendell Macomber
Hip Hop, Breakdancing, Step, Tap, Jazz, Waltz, Foxtrot, Bachata, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Cha-Cha
Age Levels:  1st-12th grades
Phone: (907) 371-3873   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.”

Elizabeth Parr
Creative Dance, Dance Integration, Ballet, Jazz
Age Levels: K-12th grades
Phone: (206) 954-4929   Email: elizabethmparr@gmail.com
Website: www.elizabethmparr.com

I have been teaching ballet, jazz, and creative dance to students ages 4 to adult for the last eight years. I love to share the joy of movement, creativity, and discovery with people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. My priorities as a teacher are to create a safe, fun, and nurturing learning environment, to cultivate critical thinking and exploration, and most importantly, to instill a lifelong love of dance. I enjoy crafting lessons in coordination with the subjects students are studying in their academic classes. I look forward to collaborating with classroom teachers to explore curriculum with dance.

Teal Rogers
Aerial Silks
Age Levels: 2nd-12th grade
Other considerations: 16’+ ceilings with open truss or eyelet hooks rated to 24kN, max of 8 rigging spots. Rigging spots to match the number of crash mats (minimum of 3” thick). Students must wear fitted athletic clothing. No zippers, buttons or jewelry. Maximum of 8 students per 20-60 minute session.
Phone: (907) 699-8522   Email: teal@goldenheart.com
Website: www.GoldenHeartAK.com

“Explore the world of movement arts in the AIR! I have been instructing and performing aerial arts in Alaska since 2012. Classes work on an X, Y and Z plane as students learn the basic concepts of aerial silks and progress into a more dynamic art form incorporating flow and control. Beginners are welcome, as I like to say, “There is a move for everybody, but not everybody can do every movement.” Let’s explore what your body is capable of doing; you might even surprise yourself! Students will learn to control muscle groups while stretching, flexing, flipping and climbing on fabrics.”

Teal Rogers
Aerial Yoga
Age Levels: 3rd-12th grade
Other considerations: 8-16’ ceilings with open truss or eyelet hooks rated to 20kN, max of 13 rigging spots. Rigging spots to match the number of yoga mats available. Students must wear fitted athletic clothing. No zippers, buttons or jewelry. Maximum of 30 students per 20-40 minute session.
Phone: (907) 699-8522   Email: teal@goldenheart.com
Website: www.GoldenHeartAK.com

“50-minutes (or less) mixed-level flow class linking movements and power postures with the breath and hammock. Aerial Yoga Flow fuses basic to advanced yoga poses with aerial hammocks to allow for a full body stretch that increases flexibility beyond what traditional yoga provides. Creative sequencing and transitions create opportunities to build strength, coordination and mental poise. Great for all levels – modifications and advanced cues will be given, so that students can practice to their personal edge. Unlike Aerial Silks, this movement is done in a yoga hammock suspended from the ceiling allowing for a slow and controlled practice.”

Teal Rogers
Butterfly Youth Yoga
Age Levels: K-3rd grade
Other considerations: Open floor space or outdoor venue. Yoga mats are not required but recommended, headset + speaker system.
Phone: (907) 699-8522   Email: teal@goldenheart.com
Website: www.GoldenHeartAK.com

“This is a science based yoga program for youth. Students will learn the life cycle of a butterfly, and then interrupt it through yoga postures and poses. This art is done in a butterfly wing cape (provided) and keeps the heart rate elevated. I have designed this program myself, as I love anything bright, colorful and fun!”

LITERARY

Ryan Bowers
Songwriting (including Music, Storytelling, Language Arts, Poetry, Writing Processes, Revision)
Age Levels: All ages (prefer 4th-8th grades)
Phone: (907) 388-9658   Email: rbowers@alumni.berklee.edu

“I have been playing music for about 15 years now, with over a dozen groups, and have been writing music for 10 years. I studied songwriting for 2 years at Berklee College of Music, and received a BA in Music from UAF. Music is my passion, and I love sharing the joy of music with students of all ages. Music can change someone’s life, and songwriting encourages creativity, focus, empathy, critical thinking, and self-expression. I teach students how to collect their own creative ideas as they arrive, how to develop those ideas into a full song, and how to polish that song into a finished form. I also try to expose students to methods for critical listening to songs, and to the writing of great songwriters, as well as learning about rhythms and rhymes. Through all of this, I aim to teach students that creativity is something within their grasp, and is not magic, but worthwhile and rewarding work, and very much worth doing.”

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.”

Amy Jane Helmericks
Storytelling, Storybuilding
Age Levels: 4th-12th grades
Phone:
(907) 750-2419   E-mail: Amy@UntanglingTales.com
Other Considerations: Types of games and projects will be dependent on available space and art supplies.

“Storycraft is the art and practice of working with stories. I begin with examples and class participation before we break into small groups for projects and activities with more individualized focus. We have two distinct areas of exploration to choose from:

Storytelling: Students begin with old tales, allowing them to focus on the process of learning and telling, exploring the roles that vocal variety and body language play in communication. Sessions involve games and activities designed to encourage movement and remember lines.

