I moved around a lot as a child so I truly appreciate what our military children have to deal with. I was born in Ohio, and raised in Illinois, Kansas, New Jersey, and Michigan. I graduated from TCNJ with a certificate in Art Education back in 1990, and did most of my fine arts studies in Japan on a student exchange at Kansai Gaidai University. I worked at Eden Institute for a time with autistic teens and adults. My first official teaching job was in Wildwood NJ, then I made the dramatic move to Alexandria Egypt where I taught for 2 years before coming to Northern Burlington. I am also an artist with work in some nice collections, including the Obama White House.
I currently teach Art 1, sculpture, Art 3 and 4. I have taught ceramics in previous years. My classroom approach has been awarded by the AENJ as 2015’s best High School Art Teacher in the state of NJ. My lessons and assessments are published and used around the world. My blog, followed by more than 7000 art educators weekly, shares my unique approach to art education.
In my class all projects are designed with a connection to the student’s point of view. Part of every project grade incorporates personal connections. So though there may be a specific assignment, the individual projects will look very different from each other. I do not follow a “make-and-take” cookie-cutter model. Art is meant to be self expressive, so every project will incorporate its maker. Art is also connected to core content areas like Math, Science, History, ets. So that too is an important component.
In at class when we grid, measure, and draw—we use geometry. When we make sculptures—we use engineering. When we mix colors—we reveal information about physics. When we create illustrations for stories—we learn about literature. When we review the styles of art from da Vinci to Banksy—we teach history. When we teach ceramics—we teach chemistry. When we write about art—we strengthen writing skills. When we create works of art, we solve complex visual problems in creative ways. Art is the meeting place of all subjects. Even if you will never be an artist, the skills you will take from my classes will help you in any chosen field. Creative problem solving is what employers highly value.
Personally, I love to travel, and continue my search for the perfect pizza where ever that takes me. If I am not at school, you’ll find me running The Firehouse Gallery in Bordentown, or writing books for Firehouse Publications.
Parents can contact me through the schools email system through Egibbons@nburlington.com