Say Hello to Our Right Brain Initiative Partner Artists

19 Aug

The Right Brain Initiative

Look who’s new on the Right Brain Initiative teaching artist roster! Many Young Audiences teaching artists work through us to be arts providers for the Right Brain Initiative as well, and six have just joined those ranks. Read more below in our own Briana Linden’s piece, and if you have any questions feel free to contact Miriam Budner, Young Audiences Artist Programs Manager: miriam@ya-or.org

YA artist Ben Popp is an animator who received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is co-founder of the experimental media group Grand Detour. As a teaching artist, Ben works with his students to explore classroom topics through animation. In his workshops, topics such as the multiplication table become hands-on learning experiences and take on a life of their own on film.

YA artist Carla Wilson is a professional flutist and teaching artist who believes that residencies provide students with the opportunity to experience the music-making process in a non-formal, and therefore non-threatening environment. She encourages students to participate in the musical experience as composers, performers and listeners. Carla has worked with Portland Public School teachers to design curriculum for the Oregon Symphony, Scottish Storyline, and ArtSplash.

YA artist Karen Brunke is a mixed-media collage artist and Certified Arts Specialist. Karen received a BA in Art History and an MA in Art Education, and has been teaching art mediums in K-5 classrooms for 14 years. Through age-appropriate activities, Karen enables her students to appreciate art as a form of visual communication accessible to everyone.

YA artist Karie Oakes is a ceramic artist who began her teaching career 27 years ago at the Portland Children’s Museum. Karie uses clay as a tool for inquiry in the classroom, and encourages her students to ask questions and make hands-on discoveries. Karie creates an environment rich in spatial exploration, unique to clay as a 3-D medium.

YA artist Nancy Smith Klos is a multi-media teaching artist of 25 years who has been featured on Oregon Art Beat and HGTV’s Modern Masters. Nancy works with both children and adults, including 8 years teaching Adult Arts Seminars at the Portland Art Museum. In her residencies, Nancy works with students to cultivate their creative spirits, and with teachers to integrate art into the science curriculum.

YA artist Sarah Nagy is a filmmaker and teaching artist. Sarah holds an MA in Film from the University of Amsterdam, a BA in Writing from Marylhurst University, a certificate in Film from the Northwest Film Center, and is founder of the Buckman Film Academy. She works to engage her students through collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and engagement of all the senses. Sarah dreams of one day producing a Lego video that will receive a million hits on YouTube.

source: Miriam Budner, Briana Linden, The Right Brain Initiative, Young Audiences of OR & SW WA

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