Varies. Please contact me to make arrangements. Prefer at least a week’s advance notice for planning special programs.
Groups I Can Work With
Substitute teaching (Yancey); After school programs; Artist’s residencies in schools; Home school groups; Private art classes; Special needs groups; Public workshops
Areas of Interest/Specialties
Natural history/local ecology lessons outdoors: The most effective medium I’ve found for this is using oil pastels and medium-heavy art paper. Additional tools include hand lenses, collection jars/with magnifiers, dry-erase panels as clipboard, field guides, children’s books about plants and animals.
Teaching Artist Statement
Children must be given the opportunity to wonder, wander, and reflect on their own life experiences in order for their natural creative abilities to be fully actualized. Science begins with a question, then observation, and experiential learning to incorporate new knowledge into existing knowledge, which ultimately is synthesized into new learning. I believe children arrive at knowledge by way of many paths, so I structure my lessons to meet a variety of learning styles. Children are natural inquirers, fact finders, and storytellers, and when given the tools and time, are capable of great things.
Sample Lesson Plan
Amy Weinmeister received her Master’s Degree in Middle Grades Science Education from the University of Georgia. She was a classroom teacher for almost a decade before pursuing interests in conservation education, first by working as a project manager for the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League and then as education coordinator for the University of South Carolina in conjunction with Georgetown County School District’s nine elementary schools. She has authored inquiry-based nature art and science curriculum for PreK-3rd graders as well as K-12 forestry curriculum. Currently, she serves as educator with the Altapass Foundation/Orchard at Altapass on the Blue Ridge Parkway, where she instructs on the value of pollinators, specifically bees and monarch butterflies. She also teaches adult ballet and Pilates and works as stage manager and choreographer for the Parkway Playhouse Junior program.