Printmaking on a Budget: 15 Lesson Plans for Inexpensive Printmaking in the K-12 Classroom

       This set of 15 lesson plans was created during the months of June and July of 2009 
as part of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Undergraduate Research Internship 
funded through the University of Tennessee Office of Research.The goal of this research was to create 15 different kinds of prints using mostly found and recycled materials or economical substitutions as well as inexpensive paper making for the classroom. The inks used adhered to safety standards for school children and a press was not used for any of the lesson plans. All paper used for the projects was collected from 
recycle bins or made from recycled paper. Many of the printing plates were produced by using 
primarily recycled cardboard and Elmer's White Glue. Special thanks to Beauvais Lyons for serving as faculty advisor for the project and use of the printmaking department facilities.


Action Research: Engaging Students in Critically Thinking About and Discussing Art Through Differing Critique Methodologies


        Students in the Advanced Placement high school art classroom must be able to speak about their own work as well as engage in thinking about the work of their peers. The students had all previously in the school year participated in several informal group critiques, with students having the option to participate in the oral discussion. This study was completed through timed , anonymous rotations with students writing prompted answers to questions on the sheet in front of each piece, with each student critiquing one work at a time and each student having a piece being examined. The purpose of this study was to examine the surveys for any possible correlations between written vs. spoken, anonymous vs. identified, and informal vs. structured methodologies and their relation to student confidence and comfort in discussing their own work as well as the work of their peers. The results of this study reported that students felt more comfortable with anonymous written comments and that the structure of a written response was effective.


Thing Maker: MFA Thesis Paper

       This paper accompanies paper. Recycled paper, folded paper, sewn paper, cut paper, thesis paper.The words on this computer screen reflect the temporality of my installations and arrangements. I am drawn to the possibilities that a seemingly two dimensional plane can be transformed into the three dimensional.I am a person who does not distinguish between the lines of art and science, as both are creative fields that are based around trial and error, exploration, and pushing the boundaries of possibility. Because of this belief, I consider my works to not just be experiments in art, but my own personal experimentations of engineering, manipulating paper constructions that do not always work, but the experiment itself serves as a temporary gratification. This paper addresses my interest in installation, the disclosure of information and the source of information, the archival impulse, and the obsolescence of print.