I strive to facilitate a robust, multi-dimensional classroom experience where students can encounter a range of local and global art and culture. This includes a rich tradition of inviting guest artists to the classroom to share their thoughts and expertise on a wide range of artistic modalities.
Both in California and Bali, I’ve had the unique fortune to welcome some incredible artists to my classroom, including both local artisans and famous global artists. Some of these include: environmental activist and ceramist Courtney Mattison; painters Johnny Musgrove, Peggy Oki, and Gregory Burns; sculptor and environmental activist George Nuku; muralists, such as Zio Zigler and Slinat; cartoon artist Ragava KK; scientific illustrator Kelly Murphy; and children’s Book Illustrator Jenny Sue Koestecki-Shaw. In addition to these talented artists, I have welcomed character design artists, architects, furniture designers, 3D animators, photographers, weavers, and many, many more!
These opportunities to hear from and work with artists from all over the world has allowed my students to experience the vast range of possibilities in the creative field. Nurturing this discovery and interest at an early age allows an entry point for students to become and remain engaged in artistic disciplines. Furthermore, learning from experts in the field and working directly with local craftspeople builds appreciation for local cultures and a sense of connection to people and place.