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 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
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.