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Tina McDermott

RESIDENCY REQUEST

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RESIDENCY GOALS

Throughout the residency I will be returning to these three essential questions based around student connections, process, and the Big Idea we share.

How can we reinforce what we know about the Big Idea by exploring the creative process?

How do artists connect ideas with materials and processes?

How can we work individually and together to generate ideas?

BIO

My practice as a teaching artist is centered on the idea that each student has an important perspective to explore in their art-making process. I believe that it is essential for students to explore materials, ideas, and processes without placing an emphasis on the outcome or product.

DISCIPLINES

2D Visual Arts,3D Visual Arts,

GRADE BANDS

K-2,3-5,6-8,

WORK WITH STUDENTS

Big Ideas: Time, Forgiveness, Release

Students wrote forgiveness poems inspired by Lucille Clifton’s Forgiveness Poem for my Father. Using their poems as inspiration, students created pinch pots called Forgiveness Vessels. After discussing the metaphor of forgiveness as salt water evaporating, students considered the form of their pinch pot as well as the interior, where salt crystals might collect. Students had the option of glazing their vessel or smashing it against a wall for video documentation. All students designed an installation space collectively to present their poems, video footage, and vessels.

 

Big Ideas: Time, Cycles, Impermanence:

After discussing the idea of the word ephemeral, students were divided into teams to collect natural objects. On large pieces of paper, groups worked together to arrange these items as they were influenced by an image of a sculpture by Andy Goldsworthy. Group sculptures were documented, and as the word ephemeral suggests, objects were then returned to nature. Students were then given the photographs of their sculptures to “zoom in” on, and created relief prints from the shapes they saw.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

In creating curriculum connections with teachers, it is important to me that a Big Idea is established before considering materials or processes. In communication with classroom teachers, I strive to find how students can create individual pieces of work using the artistic process to connect to the Big Idea. Students create installations of their individual pieces at the end of the residency.

FEE INFO

8-10 session minimum per residency

Planning & Reflection meetings: $75

Materials: Range, typically reusable throughout course of residency. Teaching artist supplies some common tools and fees are only applied for damaged tools.

Travel expense: 50 cents/mile outside of Portland (lower than IRS Standard Mileage Rate)

Fees negotiable: hourly sliding scale offered for schools that qualify as Title 1.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:

Questions? Contact your Right Brain Coach.

Phone:

503-225-5900 x229

Email:

kstrelchun@therightbraininitiative.org

Website:

http://www.tmcd727.wix.com/arteducation

REFERENCES

Dylan Stafford

Teacher, 3rd grade

dstafford@pps.net

Markham Elementary School

3

Beth Bundy

Art teacher

bbundy@pps.net

Ockley Green School

4th - 8th

Andrew Butterfield

Art Teacher

abutterfield@pps.net

Wilson High School

9 - 12


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