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Ellen S.


UW Madison,
B.F.A. in Fine Arts

University of Iowa,
M.A. in Fine Arts

Univesrity of Iowa,
M.F.A. in Fine Arts

Professional Experience

Teaching Artist
Brooklyn, New York, 08/16 - Present

Teaching Artist
Brooklyn, New York, 02/18 - Present

Adjunct Professor, College of Mount Saint Vincent
Bronx, NY, 01/15 - Present

Education Specialist, Dia:Beacon
Beacon, NY, 08/14 - Present

Visiting Professor, UW-Madison
Madison, WI, 08/12 - 05/13

Private Lessons for Kennedy Swim Academy
Iowa City, IA, 05/11 - 08/12

Lecturer, University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA, 09/09 - 05/12

About me

I am an artist, educator and teaching artist with experience working with a variety of age groups. Throughout my endeavors, I have experience teaching art, art appreciation, and art history to middle-school, high-school and college age groups (ages 11-22). I have recently taught workshops for kids of all ages through the Center for Arts Education and the Sports and Arts in Schools foundation.

I have a passion for education and working with children of all ages! I have a calm, warm, yet assertive presence that provides a caring and creative environment while giving the structure to keep kids safe and attended to developmentally. My experience as a teacher allows me to give excellent help with homework as well!

I also spent several years teaching swimming lessons to children of all ages, but primarily ages 2-12. I have both a license and a car, and also love all pets.

I urge creativity, and love to find activities for kids that empower them as individuals. I believe the importance of arts education cannot be overstated, and I love to create engaging activities for kids and spend lots of time outside.

I have professional child care experience with...

  • Infants
  • Toddlers
  • Preschoolers
  • School-aged (K-5)
  • Preteen
  • Teenagers

I will be SmartSitting while...

When I am not working with students/kids, I am in my studio painting. I also love to go and view art, go running, watch films and cook!

In 5 years, I hope to be...

Sustaining my work as an educator and as a professional artist in the NYC area.

Activities & skills I love to teach & share with children...

I love to share my creative skills and mentality with the children I spend time with. I love hands-on activities that keep them engaged with the world around them. I also love to swim and used to teach private swimming lessons. During the summertime I love to spend time around water, if possible! Again, I love to stay active with children.

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