About Our Teaching Artists
How TeachING ARTISTS are Selected
ArtsBank strives to hire the best qualified artists who are experienced as teachers. When placing teaching artists, we consider the artist’s preferred medium, education, and experience. Then, we match the teacher and projects to the needs of the students and schools.
We expect our teaching artists to work with the classroom teachers to integrate themes and ideas from the core class lessons into the art lessons. Learn more at “How to become an ArtsBank Teaching Artist.”
TeachING ARTIST Biographies
The following teaching artists have been selected for the 2016-2017 school year.
Akiko Endo, native of Tokyo, Japan, currently lives in Elkins, WV. For many years, she has practiced Origami, the folding paper art from Japan. She has taught private lessons on Origami and in the public schools in Randolph Co. She is also an aspiring oil painter. Her interests expanded to oil paintings of plants; creating abstract sculptural art with found materials such as packing strips and paper; and making baskets.
- Laurie Goux has been performing, choreographing and producing since 1981. She teaches Blues, West African, Afro-Brazilian and Caribbean dance and frequently lectures on the African roots in Appalachian culture.
Sarah Ferguson is a graduate of West Liberty in K-12 art education. She maintains her own home studio in Philippi, teaches classes for kids and adults at the Randolph County Community Arts Center and has been teaching with ArtsBank for several years. Sarah teaches a variety of mediums in her ArtsBank classes, including watercolor painting, drawing, various paper arts and much more.
Kylie Proudfoot-Payne is a resident of Barbour County and graduate of Davis & Elkins College with a BA in psychology/human services and art education. She is a landscape painter and dabbles in a variety of different art mediums. Kylie prefers to focus as a teaching artist on the elements of art with a scientific perspective while strengthening the students drawing and perceptual skills. She also teaches enviornmental oberservation and enviornmental installation art in The Earth & the Arts Program with ArtsBank.
Diana Vera is an improvisational artist by nature, and an arts educator by choice. She teaches therapeutic and healing arts through dance, visual art and creative writing. Diana is a graduate of Davis and Elkins College with a BA in Expressive Arts Therapy and has worked professionally as an actor, dancer, choreographer, costumer, vocalist and musician for over 20 years. She combines art, song, movement, creative writing and improvisation for “expressive arts tuning” to explore the creative process with her students. She also teaches movement with nature in The Earth & the Arts Program with ArtsBank.
Kevin Woodcock is a professional artist, printmaker, and adjunct professor at Davis & Elkins College. He is the print shop manager at The Art Medium Company, a local commercial art firm, and has a BA from West Virginia University and an MFA from Louisiana State University. In his ArtsBank classes, Kevin introduces high school students to various techniques of printmaking. His elementary students learn painting, drawing, and simple print techniques. He also teaches watercolor and enviornmental observation in The Earth & the Arts Program with ArtsBank.
Previous TeachING ARTISTs
- Carrie and Michael Kline are award-winning musicians and historians in the oral tradition. Michael holds a Ph. D. in folklore from Boston University and Carrie an M.A. in American studies from Syracuse University. Students learn the value of oral history and Appalachian culture by interviewing and interacting with the elderly. For more information visit their website www.folktalk.org