Alyson Thiel
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Art Education

With over 15 years of experience of educating and working alongside children and teenagers, I have a strong passion for art education. I believe that everyone is inherently creative, and I strive to foster this innate sense of creativity in nurturing children to become lifelong artists. By drawing from my own understanding as a trained visual artist and utilizing Reggio and exploration-based philosophies, I bring a unique artistic perspective to the art classroom.

My recent experience with children includes my residency with the Louisville Public Library’s COLLIDER Program, as well as Louisville Visual Art’s Children’s Fine Art Class program, Virginia Chance School, and the Carnegie Center’s Family Fun program. If you are interested in having me provide a unique art experience to your school or organization, or to offer one-on-one or workshop classes or lessons to your child, please contact me! 

I also have a passion for teaching adults, and offer workshops in paper flower-making. Please contact me if you are interested in inviting me to hold a paper flower class for you and your group/organization!

Workshop Experience and Offerings:

Preschool and Young Elementary Workshops (ages 2-7) 

Handbuilding and Glazing with Kiln-fired ceramics
Reggio-inspired free-play exploration with air-dry clay
Sensory free-play painting
Structured Reggio-inspired observational painting
Recycled materials construction (robots, cities, abstract forms)
Printmaking (monoprinting, stamping, block printing, screenprinting)
Papercraft (paper flower making, pop-up cards, 3d paper sculpture)
Observational drawing with pencil, charcoal, marker, and pen
Free-play sensory drawing with charcoal, marker, and pen
Large-scale “messy” painting with nontraditional tools (mops, spray bottles, sponges, flyswatters, etc)
Themed art workshops and camps (dirt/messy, art and music, storytelling, animals)

Older Elementary, Adolescent, and Adult Workshops

Formal 2D instruction (perspective, design, composition, drawing, painting in watercolor, acrylic, and oil, color theory, etc)
Paper Flower-making (workshops for older children and adults)
Mail art (designing envelopes, cards, lettering, collaborative mail art)
Handbuilding and glazing with kiln-fired and air-dry ceramics
Jewelry making (knots, metal stamping, beading)
Abstract and free-form 2D instruction (collage, process painting, etc)
Printmaking (monoprinting, screenprinting)
Simple bookmaking

Teaching Experience

Workshop Instructor, KMAC Museum, Louisville, KY
Artist-in-Residence, Louisville Free Public Library, Louisville, KY
Enrichment and Camp Instructor, Virginia Chance School, Louisville KY
Workshop Instructor, Macy’s Oxmoor, Louisville, KY
Studio Facilitator and Workshop Instructor, Side by Side Studio, Louisville KY
Teaching Artist, Louisville Visual Art Children’s Fine Art Classes, Louisville KY
Instructor, Family Fun Art and Craft Workshop, Carnegie Center for Art and History, New Albany IN
Preschool Assistant, Virginia Chance School, Louisville KY
Artist-in-Residence and Instructor, Kidstreet Children’s programming, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago IL
Teaching Artist, Artreach at Lillstreet Outreach program, Chicago IL
Au Pair, the Guichard family, Chambery, France
Childcare and Preschool Assistant, Children’s Center of Mercer County, Hermitage PA
Art Studio Manager and Instructor, Farm Arts Camp, Towanda PA


How can I bring Art Education to you and your organization or family?

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