Storybuilding: Here our focus is on taking a string of action and/or discovery and polishing it into a short story or an outline for a longer form, suitable for telling or writing. Sessions include crafts that function as story prompts and practice of various story structures.”

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.”

Carolyn Stice
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction
Age Levels: All ages
Phone:
(505) 835-4180   E-mail: crstice@gmail.com

“I have spent the last ten years teaching writing to students from kindergarten to college level. My focus is helping reluctant students understand the power of writing as a vehicle for self-expression and as a way to enact positive change in our world. I place particular emphasis on helping students learn to read effectively as a way to accomplish their writing goals. The skills students practice in writing workshops can be utilized in many other disciplines, including science, math, and history. I try to appeal to multiple learning styles by incorporating movement, other arts, and hands-on activities into writing exercises. My lessons would be effective alone or when presented in conjunction with the work of another teaching artist. I am based in Fairbanks, AK, but I am also interested in travelling to other schools around the state.”

MUSIC

Ryan Bowers
Songwriting (including Music, Storytelling, Language Arts, Poetry, Writing Processes, Revision)
Age Levels: All ages (prefer 4th-8th grades)
Phone: (907) 388-9658   Email: rbowers@alumni.berklee.edu

“I have been playing music for about 15 years now, with over a dozen groups, and have been writing music for 10 years. I studied songwriting for 2 years at Berklee College of Music, and received a BA in Music from UAF. Music is my passion, and I love sharing the joy of music with students of all ages. Music can change someone’s life, and songwriting encourages creativity, focus, empathy, critical thinking, and self-expression. I teach students how to collect their own creative ideas as they arrive, how to develop those ideas into a full song, and how to polish that song into a finished form. I also try to expose students to methods for critical listening to songs, and to the writing of great songwriters, as well as learning about rhythms and rhymes. Through all of this, I aim to teach students that creativity is something within their grasp, and is not magic, but worthwhile and rewarding work, and very much worth doing.”

Diamond Fuller
Music: Performance
Age levels: All ages (preference Jr. & High School)
Phone: (907) 750-7444   Email: diamondfuller@hotmail.com
Website: diamondfullerdrums.com

“I love and enjoy teaching others about the wonderful world of music, and performance. For over 15 years I have been blessed to share my gift with others, and have over 20 years’ experience playing professionally. Through this amazing art form, I plan to encourage all who enter my musical realm. I plan on merging education and musical study, to bring like-minded pupils, as well those that have never done music, together. My students will learn to open their minds, and become artists in their own right. I will integrate many different styles and genres of music with each student. My goal is to bring out the artful side of every young person. While working with the students, I will distinctly stay within the curriculum and standards of each school.”

The adventures of music can become a great lifetime experience and achievement.” by Diamond Fuller

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.”

THEATRE/MIME/PUPPETRY

Alex Gagne-Hawes
Theatre, Dance, Broadcast Journalism
Age Levels: 7th–12th grades
Phone: (503) 951-8816   Email: gagnehawes@gmail.com

“I specialize in performance-based movement, theatrical production, and creating original broadcast and print content. Past projects include recorded radio dramas, edited films, journalism, live performance, and improvisation. I am especially interested in facilitating teacher-directed school productions and pioneering original curriculum-centered performance pieces. I am eager to tailor technical possibilities to your students’ interests, whether using existing in-school video and stage infrastructure, distributing content over private and global online platforms, or some other specialized solution. I am also interested in using improvisation to teach positive expression and imaginatively explore ancient texts and worlds.”

Amy Jane Helmericks
Storytelling, Storybuilding
Age Levels: 4th-12th grades
Phone:
(907) 750-2419   E-mail: Amy@UntanglingTales.com
Other Considerations: Types of games and projects will be dependent on available space and art supplies.

“Storycraft is the art and practice of working with stories. I begin with examples and class participation before we break into small groups for projects and activities with more individualized focus. We have two distinct areas of exploration to choose from:

Storytelling:
Students begin with old tales, allowing them to focus on the process of learning and telling, exploring the roles that vocal variety and body language play in communication. Sessions involve games and activities designed to encourage movement and remember lines.

Storybuilding:
Here our focus is on taking a string of action and/or discovery and polishing it into a short story or an outline for a longer form, suitable for telling or writing. Sessions include crafts that function as story prompts and practice of various story structures.”

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.”

AnnaKate Williams
Theatre
Age Levels: All ages
Other considerations: Performance space
Phone: (907) 232-9775   Email: annakate88@me.com

“I believe in the power of theatre in a young person’s life. Theatre has the ability to expose them to new experiences, cultivating responsibility and collaboration, and teaching them awareness of themselves and the world around them. I have been teaching theatre for 6 years, and have a passion for watching students grow as they discover their creativity. Skills learned in theatre are directly applicable, my lessons can be tied to state standards and material chosen to compliment what students are already learning.”

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