Primary Discipline: Visual Arts
Areas of Specialty: Natural outdoor art, print making, scultpure, felt-making
Based in: Bainbridge Island
Isobel is a UK qualified art teacher. She taught art and Textiles in the UK. Whilst in the UK she developed professional development workshops for teachers to explore and use art in the outdoor environment. In 2014, Isobel worked as an artist in residence at Island Wood. In the summer of 2015, she worked at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, running their summer Art in Action program. Most recently she developed and ran a special art project across all of the 4th grade classes of the Bainbridge Island school district Called “Art Partners”. Each student designed a unique piece of copper which then became an integral part of an installation at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.
Isobel enjoys combining cultural, environmental and historical studies with art, using techniques spanning painting, quilting, felting, knitting, batik, print-making, hand-made paper and woodland crafts. She has experience teaching in schools and running workshops for adults.
I have mastery in textile design including print making and felt making in particular. I am passionate about exploring and experimenting with new techniques and sharing that journey with students. As an artist I am most passionate about using my making and drawing skills to create something intricate and beautiful. I love pattern and detail and combining different qualities of line and mark making.
The most rewarding part about teaching K-12 is when I can see each student create a unique piece of work. Students are thrilled by their own potential, their own achievements, their own independent thought, through hard work and determination. I have found that students bring different experiences and interests which can be expressed through art. It is a way for students to explore independent paths within the same project and to help evolve their personal expression.
These lessons learned through art can be applied in other subjects and other parts of life. Art can be a profound learning experience and to share that with each other is treasure in its self.
Suitable for Grades: Pre-K - 8
Preferred Grades: K - 8
Curriculum Integration Possibilities: History, Social Studies