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Rhiannon Leonard

RESIDENCY REQUEST

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RESIDENCY GOALS

  • Students gain confidence making art
  • Empower mistakes as a learning tool
  • Create individual and evolving visual systems for problem solving
  • Present learned knowledge through art!

BIO

As an artist I learn about the world through Art. I illustrate botanical herbs, draw to dissect a process, capture emotion in tall abstract (ombre) watercolor, and design intricate filigree lettering. I am a visual artist. My process is to sketch, ink lines, then scan for digital layout or watercolor original.
You can find me drawing in my garden, biking my kids to school, and teaching Flamenco & Art at Beach Elementary SUN Program in North Portland.

DISCIPLINES

2D Visual Arts,3D Visual Arts,

GRADE BANDS

K-2,3-5,

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

English, Spanish, 

LANGUAGE DETAILS

Fluent, 

WORK WITH STUDENTS

My goal is to create a safe environment that is accessible to all students to explore, play, fail, recover, practice, and gain confidence as artists. This is achieved through experiential learning and project based curriculum. Students use thinking skills, the principles of design, and the elements of art.

 

Using thinking skills with ART:

  • Observe – Listen to the project
  • Share knowledge and understand by asking questions – what time, tools and resources will it take to complete this project?
  • Explore – (In an artist notebook) Brainstorm, sketch ideas and draw the steps (this sketchpad will have many ideas…including some really bad ones!)
  • Form a plan – Choose the best idea considering time, materials, design principles, elements of art, & content requirements
  • Activate – Transform the idea into life by creating it.
  • Step back – Enjoy and reflect
    (oops, didn’t work this time? Try it again! And again…and again…)

 

Botanical Illustration – Science, Math, Reading, & Writing

  • K-1: collect and explore nature, observe shapes and colors, organize and compare using Venn diagram, sketch leaves & cones using elements of art
  • 1-3: Illustrate seasons, make colors, measure, draw the stages of seed germination, and create a picture dictionary
  • 3-5: Plant identification, scientific mapping, and diagrams

 

As a teaching artist moving class to class, I find it useful to create art stations that allow movement, accessibility to all students at any time, reducing social/emotional anxiety, and providing a deeper connection to the art process and art materials.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

Art and creativity are applicable in teaching throughout the classroom curriculum. Each student sketches, creates and observes using their Artist Notebook. Residency projects are individualized to support teachers’ classroom goal.

 

“Using thinking skills with ART” can connect to any curriculum but has an elegant fit with Science & Engineering, Social Studies and Social Emotional Curriculum.

 

“Botanical Illustration- Science, Math, Reading & Writing” has close connections to Science and Math and can incorporate English Language Arts as an additional way for students to demonstrate their knowledge.

 

More curriculum connections:  *Habitat *Garden *Oregon *History *Geography *Outdoor School *Engineering *Electricity *Politics *Story Telling *Mindfulness *Social Science *Culture, & more…

 

More project ideas: *Logos *Design Layout *Fonts and Lettering *Papel Picado/paper banners *¡piñatas! *Mobiles and ‘Staybiles’ *Stencils *Patterns *Quilts *paper friendship beads *and more…

GALLERY

RESIDENCY LOGISTICS

A teaching room: I prefer to have one classroom and students come to me but can move from room to room with supplies.

I drive and I am available for residencies more than 20 miles outside of Portland.

Scheduling is flexible based on the school needs. I would prefer to schedule consecutive classes when traveling over 20 miles to a school.

Common supplies will depend on project needs. Using classroom materials, already in the classroom, will reduce the cost of renting them from the artist. Common supplies can include: pencils, erasers, sharpeners, rulers, markers.

Art Specific Supplies can range from $50-200 depending on the scope of the art requested. Art supplies can include: waterproof multi-liner pens, watercolors, brushes, construction paper, markers, thin cardboard, found objects.

Technology: Classroom projector

FEE INFO

$60 per hour for classroom sessions

$35 per hour for planning meeting and preparation

Long breaks between teaching classes will be charged $30/hour.

Using current IRS mileage rate from North Portland (54.5 cents/mile in 2018)

Art materials can range from $50-$100. I plan on coordinating with the school to use supplies already in the class.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:

Questions? Contact your Right Brain Coach.

Phone:

(503)225-5900 ext. 229

Email:

kstrelchun@therightbraininitiative.org

Website:

REFERENCES

Mila Edwards

Teacher

medwards1@pps.net

503-545-1829

Beach Elementary

2nd grade Dual Language Instructor

Cinda Jackson

SEI SUN Program Manager

cindaj@selfenhancement.org

503-522-4506

SEI SUN Program

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