All Grade Levels, Visual Arts, Certified Art Teacher
DISCIPLINE // Visual Arts and Collaborative Teaching
BIO // Jennifer is a K-12 art certified teacher. She recently attended the Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Yellowstone STEAM: Blending STEM and Art in Education at Yellowstone National Park, and is currently enrolled in the Creative Pulse, Arts Integration Summer Masters Program at the University of Montana. She has been teaching summer workshops and Saturday family workshops at the Missoula Art Museum (MAM) for many years, sometimes collaborating with a naturalist and a fiber artist. Some of her favorite art workshops included special use of MAM’s permanent collection, access to live insects from Missoula Butterfly House and specimens from Phillip L. Wright zoological museum. Jennifer Ogden is a collage artist interested in themes of home, place and belonging. She has been teaching art at Victor Public Schools since 1995. (Because Victor works on a four-day school week, Jennifer is available to work with SPARK students on Fridays).
ARTIST STATEMENT // Working with student artists can be very exciting and rewarding. As the sole K-12 art teacher in a class C school in rural western Montana I like to get students to think about the wonderful place where we live and honor it through visual art. Teachers from small districts are natural collaborators and it has been a privilege to help enrich the curriculum of other disciplines such as science, English and social studies. Forming partnerships with the outside community helps involve students in special projects regarding heritage and natural history. In the past, art students have been invited to interface with microscope imagery of pathogens studied by researchers at NIH Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton. Victor School artists recently enjoyed a visual collaboration with the Ravalli County Museum to help round out a new traveling exhibit about the Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail. The collaboration was open to the public during summer of 2017.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION // Available on Fridays for short and long term residencies, after school classes, collaborative teaching
GRADE LEVELS // all
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDITS // Yellowstone STEAM: Blending STEM and Art in Education (Yellowstone Forever Foundation), Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute, National Portrait Gallery, (Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC), Presenter, Arts Transform Communities Arts Integration Conference (Missoula, MT) Teaching with Charlie, CM Russell Museum (Great Falls),Teacher Ranger Teacher (TRT) at Bear Paw Battle Field, History of Montana Tribes (MSU), Montana Teacher Leaders for the Arts, Forest for Every Classroom, Visual Thinking Strategies (Holter Museum), Charlie Russell Symposium (Montana Historical Society), Indian Education for All Best Practices Conferences, National Endowment for the Humanities “Landmarks in Education” program (Santa Fe, Seattle and Montana), Gilder-Lehrman Summer Scholar Program (Santa Fe), Teacher Institute(s) for Contemporary Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
CONTACT INFORMATION // (406) 381-8383 / Email
BADGES EARNED //
The Kennedy Center Foundation in Arts Integration: 2015
The Kennedy Center Foundation in Arts Integration: 2016
SPARK! Artist Training 2017
Artists As Educators: Refining Your Practice
Arts Transform Communities: Montana Arts Integration Conference 2018
Ignite the Future: SPARK! Teaching Artist Training 2018
Embracing Differences to Make a Difference: Professional Development Training: September 2018