Hi I'm Jess, Artist and Educator. I've dedicated my life to the arts and to being an advocate for arts in education. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Clemson University and my Master of Fine Arts Degree from Memphis College of Art in Memphis TN. After graduation, I went on to complete a three year program for Teacher Certification and became a certified art teacher. I've taught full time as the Lead art teacher at an Arts in Basic Curriculum School in Spartanburg County, worked part time in Anderson District 5 as an Elementary Art teacher, taught as an adjunct professor teaching foundations of art at Anderson University. I taught 2D Design, Painting I and Drawing I at Converse University in Spartanburg County. Currently and over the last 12 years I have worked as a visiting teaching artist across the state of SC to bring specialized projects into the classroom. I love my job!
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What I offer for Visiting Artist Residency:
Printmaking: I offer several different types of Printmaking Residencies.
1. Most Popular: Linoleum Cut (Grade Levels: 3rd grade and up) High School Option: Woodcut For extended residencies I can expand and show two color process. LINOCUT PRINT: Students create a sketch, transfer image to linoleum block and carve away the block to reveal an image. Project is finalized with the printing of an edition of prints: students print 5 copies of their artwork. Students can trade extra print with a friend. (optional) EXTRA OPTION: Students print on a tote or t-shirt
2. Popular: Monotype Print Workshop: (Grades 1st and up) Students ink a plate with different colors using a Brayer (roller) and then impress objects, fabrics, plants, etc. to create images. Students can also draw into the ink using different tools to create an image. Ink colors are layered for beautiful one of a kind prints. (One Full Day Workshop Available for this Art Process)
3. Collagraph Print: Students create a textured plate using a variety of materials and then print the plate to create beautiful textured images. I bring my small press for this project and students get to run their prints through the press! (Available as 3 to 5 day residency)
Pinhole Camera Photography
This residency is becoming very popular. Students Learn about the Pinhole Camera, its place in History, the science of Light, all about a dark room and how photo's are taken and developed the old fashioned way!
In this Residency Students Learn how to take a pinhole camera photo. First, they learn how the camera works. Second, they learn how to load and take photos with their own pinhole camera, third, they develop the photos they took in the dark room (a magical Process!) and Finally, they learn how to take the negative photo image they created and make it into a positive photo image! This residency is super fun for students to explore what is was like to take photos when camera's were first invented.
This residency is extensive and only offered as a full week experience. (Unless I'm with the same class for a full day) Click on Images Below for a Closer Look.
Modeling Clay Relief Paintings: One of my most popular residencies! This Project allows students to get creative and expressive with materials.
In this Residency, students learn all about relief sculpture and paintings. The difference between high and low relief, all about texture you can see and feel and don't forget color mixing! Students create beautiful works of art using modeling clay and model magic, they learn many different texturing techniques, techniques to build depth with the clay and are given the opportunity to embed objects/various materials into their artwork. These artworks always turn out stunning!
This residency is wonderful for cross curricular projects and integrates perfectly with many different science units. I've used this project in past Arts in Basic Curriculum projects to teach about ecosystems, Study space, and to depict different layers of the Earth's crust. See Photo's Below For Student Examples:
One Week Full Day Residency: Full Day can be with 1 to 5 classes. 1875. per week
3 Day Residency: 1150.
2 Day Workshop: 750.
1 Day Workshop: 400.
Travel Fee: Travel fee is added to any distance traveled that takes over 50 minutes. $20 Per Day traveled added to fee.