When I started Art Class Curator, it wasn’t even called Art Class Curator. It was me at home with my kids and working full time, trying to share my passion for teaching art history and art appreciation in a meaningful way. I imagined it would be a place for homeschoolers to find out how to teach art at home, but it soon became clear that art teachers everywhere were eager for meaningful lessons on artworks that went beyond lecture and copycat crafts. So, the blog became Art Class Curator.
I poured my energy and free hours into sharing my knowledge and teaching techniques. I wrote a blog almost everyday and heard from educators around the world. I started the Curated Connections Library (though it took me a while to find that name too). Looking back, I’m not sure how I did it. I was figuring out how to be an edupreneur, learning new skills daily and feeling thrilled and totally overwhelmed. I knew I needed help, but I didn’t expect the amazing support I now have and get to share with all of you.
Art connects us all. As a community, we’re changing art education for the better. Let’s get to know one another better so we can make sure the next generation is full of art lovers!
Each member of the team has taken the time to introduce themselves and share their own story of art connection. You can read them all here, but I’ve included a little about each below.
Meet the Team behind Art Class Curator & the Curated Connections Library
Rachel was my first hire. I needed help with design and graphics, because my collage skills were not cutting it anymore. She does graphic design work to support our online and print offerings and has helped give Art Class Curator and the Curated Connections Library its visual identity. You have no idea how hard it was to pick the new logos from her palette of remarkable choices.!
Here’s a snippet of Rachel’s art story:
Then clouds of color emerged and climbed, evoking a strong emotional response for me. Like human feelings that so often do not have distinct labels or defined edges, these multi-hued clouds billowed on top of one another, climbing through the air and into one another to become an embrace of the sky. I was undone by this, and quite surprisingly so. Keep reading here.
Madalyn was hiding right under my nose. We’d been friends since our kids were babies and she had a business of her own. She’d done a few side projects for me, so when she mentioned she had a few free hours in her work week, I asked her to spend them with me. Now she helps keep the trains running on time, answers emails, and make sure everything is working as it should.
Here’s a snippet of Madalyn’s art story:
The path to the artwork was long and empty. Even across the room, it stunned. Larger than I expected, deeper and richer than I could guess. It froze me in place as my mind imagined the intent of Death and the many possible stories of the amalgam of people. Keep reading here.
Next came Jenn. She was one of the first members of the Library. She was enthusiastic and wonderful and not too far from home. I originally hired her to reformat all of the resources in the library to a consistent template, but I soon realized her total brilliance and gave her more responsibility. With the business side of things taking up more of my time, I needed help bringing all of our new lesson plans and ideas to fruition. Now, Jenn is the driving force behind the Artwork of the Week lessons and many of the resources.
Here’s a snippet from Jenn’s art story:
Growing up, I never really had much opportunity to look at art. The closest art museum was at least 6 hours away. Also, the school I attended was too small to have art classes, so it was never something I thought about or interacted with. In college, I had the opportunity to go to Italy. While in Florence, I was told that I needed to go to the Uffizi but didn’t really know or understand what it was. We didn’t have a whole lot of time to go through the museum, so I was rushing from room to room. Keep reading here.
Katherine is the Administrative Assistant here at Art Class Curator. She’s the one you’re most likely to hear from when you email us or ask a question in the chat box. She helps us make sure every i is dotted and every t is crossed and generally makes life easier.
Here’s a snippet of Katherine’s art story:
I looked at the description card to find, once again, Paul Klee’s name printed. This moment occurred about 6-8 different times during this visit, and when we left I had a new favorite artist. It was the first time I was truly able to identify and appreciate an artist’s style, and the experience not only reenergized me that day, but also gave me a feeling I wanted to share with my students while looking at art and developing a personal relationship with it. Keep reading here.
Georgia was a long-time member of the Library when she agreed to bring her elementary skills to our lessons and resources. She’s brought an incredible, fresh perspective and I’m so happy she joined us.
Here’s a snippet of Georgia’s art story:
It was the first piece of art that HAD to be on my wall.The ethereal glow of the fairies, the entranced expression on the girl’s face, and the danger of being swept away into a world of magic and mystery–all of it captured my attention as no other artwork had ever done. I wanted to be in that painting. Keep reading here.
That’s us! Sharing art stories makes way better conversation than small talk. Share your own art story in the comments or by replying to this email so we can get to know one another.
P.S. I shared my art story too! If you haven’t heard it before, you can read it here.