Teaching Artist Directory

Artists in Schools Program

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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: 4
th-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.”

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: http://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.

 

Joyce Kelso

Drawing, Painting
Age Levels: All ages
Phone:
(907) 460-0307   E-mail: adventures.north.alaska@gmail.com

“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.”

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.”

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
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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.”

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.”

Amy Reisland-Speer
Painting, Drawing, Murals
Age Levels: All ages
Phone: (907) 683-2590  E-mail: amysitsoo@yahoo.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!”

Shelby Sand
Mixed Media
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.”

Pam Seiser
Mosaics, painting, printmaking
Age Level: All ages
Phone: (907) 378-4878   Email: pamseiserak@gmail.com
“I engage children in learning experiences that exercise their imagination as well as their power of observation (focusing on emotion, color, lighting, and depth perception). Children will explore various styles and techniques of known artist; then experiment with these techniques to create unique images of their own. Celebration of the ordinary is another theme I use. Projects such as stenciling water bottles, printing on pillow covers, or tattooing Xtra Tuff boot provides a tangible link between the creative process and people’s everyday lives. I welcome any opportunity to tie art projects to science or history lessons.”

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 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.”

Karen Stomberg
Drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media/collage, bookmaking, collaborative murals, botanical illustration
Age Levels: K-12th grades
Phone:
(907) 590-2605   E-mail: karstomberg@gmail.com

“The heart of my artwork is usually inspired by nature. I am primarily a painter and printmaker but enjoy making books and collages using natural materials in conjunction with loosely painted papers and printmaking techniques with color. I do traditional botanical illustration and love to teach observational colored pencil drawing as well as looser painting with watercolor or acrylic. Art making has always been part of life for me. My curiosity, observations, learning experiences and travel become part of my work. In the same way, integrating writing, world culture or science with art is a natural part of my teaching practice. Providing students of all ages with opportunities to experience their creativity successfully in a school setting is a pleasure.
My teaching has encompassed making art with all ages in formal and informal settings. I taught visual art at FNSBSD for 25 years and arts education at UAF as an adjunct for 6 years.
Early planning with your school will enrich our residency. I have a lot of experience designing workshops for and with teachers, as well as making culminating events or projects with students.”

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
“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.”

 

Sandra Westcott
Zentangle®
Age Levels: 3rd-12th grades
Phone: (907) 460-2002   E-mail: Sandra@stillwinterstudio.com

“The Zentangle method is a fun, easy-to-learn way of creating beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It has been found to increase creativity, attention span and the ability to concentrate, improve hand-eye coordination, and promote a sense of well-being and artistic confidence. The Zentangle method meets National Art Core Standards and is an interdisciplinary tool that connects art and science. I have been a Certified Zentangle Teacher since 2010, teaching public and private workshops, teacher in-service and educator conferences in Fairbanks/North Pole, Anchorage and Santa Fe, NM. I have also exhibited my work in group and solo shows.”

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.”

Jeff Dean

Sculptor

Age Levels: 3 th -12th grades

Phone: (907) 299-4124 Email: jhdean@jeffreyhdean.com

“For over 35 years I have made sculptures from many different materials. During the 1980’s I did multiple AIS residencies in the Fairbanks area primary and secondary schools and have taught in different Alaska fine arts camps as well as in my studio. I’ve found clay to be a universal medium for teaching sculpture both in the round and in bas-relief. With younger children I use simple clay modeling lessons that give them experience following along with directions, help them develop planning skills, and learn basic clay modeling techniques. With older students, I use clay to teach both modeling and carving methods. The lessons help develop both tactile and visual observation skills as well as a sense of the form, texture, and character of their subjects. Many of these innovative exercises use my collection of beautiful natural objects as models. I provide teachers with handouts of these and other lessons which they can use to further build on these skills. As with most of my own schooling, the focus will be on developing the skills and sensitivities students need in order to sculpt rather than on creating finished pieces. Depending on our schedule, I can do a brief sculpting demonstration at the beginning of each class.”

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.”

Mary Baarlaer Maisch

Book Arts, Quilting, Puppetmaking, Printmaking, 3D Dioramas

Age Levels: K-6 th 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

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.”

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 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.

Sandra Westcott

Zentangle, Method of Drawing

Age Levels: 3th -12th grades

Phone: (907) 460-2002 E-mail: Sandra@stillwinterstudio.com

“The Zentangle Method is a fun, easy-to-learn way of creating beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It has been found to increase creativity, attention span and the ability to concentrate, improve hand-eye coordination, and promote a sense of wellbeing and artistic confidence. The Zentangle Method meets National Art Core Standards and is an interdisciplinary tool that connects art and science. I have been a Certified Zentangle Teacher since 2010, teaching public and private workshops, teacher in-service and educator conferences in Fairbanks/North Pole, Anchorage and Santa Fe, NM. I have also exhibited my work in group and solo shows.”

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.”

 

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.”

Carolyn Stice

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction

Age Levels: All ages

Phone: (907) 371-4734 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

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

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.”

Paul McKinley

Storytelling, Acting, Improvisation, Devised Theatre, Issue-Based Drama, Set Building, Puppetry

Age Levels: All ages

Other Considerations: Open space for rehearsal, ideally 15-30 students but can accommodate more with additional teachers/assistants

Phone: (517) 462-1336 E-mail: paulleemckinley@gmail.com

“I have been a K-12 teaching artist on small and large projects in London, Minneapolis, and Michigan, and believe that every child can effectively participate in and enjoy theatre. I am passionate about theatre arts and the role they play in developing student creativity, confidence, collaboration, and public speaking skills. Sessions will consist of theatre exercises and games, which can focus on issue-based drama (focusing on depression, respect, etc), popular stories from books or movies, scripted plays, collaborative student-made paper puppetry, or students devising their own theatrical piece. Final product can be a short sharing or a longer performance, but does not necessarily need to be performancebased.”

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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