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What I’m Reading This Summer

Reading over the summer was not easy this year. As the COVID-19 pandemic began winding down (fingers-crossed), so too had my energy and appetite for reading. During the dramatic and drawn-out saga of e-learning, reading and writing had been, perhaps, the most important modalities by which I communicated with others. Every day, I was writing …

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Professionalism, Advocacy, and Leadership: An Art Educator’s Spring 2021 Journey

At Illinois State University, students pursuing either an Art Education B.A. or Art Education Endorsement are required, by the department, to engage in both rigorous coursework and extracurricular art-related experiences. These experiences are broken down into two categories: PAL 1’s and PAL 2’s. “PAL” stands for “Professionalism, Advocacy, and Leadership”. PAL’s are, to put it …

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Teaching Art At The Regional Alternative School: Overview and Experience

In ART 211, “Media, Techniques, and Inquiry Suitable for Secondary Schools”, I was responsible for crafting, facilitating, and teaching an art education unit within the Bloomington Regional Alternative School in Bloomington, IL. This page works to discuss that process, the artifacts curated, my experience, and my major educational takeaways. Description During my three-week-long teaching experience …

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Apricity The Comic: A Drafted 1st Chapter

Welcome to Apricity, a work-in-progress, wordless and fantastical comic. Follow Persephone, a young sorceress who awakens in the mysterious woodlands of the Vorpal Kingdom without any memory as to who she is, where she came from, or why she’s there. The young Wendigo prince, Thaddeus, somehow arrives just in time–saving her from the clutches of …

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Local Art by Anastasia Gustafson: Holiday Window Painting in Wheaton, IL.

Photo shows Wheaton, IL College Nannies+Sitters+Tutors location displaying Anastasia Gustafson’s art. I work for College Nannies+Sitters+Tutors as a tutor–but sometimes, I get to have fun and paint the windows, too! During the December 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, College Nannies+Sitters+Tutors asked me to bring some much needed holiday cheer to the windows …