Since 2009, I have been teaching in various Pittsburgh area schools and nonprofit organizations.
The only thing I love more than making art is sharing my artistic experience with young learners.
The Andy Warhol Museum
Artist Educator (June 2013 — Present)
I became an Artist Educator at The Warhol after receiving my BA in Studio Art from The University of Pittsburgh. In the Education Department, I was able to combine my passion for teaching with my knowledge in art and printmaking. As a museum educator, I facilitated a variety of educational programs:
- Art Studio: There's a hidden gem in the museum called The Factory—aptly named after Andy Warhol's studio, the Silver Factory. This studio was where I taught museum patrons about silkscreen printing, blotted line, and acetate collage (Andy Warhol's main art making techniques). Most of my clothes have some sort of paint or ink on them because of The Factory.
- Tours & Gallery Talks: I have led hundreds of groups on tours through the museum, teaching about Andy Warhol's life, the Pop Art movement, and art history. I adapted every tour to the incredibly diverse range of people that came through. The thousands of students I've met ranged from preschoolers to medical students. I've led tours for corporate events hosted by PNC Bank, and Absolut Vodka. I've led tours for conventions and other museums' staff. As an extroverted people person, I loved meeting new people from all over the world, and engaging them in meaningful conversations about art.
- Workshops: Warhol Workshops combine a tour of the museum with hands on art making in the studio. After learning about Pop Art, I led my groups through the process of making a Pop portrait of their own using acrylic paint and silkscreen printing.
- Outreaches: Educators often got to leave the museum and go to schools, community centers, art festivals, and events. During outreach programs, we took art supplies and silkscreens to teach offsite. We went to schools like Schiller Middle School, John Morrow Middle School, West Liberty University, Franklin Regional High School, Monroeville Kindercare, and many more. We also went to shelters through a partnership with HCEF (The Homeless Children's Education Fund).
- Summer Camps: I led weeklong summer camps for children ages 6-8 years old that centered around a fun Warholian theme (like Pop Portraits & Selfies).
Youth Programs Coordinator (Mar 2016 — Oct 2016)
In early 2016, I became the Youth Programs Coordinator. I focused on facilitating teen programs like Youth Invasion and Dine & Discuss. I partnered with high schools and youth-centered organizations all over the city, like Artists Image Resource, Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) High School, Lighthouse YMCA, Dreams of Hope, The Labs at Carnegie Library, and many more.
Photos courtesy of Cara Livorio of Artissima Studio.
Art Teacher (Sept 2015 — Aug 2016)
During my time at Artissima Studio, I taught semester-long art classes and summer camps for 3-8 year old children. I developed age-appropriate curriculum that focused on building foundational skills like composition, color theory, and value. In every class and summer camp, we explored new mediums and techniques—drawing, painting, collaging, screen printing, inking, mixed media, and more. We learned about notable artists and art history, how to come up with creative solutions, and most of all, we had fun!
- Mini Makers Art Class (3-5 years old)
- Crafty Kids Art Class (4-6 years old)
- Mixed Media & More Art Class (6-8 years old)
- Once Upon a Time Summer Camp (4-6 years old)
- All Around the World Summer Camp (6-8 years old)
- Rainforest Summer Camp (6-8 years old)
Photos courtesy of Samuel Su.
Education Intern (Mar 2013 — Aug 2013)
I found out that I was accepted for an internship with WQED's Education Department on March 20, 2013 (Mister Roger's birthday). I spent the summer after graduation assisting with the implementation of the 2013 PBS KIDS Writers Contest, sorting thousands of stories written by local children. I collaborated with a team of Super Teachers to develop professional development training materials on how to effectively use PBS KIDS resources in the classroom.
Education Program Assistant (Aug 2013 — Sept 2015)
After my summer internship ended, I was offered a job as a part-time Education Program Assistant in August 2013. In my expanded role, I also designed print and digital graphics in Adobe PhotoShop, Illustrator, and InDesign. I became the resident photographer using my own DSLR camera, curated and edited photos in Adobe Bridge and LightRoom, and managed our social media feeds through Hootsuite. I assisted in recruiting and training a team of volunteers to promote WQED Education at children’s events like the Children’s Festival, the Three Rivers Arts Festival, the Carnegie Library's Summer Reading Extravaganza, and Be My Neighbor Day. I was able to use my art education to develop educational hands-on activities for these events.
Team Leader/Corps Member (Sept 2009 — Apr 2013)
During my four years studying at The University of Pittsburgh, I was an AmeriCorps member of Jumpstart Pittsburgh. Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community Corps members to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. It was through this program that I realized my passion for early childhood education. Each year, I was placed in a different preschool with a team of my peers to implement a curriculum that helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for kindergarten.
- Corps Member at The Kingsley Association (2009-2010)
- Team Leader at Faison Elementary School, Classroom 3 (2010-2011)
- Corps Member at Schenley Heights Developmental Center (Summer of 2011)
- Team Leader at Reizenstein Early Childhood Center (2011-2012)
- Team Leader at Crescent Elementary School, Classroom 206 (2012-2013)