Jacquie Bresadola is a figurative sculptor using many media to express her love of the human form including stone, clay, mixed media, leather, and bronze. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida where she focused on figurative sculpture and stone carving. She also completed a two-year program at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture in Princeton, New Jersey where she learned all aspects of bronze casting.
Jacquie has been facilitating art classes with children for the past 20 years, 18 in the Seattle area. She and her family recently moved to Bellingham where she opened her art studio for kids, Pace` Atelier Art Studio. She has ongoing weekly classes for kids of all ages with an emphasis on 3-D media including: clay (hand building and potter’s wheel), plaster carving, stone carving, linoleum printing, paper making, drawing, painting, mixed media, papièr-mache, and more.
Jacquie loves to work with groups and even whole schools to create community art projects that bring everyone together with a common goal. She likes these projects because they create a framework for cooperation and problem solving through the execution of culminating activities with, of course, lots of fun!!!! The end results are fabulous but the emphasis is always on the process.
Jacquie was an Artist In Residence at the Seattle Children`s Museum and a festival participant at the Shoreline Arts Festival, Kenmore Good Ol` Days, Bumber Shoot, Folk Life Festival, the Middle East Peace Camp, and many more. With her guidance, fair participants co-created 6- to 10-foot sculptures from a variety of media: giant papièr-mache fish, clay murals, totem poles, large bugs, painted benches, funky furniture, a papièr-mache peace tree, and so many more.
Jacquie was awarded numerous grants for in-school projects through the Shoreline Arts Council and the Shoreline Foundation during the past 10 years. She has worked with hundreds of kids, co-creating large community projects housed at the various schools. “Trees of the World” was a four-year project involving 11 elementary schools. The Endangered Animal Series and “Pigs On Parade” also involved several schools over many years and many kids. Jacquie also works with parent-teacher programs on individual school projects.
Jacquie has a unique ability to connect to the inner artist in each child and help foster her/his artistic self by guiding them gently and individually so they may explore and develop art at their own pace. She gives students information as they are ready–ensuring that they absorb it–and encourages them to express themselves independently, with confidence and creativity.