What is your favorite lesson to cover and why?
I love covering and teaching the large portrait drawing of a woman leader and activist that the students have researched earlier in the semester. After all the technical and skill-based work the students put so much effort into, I see the most growth in their drawing sills during this project. It is a time when the students actually see their progress! Everything “clicks” into place and we see awesome results. It’s a really fun end of the fall semester project for my Introduction to Visual Art students!
What do you hope students take from your classes?
I set a lot of goals in my art classes. Over the course of the year, I hope students take these important lessons with them. One, to feel confident in their technical skills and to be unafraid to make their own personal artwork. Two, to be confident in how they speak and articulate their ideas, views and opinions in their own artwork. Three, that when they leave the art room at the end of the year, they look at the world in more detail and with a bit more critical observation.
What is your favorite Immaculate Heart tradition?
There are so many, but I especially love Mary’s Day! It is such a fun end of the year celebration, with spiritual reflection and so much visual and performance art. We all work together to make the day really amazing and then we all get to enjoy it together!
What do you love about the all-girls environment at Immaculate Heart?
What I noticed my first day at Immaculate Heart, and still see to this day, are students who are extremely confident, unafraid and willing to take their education to the next level. Immaculate Heart promotes growth, both in mind and in heart. This allows our students to really make their educational experience their own and be the leaders of tomorrow. In an all-girls environment, I see young women who are paving their way to achieve their biggest dreams.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words “The WALK”?
T-shirt design contest!! It’s really fun to see the big reveal and learn who won the t-shirt designs, and then to see everyone in their new shirts on WALK Day! I really have fun that day!