Visiting Faculty: Colorado College Book, Book Arts and Letterpress
Summer 2018 and 2019
This course provided an introduction to the basic skills of designing, printing, and binding artists’ books and related ephemera. We first explored typography and setting lead type through a creating a collaborative type specimen book, then studied page composition through a poster assignment for a fictional speaker event. For the final project, students completed an edition of three artists’ books. We also hosted visiting artists Russell Maret and Melanie Yazzie. Throughout the course, aternative approaches to book making, including using a laser cutter, learning new book structures from YouTube, and unconventional collagraph printing, were encouraged.
Visiting Faculty: Colorado College Institute for Visual Environmental Communication: Merging Art, GIS, and Climate Science in the Colorado Rockies
Summer 2016 and 2017
The Institute for Visual Environmental Communication is a summer course in which students gain the skills and knowledge to communicate environmental issues impacting the Colorado Rocky Mountains with the public in an engaging way. This course focussed on the physical science of climate change impacts, the psychology of communicating climate change, as well as drawing, graphic design, and other visual art media over the course of eight weeks. Two and a half of those weeks are spent in the field traveling to impacted areas, meeting with stakeholders, and practicing observational drawing. The course offers an I and L credits, as well as two credits of introductory Environmental Science.
To see the student's final projects, click here.
Teaching Assistant: University of California Santa Barbara
Fall 2016 - Spring 2018
During the course of my MFA, I served as a teaching assistant for five courses: Introduction to Printmaking, Introduction to Photography, Foundations of Art, Science, and Technology, Foundations of Visual Literacy, and 3D Design. My responsibilities as a TA included running a discussion section twice a week, reviewing assignments with students, planning review lectures, doing demonstrations, and completing grading.
Founder: Fresh Prints Letterpress Poster Collective
In response to the 2016 presidential election results, I founded a letterpress poster collective at UCSB called Fresh Prints. Our mantra is, "Use your hands to speak your mind", and we do this by printing letterpress posters by hand. We meet bi-weekly, with around 30 members taking part at different times. To the right is student work by Joey Lattarulo (left) and Casey Mix (right).
Co-Director: Climate Odyssey
Summer 2015 to summer 2016
Throughout the Climate Odyssey project, my partner, hydrologist Dr. Zion Klos, and I are visiting classrooms to share the art and science lessons we prepared for the project. In a typical lesson Zion shares the basic science of climate change impacts and adaptations and then we use art activities to discuss sense of place and the local implications of climate change. The lessons are intended for students from middle school and college. If you are a teacher on the East Coast of the US, please check out the For Teachers page of ClimateOdyssey.org for more information!
Instructor: Japanese Printmaking Workshop
In this two-day workshop classes of ten students learn carving, registration, and printing techniques in the Japanese Ukiyo-e tradition, as well as the history of the medium. Each student carves four blocks and makes two prints in total. The class was held at the Prichard Gallery in downtown Moscow, ID.
Creative Non-Fiction Writing and Art Workshop
This four-part workshop was a unique collaboration between writer Katie Ellison and myself. We combined written and visual prompts to inspire short writings of creative non-fiction as well as collage pieces. The class culminated with a bookbinding project featuring writing from each student and a collaged cover. This class was also held at the Prichard Gallery.
Japan Exchange and Teaching Program
During the fall and spring 2012-13 I taught English at Osafune Junior High School in rural Japan through the Japanese Exchange and Teaching, or JET, program. This challenging experience profoundly shaped my understanding of culture and independence.
I blogged about the experience here.
Anderson Ranch Printmaking Intern
In January of 2012 I served as an intern for Anderson Ranch’s January Studio Immersive in Snowmass, Colorado. I prepared supplies and maintained the studio space while assisting students with equipment. I also advised participants on choices in color, composition, and media while filling in for the print shop manager during a 10-day absence.
Arts and Crafts Instructor
At Colorado College I taught several Arts and Crafts Adjuncts, including Screen Printing and Book Binding. I initiated the book binding class and the curriculum included several different book forms over a one month long period.