About Mary On Leave 2020-2021
Mary has a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Studio Art from Western Washington University. She has spent 20 years working as a professional artist and has a large piece displayed at The Mount Baker Ski area. Her art is exhibited nationally at shows and in galleries and she is represented locally by the Chuckanut Gallery. Mary creates two- and three-dimensional art out of recycled materials. Her work is designed to honor diversity and to celebrate community. She has also worked with students in kindergarten through 8th grade in Bellingham public and private schools through grant-funded projects.
Mary teaches art to students ranging in age from kindergarten to adult. Her adult workshops include techniques of collage, copper, jewelry-making, and assemblage. She also trains parent volunteers and teachers within their school art programs.
In 2007, Mary received the Mayor’s Arts Award and the Nooksak Salmon Enhancement Award for “Noisy Waters” an all-school art project at Whatcom Middle School. She also received a Bellingham School Board award for the “We are All Under One Sun” copper art installation at Alderwood Elementary School in 2008.
Mary feels that collaborative thinking with students, parents, and teachers is the key to a successful experience. She celebrates diversity, working individually, and coming together as a group to create art. She especially likes to work with projects that are for a specific school, space, and student body. Mary believes kids need to know that they play an important role within their community. She likes to use their ideas because they are amazing and it gets them to take ownership of the project.. She believes everyone has art to contribute.
Art is a chance to shine, to stretch your imagination and to discover hidden talents in everyone.
Lesson Plans for 2020-2021 School Year
I am an adaptive and flexible professional artist willing to provide art lessons that are collaborative with curriculum being taught to students. Because of the uncertainty of how and when art lessons might be used, I am not developing specific plans at this time.
I am happy to work with small groups of students, to work via Zoom, to coach or co-teach with teachers and to provide support in incorporating art concepts into lesson plans that already exist; or to create new projects. I am available for K through 8th grade and have my teaching certification for Washington state for K through 12th grade.
I am also an EMT and support and follow safe and healthy practices. I am happy to discuss ideas with teachers for their specific needs.