Teaching


3rd Grade Architecture Unit

I absolutely loved this Unit and I think it can be adapted to almost any grade level. I only wish I had more time with 3rd grade during my student teaching so we could have come up with more intricate houses. The unit is 4 (maybe 5) lessons long and introduces students to the idea […]

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The “Traveler” Photography Project

To start off the semester of Video I, I thought it was important to grasp the basic concepts of digital photography…because knowing those skills can also help you get better at shooting video as well. For this project I introduced the basics of photography and had groups go out to photograph a single object in […]

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Piano-Hinge Sketchbook

For high school art students, I think it is important to have a sketchbook for outside research/sketching homework. Instead of just giving everyone their own sketchbook – or having them buy their own… I thought we could MAKE our own. This lesson teaches a unique book-binding technique to create a sketchbook. First was the assembly […]

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Clay Tiki Vessels

This was a middle school project that I took over when the teacher went on leave for surgery. It was a really neat project and I hope to do it again someday. The students had to research different tiki gods and symbols and decide how they would make their own tiki vessel. There were a […]

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Blue Bell Summer Camp

During my first summer in Philadelphia I was granted the best opportunity for a seasonal job. I was hired as the Art Camp Councilor at Blue Bell Camp where I taught 5-11 year olds. Although I was the youngest councilor there, I was still treated with great respect and had a lot of fun. I […]

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Salvation Army Summer Camp

During the summer of 2013, I was the Art Councilor for the Indiana PA Salvation Army Summer Camp. I taught art lessons that related to different famous artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Rousseau, Claude Monet, and Leonardo Da Vinci. In addition to that, I helped lead different groups and helped with transportation to major […]

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Double-Exposure Portraits

Double-exposure portraits are all the rave on the internet and social media these days. About 3 years ago, when the trend started to catch on,  I decided to create my own video tutorial on how to get this effect in Adobe Photoshop. Eventually, I ended up teaching it to my Student Photography Association at IUP […]

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Leonardo Da Vinci Unit: Artist or Scientist?

      During my student teaching elementary placement, I designed and taught a 5 lesson Unit on Leonardo Da Vinci to 5th Grade students (whom I saw once a week). This lesson was unique because it encouraged students to bridge the gap between science and art. I am a firm believer in transitioning STEM (Science […]

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Bright Ideas Workshop 2014

In the Spring of 2014, I helped to head the NAEA sponsored event: Bright Ideas: Roots and Wings. Indiana University of Pennsylvania NAEA students collaborated with the IUP Museum to design a lesson/studio that focused around their current exhibition. This time, students (grades 3-5th) created an environment found in nature with mixed media based off […]

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“Self-E” Unit Lesson Plan

During my student teaching placement at Hempfield Area School District’s high school in the Fall of 2014, I was granted the opportunity to design a unit around the theme of “selfies”. The Westmoreland Museum of American Art mentioned that they were going to have a juried student exhibition in November with the theme of selfies […]

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Norwin Plastic Workshops

  Members of One Island have visited the Norwin School District multiple times for plastic workshops. Four of our members were alumni of the district so it made setting up workshops very easy. The school was very interested in what we were doing with plastic. I visited during their March Arts Month as well as during Spring Break […]

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Salvation Army Supper Club

Every Tuesday night, the Salvation Army held a “Supper Club” where students would be able to come, have dinner, and get to have two lessons – one in art and one in either math or english. They would also have a tutoring time where adults would aide them in their weekly homework. The age of […]

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1st Grade: Jasper Johns influenced Names

I used this as a simple filler one day lesson with first graders. I introduced the artist Jasper Johns and showed the students some of his work. We talked about all the use of colors within and around the letters/numbers. Then each student folded their own paper into a grid (phew 1st graders struggle with […]

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3D Studio Course Teacher Assistant

Because of my success in 3D Studio Course studio here at IUP, I was chosen to be one of the teacher assistants under Profesor Steve Loar. This was a great teaching experience for me and I learned a lot about teaching college freshmen students.

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Plastic Art Workshop in the Bahamas

During my study abroad program in Freeport, Bahamas, we held a workshop to the locals on how to create artwork out of Plastic. Most of the plastic was actually found and recycled off of the beaches.

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Plastic Workshop Fall 2012

An One Island Organization event that taught students how to recycle plastics by making art out of it.

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Bright Ideas 2011

A National Art Education Association event that is held at least once a semester at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. We take students to the campus museum and give them an art lesson based off of the art in the museum at the time.

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