Laura Mitchell Educator BIOGRAPHY
Laura Mitchell holds an MFA in Visual Arts & Design, and is a passionate educator who has taught visual art and music to students ages 1-91, from primary school to the university level. She works with Universities, Early Learning, During and After-School Programs, and Arts & Community Centers to develop curriculum, syllabi, and course offerings that maximize the potential to serve both the presenting organization and the student population.
::: University :::
Below images from 2 University courses: Sculpture and Fundamentals of Art.
::: Young People & “Kids On Canvas” :::
Kids On Canvas: Sample School Proposal
::: Community Projects :::
Laura also has experience concepting and writing grant proposals. Some of them fund her studio projects. Laura write and won this grant to fund Beaconsfield Primary School to develop a renewable energy “Steampunk Phoenix” concept for Fremantle Parade, 2015. They won first place, providing the school with additional prize money. This project also won 1st Place in the annual Remida Art Center Awards for Recycled Art.
::: Adult: Arts Center Courses & Awards Judging :::
Laura is as fluent in teaching adults as she is with children, youth and University students. With a background in art history and arts management, she is well versed in judging arts awards and competitions. With her background in art directing, including branding & marketing, and art for e-business applications, Laura can help concept course syallabi to better serve the needs and desires of student bodies for arts organizations in any community.
::: Selected Previous Course Designs :::
Please request consultation to develop specific curriculum to best serve your organizationand student body needs
PAINTING in Oils and Acrylics: any range of specific topics can be offered from stylistic approaches to technical experimentation with mediums.
DADA & Recycled Art: explore creativity and support sustainability by integrating found objects into your own art piece like the Dada-ists! Help save the environment by transforming trash into art! Class sessions could include exploratory foraging in outside locations, and scour your house, local thrift stores. and junk yards. For students interested in sculpture, explore binding and attachment methods with your objects. For students interested in 2d art, explore “plein air” sketching, photography, rubbings and flat objects to return with to the studio.
- Illuminated Drawing: same process as “Migrant: Illuminated Text Sculpture” but with students select their own motif. Using EL (electroluminescence) wire, a predecessor of LED lights, create a sculptural wall hanging or freestanding form with a subtle luminescence for moody spaces. Materials Fee includes armature wire and EL wire. Number of course participants required in advance for acquisition of adequate materials.
- Experimental drawing & Practical Applications: select an image to be used in the exploration of line through the use of traditional and non-traditional mediums, not only 2-dimensional but 3- dimensional. Select one or more drawings for documentation and preparation into one of the following: archival quality fine art print, screen printing/application onto fabric, filigree artwork cut into variety of supports. Instructor can recommend software choices and instruct in digital file prep but non-digital engagement in the course
Expressive Type Through Mixed Media: From Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts, to Duchamp and the Dada-ists, to Imants Tillers, to Banksy, text has rich history in visual arts. Explore the semiotics of text, image, and how meaning changes when combined. Bring a selection of text with an associated image that resonates for you. Use mixed media painting process to create a layered canvas or filigree paper design that illuminates your concept. Experimentation can include stencilling/masking, dripping, spraying, and collage. Explore hand drawn and typographic approaches such as graffiti/cartoon and script, contrasting with machine-age type: serif vs. sans serif, tracking, leading, and alignment.
Typography: explore the masters from the Bauhaus to modern day typographers. Typographic principals covered in all mediums and applications as desired by students from Very Large to Very Small Scale.
From Pollack to Banksy: explore concepts of colour theory, and create a drip background in the tradition of American painter Jackson Pollack. Then learn one of the core techniques of abstraction in through finding the essence of an image with the goal of stencil making. Explore stencilling and masking in creating a foreground image on the drip texture background.
The Art of Filigree, or Stencilling: embark upon a journey of distilling an object or image into it’s essence. Arrive at a bold design to be used as a stand alone image, then learn how to modify it for the purpose of “cutting out of”, “masking”, or “stencilling onto” any support, including metal, paper, wood, plastics, and canvas.
DADA ACYRLICS: Mixed Media Painting & Experimental Supports
Create the look of oil painting with acrylics, or emphasize the contemporary nature of the medium. Explore experimental techniques more quickly with this fast drying medium: collage, glazing, impasto, the use of mediums and thickeners, stencilling and masking. Explore alternative supports to traditional canvas and board including gesso techniques of the masters, metal, plastics, raw timber, found objects and assemblage.
Pop Art and it’s Offspring: Urban & Low-Brow Art – exploration of historical and contemporary masters in the field, including the use of experimental supports and venues (concrete/brick walls and pavement, raw wood, metal, perspex, recovered waste). Create your own mural, street art concept, or pop art image or object through the use of stencils, drips, aerosols, stylisation of imagery both text and image, 2 and 3 dimensional “found object” collage.
TEENS: Type with Attitude (Mixed Media)
Bring a phrase, quote, word, or even a social media post that means something to you along with an associated image. Use mixed media painting process to create a layered canvas or filigree paper design that illuminates your concept. Experimentation can include stencilling/masking, dripping, spraying, and collage. Explore hand drawn and typographic approaches such as graffiti/cartoon and script, contrasting with machine-age type: serif vs. sans serif, tracking, leading, and alignment.
Color Theory & “Colorist” Painting: Explore principals of colour theory including making your own extensive colour wheel, explore the “Colorist” and “Fauvist” masters, then create 3 of your own exciting work comparing 3 aspects of colour theory.
Kitchen Printmaking (extended syllabi available upon request): Perfect for children and adults love them too: explore fun and easy printmaking techniques: monoprinting, vegetable printing, collagraph, sinoprinting, Dala sun dye printing, drypoint. Silkscreen and Linoprinting available depending upon availability/purchase of special equipment.
Artist Book Making
Hybrid Media Installation Art