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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 sharing 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 problem solving, the elements of art, observational drawing, visual maps, principles of design, and peer support.

 

Drawing as a tool to learn, see, & discover:

DAY 1 – Make a sketchbook – Process learning. Simple tools to create & make art  

I can use simple materials to make art 

 

DAY 2 – Elements of art – Observational drawing of models / parts

I use the elements of art in my drawings

 

DAY 3 – Visual Maps – Connecting the parts to the whole using graphic elements

I use Diagrams, Maps, & Charts to visually demonstrate what I understand

 

DAY 4 – Thumbnail Sketches – The Principles of Design (play, plan, make mistakes…)

I use the principles of design in my planning

 

DAY 5 – Work of Art! – A visual link between classroom curriculum & art

I learn through drawing 

 

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, visual mapping, scientific mapping, Lettering, and diagrams

 

As a teaching artist, 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 problem solving 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.

 

SEL Connections: The heart of sharing space is creating trust and social/emotional connection. As a teaching artist, I will highlight the importance of being kind to our classmates, to the materials, and to ourselves. Each day is full of mindful breathing, low stress warm ups, picture agendas, slow transitions, movement and rhythm, and positive peer share.

 

Great curriculum connections:  *Fossils *Changes on Earth’s surface *Plants *Earth’s Matter *Solar System *Stars *Cells *My Brain! *Habitat *Germination *Oregon *History *Geography *Outdoor School *Engineering *Politics *Story Telling *Mindfulness *Social Science *Culture, & more…

 

Other project ideas: *Coloring Book *Logos *Design Layout *Fonts and Lettering *Stencils *Patterns *Quilts

RESIDENCY LOGISTICS

A classroom studio: 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 prefer to schedule consecutive classes.

 

Art materials will depend on project needs. Shared supplies purchased for the residency can include: artist pencils, erasers, sharpeners, colored pencils, sketch paper ,card stock & waterproof multi-liner pens.

 

Take home materials are popular giving each student a sketchbook, drawing pencil, white plastic eraser, & an artist sharpener.

 

Technology: Classroom projector is useful but not necessary. I will bring display boards for all art & art vocabulary.

FEE INFO

$75 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 (58 cents/mile in 2018)

Shared Art materials can be purchased for the residency and cost $400-600. Art materials purchased for the residency will stay at the school.

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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