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TAKING THE NEXT STEP - My Art Education, