Elisabeth Herrera-Very

Elisabeth Herrera-Very

Summary Description: 

Elisabeth Herrera-Very is an artist and art educator with a decade of experience serving Title I students in metro Atlanta visual arts classrooms. Elisabeth currently works as a programming partner with Atlanta Contemporary creating educational experiences to promote inclusivity and access to contemporary art resources. Her art-making practice focuses on work made to repurpose existing materials in unusual ways. She holds a BS in Art Education from Missouri State University and a MA in Art Education from Boston University, where she researched the inclusion of social justice issues in early elementary art settings. Elisabeth is quite familiar with the ever-changing teaching trends and practices utilized in Georgia classrooms and has absolute comfort planning lessons, conducting demonstrations, and managing students who have varied interests and ability levels. Her approach to teaching visual arts is student-focused, utilizing activities that give students a voice to share their viewpoint while creating something they will find meaningful. She is eager to work with schools to provide contemporary arts programming. Because many art teachers are not well-versed in contemporary art practices and working artists, Elisabeth would love to create integrated curriculum resources to bridge the gap in knowledge and make contemporary art more accessible for Georgia youth. Her artistic strengths include bookmaking, printmaking (block printing, mono-printing, Gelli printing), and ceramic hand-building. Her teaching strengths include group work, critique and exhibition of student work, and interactive art installation.

Arts Disciplines:   Visual Art, Storytelling  

Core Content Curriculum Areas:  Visual art 

Specialized Content Areas:  Literacy, STEAM, Anti-bullying, World Cultures, Character Education, ELL (English Language Learners), Arts Integration 

Grade Levels: Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12  

Special Populations:  At-Risk Students, ELL (English Language Learners), Special Needs Students, Gifted Students

Pre-Service Learning and Professional Development:  Post-Secondary/Pre-Service Learning, Professional Development for Teaching Artists, Professional Development for K-12 Teachers  

Geographic Availability:  Metro Atlanta  

Program Fees:

  • Artist fees – $75 per hour long workshop, $350 per day long residency, $2000 per week long residency
  • Material fees – $50 per group of up to 35 participants (fees reduced or waved if materials provided by partnering institution)
  • Travel fees – $50 up to 75 miles outside of metro Atlanta, $150 per day for further than 75 miles outside of metro Atlanta 

Artistic Profile:    

My artist practice involves using reclaimed materials in unique ways. Utilizing techniques and processes based in book making, printmaking, jewelry making, and found object assemblage, I transform discarded items such as packaging and promotional materials into art objects which embody storytelling processes. I also explore utilization of natural materials in textiles, creating natural dye, anthotypes, and outdoor sculptural experiences. 

Teaching Experience:   

I am an art educator with nine years of public school visual arts experience. I have been an art teacher for numerous metro Atlanta districts and have also spent several years working in a charter school setting. I have experience teaching all grade levels PK-12 and specialize in working with the youngest students in the primary grades. I have earned two degrees in art education, gifted certification, pursued IB training, and hold a T-5 educator certificate from Georgia PSC. Currently, I have taken a step back from public school teaching to work alongside community organizations to create educational programming. 

I have a very formal teaching experience and training. I spent my near-decade as a public school art teacher in service to Title-1 students across all grade levels K-12. I am more than familiar with the ever-changing teaching trends and practices utilized in Georgia classrooms, well versed in the Georgia Standards of Excellence. I have absolute comfort planning lessons, conducting demonstrations, and managing classrooms full of students who have varied interests and ability levels in the arts, all while collaborating with my fellow teachers and school administration. I also have experience working with community organizations providing educational services and artful programming, as well as after school art enrichment. My approach to teaching visual arts is very student-focused. I love to plan activities that give students a voice to share their viewpoint while creating something they will find meaning in a relevant way. These types of activities are usually successful due to the combination of careful planning and flexibility throughout the process.

Sample Programs:    

1. Looking Through History: Tunnel books for historical narrative
Art Form: Visual Arts, story telling
Content area: Social Studies/Art integration 
Grade level: easily adjusted for any grade 
Students served: 30 max
Program Length: 4 45-minute sessions would be ideal, can be easily adjusted for more or less time
Description: take a deeper look through a historical event by creating a tunnel book. Participants will create a 3-Dimensional book based on a historical event by analyzing important details and creating visual representations of varying events.
Facility requirements: classroom environment and basic materials (paper, scissors, glue, collage, reference materials)

2. Looking Through History: Tunnel books for historical narrative
Art Form: collage, story telling
Content area: Visual Arts, Literacy 
Grade level: easily adjusted for any grade 
Students served: 30 max
Program Length: 1-2 45-minute to hour long sessions
Description: Students tell a personal story or share a message using collage techniques. Lesson framework is built around the work of Atlanta-based contemporary artist Lillian Blades. 
Facility requirements: Virtual workshop: session can be held virtually over zoom with all materials provided by the workshop’s participants. In-person workshop: classroom environment and basic materials (paper, scissors, glue, collage, reference materials)

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