Primary Discipline: Visual Arts
Areas of Specialty: Sculpture, Mixed recycled media, Fiber arts, Crafts, Design, Trash Fashion
Based in: Olympia
Diane Kurzyna, aka Ruby Re-Usable, is a visual artist who specializes in mixed recycled media. As a teaching artist, she has over thirty years experience working with diverse populations in a variety of settings. Her award-winning art work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the Pacific Northwest and around the world. A member of the Northwest Designer Craftsmen, she has a BA in environmental design from Rutgers and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and teacher’s certificate with an art endorsement from the University of Washington. Diane believes her role as an art instructor is to encourage experimentation and observation, introduce new techniques and information, and develop skills. Her goal is to challenge students to challenge themselves. Diane Kurzyna lives with her husband, 2 sons, and a cat in Olympia, where she has been voted “Best Non-Traditional Artist” by the Weekly Volcano readers in 2011 and 2012.
As an art instructor, my role is to encourage experimentation and observation, to introduce new techniques and to develop skills. My goal is to challenge students to challenge themselves. I work in the area of recycled art. I believe that being a “generalist” is not what teaching art is all about, so I have diligently worked on becoming an expert in my own field. My strengths as a teaching artist are the depth and breadth of my knowledge in recycled art, my excellent classroom management skills, my ability to adapt and problem solve and my education as both an arts specialist and an artist. I also work with teachers to enrich their understanding of art and the art of recycling.
Suitable for Grades: K-12
Preferred Grades: K-12
Curriculum Integration Possibilities: Literacy, Reading, Writing, Science, History, Social Studies
- Leading Professional Development workshops for K-12 Teachers