Teaching

As an art educator, Terry has worked with students from kindergarten age to adults.  She has taught art in public, private and religious schools, after-school programs, day-care, community and psychiatric outpatient treatment centers.  She incorporates her knowledge of painting, drawing, calligraphy, graphic design, photography and beading in her teaching residencies.  

    

In all residencies, exploration of individual style and personal expression is stressed in a supportive environment.  Participants are encouraged to develop new skills and experiment with different materials. Through these newly acquired abilities, the students are able to enjoy the creative process.  The content and class length are tailored to meet the students’ needs. 

 

Terry has taught art to adults and children in Westchester for many years. She has been an instructor in the Scarsdale Public Schools, the Center for Adult Education in Larchmont/Mamaroneck, the Scarsdale Adult School, Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, the Hudson River Museum, the Neuberger Museum, Pelham Art Center, Westchester Center for Creative Aging, Child Care Council of Westchester, New City Library, Hendrick Hudson Library and Westchester Reform Temple. 

 

Since 1989, Terry has been a teaching artist for ArtsWestchester, leading multi-week workshops in public and private schools, psychiatric outpatient clinics, and community service organizations. Her teaching residencies have included: White Plains Hospital Treatment Center, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sandford Terrace Senior Residence in Mt. Vernon, YWCA Women’s Residence of White Plains, Sunshine Club, Sterling Club, Rockland Treatment Center, Westchester Jewish Community Services, Hope House, Cluster, ClearView School, and public schools in Tarrytown, Mt. Vernon, Yonkers, White Plains, Eastchester, Greenburgh, Blind Brook/Rye, Peekskill and Chappaqua. She has also privately taught adults calligraphy, drawing, painting and photography.

 

 

Sample Courses:

 

Introduction to Drawing

Using graphite, charcoal, and flow-tip pens participants will learn various drawing techniques and the fundamentals of composition, design, proportion, and perspective. Inspiration will come from classroom set-ups, photographic sources, and design exercises. 

 

Drawing Workshop

For students who have had some drawing experience, this more advanced course will highlight various drawing techniques and explore such materials as graphite, charcoal, colored pencils, and pen and ink. 

 

Painting and Collage Workshop

Using acrylics (or watercolors), mediums, and painted tissue papers students will learncolor mixture and painting techniques on stretched canvas and/or watercolor paper.  Students will work from still-life arrangements, landscape, photographic sources and their imagination.

 

Italic Calligraphy 

Students will explore the formal Italic “hand” of calligraphy, which flourished during the 15th and 16th centuries in Italy and Spain.  They will become familiar with the materials of the modern day scribe while learning how to write the upper and lower case of the alphabet. Calligraphy pens, inks and markers will be used.

 

Uncial Calligraphy 

Students will explore the rounded Uncial script from the time of England’s King Arthur. Participants will be able to use their calligraphy skills to write a poem or quote of their choice. Calligraphy pens and inks will be used. 

 

Calligraphy and Its Relationship to Mathematics 

Using various calligraphy supplies, students will learn to construct letters of the Roman Capital alphabet from the reign of Emperor Trajan.  Calligraphy marker pens, protractors, rulers and triangles will be used.

 

Stamped and Printed Bookmarks 

Using various stamping materials and collage materials, students will make personalized bookmarks.

 

Illustrating Poetry

Students may either write their own poem or choose their favorite quotation/song to be illustrated using a variety of materials such as pen and ink, tissuepaper, foil papers, watercolors, colored pencils and acrylics. 

 

Writing and Illustrating a Small Book 

Students will write original stories and assemble small books consisting of their own drawings and collages with handwritten and/or computer generated text.  Colored markers, colored pencils, collage papers, and gouache paints will be utilized.

 

Beading

Students will learn how to make their own beads using rolled papers and fimo polymer baked clay. They will then use the finished beads to design and create their own strung bracelets and necklaces.

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