Category Archives: education

Four Ugly Words I’ve Learned While Teaching

For several years, I’ve worked as an adjunct college instructor. This job is much like being a real college instructor: I teach students, plan courses, grade student work, attend meetings, and in the colder months, I wear tweed. (I generally … Continue reading

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If you’re one of the people that sees me regularly, its likely you haven’t seen me in a while. I’ve been running an intense teaching schedule, and finishing an ambitious new show. For the next two weekends, my work and … Continue reading

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Portfolio Intensive at Gage

Each summer, I take some time away from collegiate teaching to work with the teenagers at Gage Academy of Art. For the last four years, Jethaniel Peterka and I have been team-teaching intensive programs for teens at Gage. We were paired … Continue reading

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Questions for Educators

I’ve been teaching studio and academic classes for more than seven years now, and I am occasionally asked to write a Teaching Philosophy to explain my thoughts on this work. In my hands, this is often a stiff, miserable document … Continue reading

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Summer Workshop Posters

This July, Jethaniel Peterka and I ran our fourth year of the Drawing Intensive and second year of the Painting Intensive at Gage Academy of Art. I’ll have more on the excellent work our students did, and why I work … Continue reading

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Summer: A Time for Action

It’s been a while since I’ve made time for the internet. Summer is in its full glory here in Seattle, and I’m working to match the long boreal days. This Summer I’m teaching, the Drawing and Painting Teen Intensives at … Continue reading

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Reading List for Young Artists

In my teaching work, students occasionally ask me what books I would recommend for learning more about art-making. I say “occasionally” because I find the majority of young people allergic to the printed word and perplexed by the concept of … Continue reading

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