TEACHING ARTIST ROSTER


Mary Ellen Gutknecht

Drawing with graphite

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Teaching Artist Statement

I am delighted to have been bringing art residencies to students in grades K-7 in half a dozen schools in the Buffalo School District for the last twelve years. I have also taught adults through Community Education classes, as well as private lessons. It is ever renewing and always enriching to see the amazing relationship between art and students of all ages, all abilities, and at all levels of interest.

Explore and Nurture Creativity in the classroom

Develop drawing projects that capture the students' imaginations.
Provide guidance, encouragement and awareness so the students gain confidence in expressing themselves through their art.
Infuse specific lessons on brain function to allow greater understanding of the mental process that is involved in solving "visual challenges".
Deconstruct drawing samples to allow students to better see the component parts, which helps in relaxation, confidence, and new insights on the subjects of their drawings.

Residency Projects

Natural History: "Minnesota Birds" Students explore and draw the differences between common Minnesota birds, and how those differences help them to adapt to various conditions and environments. (Third Grade)
Math: "Solid Forms through Math and Art" The students explore cylinders, cubes, pyramids and other forms through hands-on activities and drawings that include dramatic shadows. They then combine the forms to create a cityscape, which is painted monochromatically.
Other projects: Drawing and natural history of animals (turtles, pandas, tigers, penguins, dogs, raccoons, various birds); Geometric shapes in houses; literature and drawing; self portraits with ratios and proportions.