All Grade Levels, Visual Arts, Teaching Experience in Schools
DISCIPLINE // Visual Arts
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION // Ashley would like to create a program that’s not only informative, but adaptable and dynamic. She would be teaching art fundamentals, while also inspiring creativity, empowering learners, and strengthening critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. This would be implemented by considering social-emotional learning, student-centered learning, and cross-curricular learning. When possible, Ashley would work with the home teacher’s curriculum and student interest to build projects or lessons/units. Ashley would teach that art is integral in our visual culture, and that it connects us historically and globally. She would establish a basic structure of respectful inquiry and exploration, so that students felt comfortable to share and move forward in their creative process. Ashley would utilize Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) to encourage dynamic and expansive conversations, and also as a means for formative assessment. She wants to provide students with opportunities to open their minds, gain new perspectives, reflect, and gather tools in expressing themselves and healthfully navigating their lives.
BIO // As an artist and educator Ashley focused on social-emotional learning, student-centered learning, and cross-curricular learning. She believes considering these three foundational elements in education can help create a sound learning environment for all ages. She has an extensive background of guidance and teaching experience with children ages 2-18, whom have a wide range of abilities. Ashley am able to mediate and manage a classroom of various levels, while nurturing the individual needs of the students. Her primary goal is to use creativity to promote and nurture healthy relationships and vibrant learning environments to ensure the academic and practical success of each student.
Ashley has been fortunate to assume the position of a teacher’s aide, a volunteer for the MCPS Summer Arts Program and Montana Art Interscholastics, an assistant preschool teacher, a docent for the Missoula Art Museum, an instructor at the Zootown Arts Community Center, a nanny, and a substitute teacher, para-professional, and homebound tutor for Missoula County Public Schools.
TEACHING ARTIST STATEMENT // The cyclical nature of life and personal patterns of reflection direct my creative process. I use a variety of materials to respond and translate these experiences into non-objective and abstract paintings. Working and reworking the surface, adding and subtracting layers, stepping into and away from a developing artwork becomes a physical and mental dance. This process is a form of communication; a conversation between artist, paint, and surface.
As an artist and educator I focus on social-emotional learning, student-centered learning, and cross-curricular learning. I believe considering these three foundational elements in education can help create a sound learning environment for all ages.