Meet The Teaching Members

Wendy Harris

Wendy Harris

 

After more than 20 years in a traditional educational setting, and with a Master of Education from Lesley University, I decided it is time to branch out, by bringing my passion of teaching art directly into the community. As a teaching artist now, I have found there is a need to find an artist and teacher that knows their subject and can inspire others to want to create. Success in creating art is built on the basic concepts of the elements of art and the principles of design the emphasizes self-exploration, self-confidence and finding passion within to creating. I believe there is an artist in everyone the artist and teacher must find develop, inspire, and nurture that creativity within. Before teaching, I worked as a commercial artist in private industries and with my background  and experience as a graphic artist, artist, art teacher, and now a teaching artist, I have found a strong connection to geometric shapes, patterns, and textures as seen and observed in our everyday environment as well as in nature. Much can be accomplished with the right teacher, exposure to different mediums that will manifest each creative thought while inspiring individual styles and techniques that are unique to every individual. Because of my various experiences I have found myself drawn to, and influenced by, the works of artists such as Piet Mondrian, Frank Lloyd Wright, E. C. Escher, Paolo Uccello, George Seurat, Albrecht Durer, Mary Cassette and Vincent Van Gogh. More of my thoughts and art can be found on my website www.ravenartcreations.com

 

Vandy Leigh

Vandy Leigh

Vandy has a Masters of Education degree in Creative Arts in Learning, Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University in Boston. She teaches students of all ages from pre-school through all of adulthood.  She is certified to teach Art for grades K-12 in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She is passionate about teaching pre-teens and teens. Vandy says, "Middle and High School students are the perfect art students.  They are curious and want to learn new things, but once they learn the "right way" they aren't afraid to push the limits and take their art to whole new levels."  In addition to visual arts, Vandy is a professional storyteller of 22 years, specializing in Spooky, Wisdom, Personal, and Folk tales. Vandy is a trained SoulCollage® facilitator and leads these magical workshops at Creative Community Space and out in the community. Vandy is the Creative Community Developer of Creative Community Space.

Vandy's personal teaching website is www.Area-Arts.com

 

Deb Booth

Deb Booth

Deborah Booth brings a wealth of experience and dedication to the arts and has spent the last 15+ years in Epping School District Education working with Middle School and High School students. Born and raised in New England, Deborah has a BFA from Alfred University and an MA in Expressive Art Therapy from Lesley University. She is currently the Epping Middle School Art Teacher and the Unified Arts Team Leader, which unites a talented group of professionals each week to ensure that students are challenged and thinking creatively. Deborah's involvement in the community includes an artist in residence program that she implemented with local artist Rob Rossel, working to engage the students in a holistic large scale body of work developed over a period of the school year, promoting the students to work together.   Deborah has represented the Epping School District by presenting at the ISTE 2019 (International Society for Technology in Education) in Philadelphia on her recent "Technology and Art Collide" project. Followed by another exciting project with her students to clean up the beaches and use recycled materials to create unique artwork.    "I am passionate about art in many facets of my life, whether its finger painting with my grandchildren, or working with my students, as well as my love for art in nature. Through gardening, seeing the seasons change, and my frequent walks in the woods picking up various pieces of nature and forming miniature sculptures along my path.  I am very excited to be a part of the Artist Community right here in Epping and even more so to share my love for art with others too."     
Natalie Rotman Cote

Natalie Rotman Cote

Natalie Rotman Cote is an artist who loves nature and enjoys variety in her art. She enjoys travelling with her husband Steve and hopes to capture and share the beauty of the world through her art. They are avid animal lovers and their family currently includes 2 dogs: a retired racer Greyhound Tommy and Beagle rescue Niki.  Natalie got started in art when she took a drawing class as an adult at the Sharon Arts Center in Sharon, NH USA.  She has studied at the NH Institute of Art and has taken workshops with many professional photographers and painters over the past several years. Her art is available for purchase online at www.natalies-art.com.

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