As anybody who knows me well will tell you, teaching is an important part of my art practice. After obtaining a BFA degree, I went on to get my California Teaching Credentials in Art, K through 12, then a Master's Degree in Art and a Ph.D. in Studio Art and Arts Administration (hoping that the terminal degree would enable me to teach in colleges and universities).
I've taught drawing at Ringling College of Art and Design; sculpture at Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City; Art Appreciation at Barry University in Tampa and, for the past fifteen years or so, I've taught painting in Eckerd College's Program for Experienced Learners and, on occasion, in the College's residential program. A few times a year I teach mixed media workshops in my studio (as well as, once in a while, at the Morean Arts Center where I've taught painting for over fifteen years) and, recently, I taught a mixed media retreat with Dr. Linn Sennott at Rainbow Rivers Center in Dunnellon, Florida.
When I'm in India in December, I plan to work with children in New Delhi and incorporate their art in my installation, to be shown at St Petersburg's Studio@620 next year. This will be similar to the way in which I incorporated the drawings of local teens (whom I taught as an artist in residence with Youth Art Corps ) into my installation, Sanctuary at Gallery 221, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, in 2014.
I'm still scanning slides! I moved on this week, from slides of my own art, to scanning slides of residencies. I was an Artist in Residence with the New Mexico Arts Division and with the Virginia Commission for the Arts, with VSA, New Mexico and Florida--with whom I still do residencies--and, for several years, with Youth Arts Corps in Pinellas County as well as Creative Clay's Creative Care, an arts in healthcare program, at Ronald MacDonald House, All Children's Hospital and St Anthony's Hospital, where I still teach art to patients. Then there were several short-term residencies, such as the one I did with Tampa's Children's Board a few years ago, illustrating the play, My Children! My Africa! by South African playwright, Athol Fugard, and the one I did last year at Hampshire College, Massachusetts, with students in the environmental studies program as well as art education students. The most recent was on Monday at St Petersburg's Museum of Fine Arts where, for the first time, I taught art to Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers through VSA, Florida. I'm including images here of a few of those hundreds of residencies. Sadly, some of the scanned images are grainy and have faded over time.
Meanwhile I made progress on the second panel of the mixed media diptych I've been working on for the past few weeks and, so far, I'm happy with the way it's turning out.
I also completed a drainage system in the area between my back deck and my studio which, during heavy rains, became a flood zone. It looks good--hopefully it will accomplish its purpose!