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Availability in September, December, January, February and May. Please contact me to explore possibilities. For creation of special lesson plans, one to two weeks advance notice are preferred.
Groups I Can Work With
After school programs; Artist’s residencies in schools; Home school groups; Private art classes; Special needs groups; Public workshops
Areas of Interest/Specialties
I feel confident in teaching a wide variety of art activities. My areas of specialty include jewelry making and projects that use recycled materials, however I have a lot of experience with a wide variety of projects. I love the process of taking and item and turning it into something completely different and unexpected. One example of this is turning old curtains into rosettes, and making them into a classic Easter Bonnet. Another one is using plastic soda bottles and turning them into flower pinwheels.
Possible offerings: recycled material jewelry and home décor; classic jewelry design and making with hemp and cord, knotting, copper, enamel, stones, beads, gourd shaker instruments; pastry baking (food is art, too); simple sewing projects like dream pillows or small pouches; paper crafts; cardboard loom weaving; clay play.
Teaching Artist Statement
My philosophy of teaching art is steeped in a belief that actively making and creating allows one to expand their understanding of and connection to the world. I believe in exposing class participants to new materials and creative concepts as well as proving a safe space for trial and error. I feel strongly that having the chance to learn processes and to both succeed and fail during the learning of said processes is important to one’s ability to thrive in life. Having the chance to “play” with and explore different mediums and techniques allow for the opening of new neural connections thus increasing one’s capacity for problem solving and critical thinking. I believe that making and creating are fundamental tools for growth and for me, are a necessary part of making the best life I can. Plus, art makes for a more beautiful and interesting world.
Sample Lesson Plan
Alena Applerose has been teaching art classes to children ages 4 and up for over 15 years. She holds a BS in communication from Appalachian State University and received her jewelry/metalsmithing training at the University of North Texas. Alena has taught in a variety of programs and classrooms including Madison County 4H, the Arthur Morgan School, Athens Cooperative Experience, Denton Area Secular Homeschoolers, Homeschoolers Excel in Dallas, A Creative Arts Studio Denton, Firefly Primitive Skills Gathering, Penland Kids Camp, and Subs with SuitCASEs.