About Rachel

Rachel Potter is a multifaceted artist. She enjoys painting and drawing with an assortment of mediums: pen, ink, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic, casein and oil. In addition Rachel owns a children’s clothing company, called Baby Bird Designs, where she utilizes her interest in sewing to design wearable art with her creative applique work. She is also a writer, poet and graphic designer.

Rachel received a BA in Fine Art and Creative Writing from Linfield College in McMinnville, OR. Her resume also includes a Post-Baccalaureate in Painting from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an AA from the Art Institute of Portland in Graphic Design.

Rachel’s art has been shown in gallery showings around Minnesota, Oregon and Washington. Currently, she is working as a visual artist, as well as, working part time as a graphic designer for a local business and as a writer/gallery assistant for a gallery in Bellingham, WA. As a working artist, Rachel hopes to inspire children to explore their creativity and broaden their artistic horizons.

Teaching Experience

Rachel has five plus years experience teaching art in Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. These classes include after school art classes, private art classes and summer programs, including creating lesson plans. She taught preschool and elementary school art and at Bel Red Bilingual Academy in Redmond, WA and helped with the art docent program at an elementary school in Woodinville, WA for two years.

Teaching Philosophy

Rachel believes children are naturally creative. Encouraging their intrinsic artistic nature drives Rachel to teach. Children can grow from example and clear guidelines. What better way to learn than by example of famous historical artists? Artists that have withstood the test of time have something to say that has touched on human emotion. The quest to find what is meaningful in a piece of artwork can be taught to children at an early age.

Rachel intends to teach art history and art history based creative projects in a fun, memorable way for children with her famous artists lesson plans. Connecting children to the works of selected artists showing what the artists have done noteworthy, that has helped our society grow, is important. Learning Insight about the way they perceive their world and hopefully they will learn to channel their emotions into their art. My goal is to teach children a creative way to express their emotions.

Lesson Plans

3 Hour Lesson Plans (For Grades 1-5)

Artists and Styles: Students will become familiar with prominent art figures and their unique styles. Students will engage in a dialogue of the works of famous artists and be asked to use methods the artists used in creations of their own.

Surreal Paint Blots: Students will create new drawings out of randomly splattered ink spots. Let a blot of paint fall randomly onto a piece of paper, fold the paper in half and open it back up. A new shape will be formed. Let dry. Lesson about Surrealism will be given at this point.

Collage with Mattise: Focused on Henri Mattise and his later work – collage! To create a complete picture through the use of cut shapes. The use of bright and “wild” colors will also be investigated to install the knowledge of Fauvism.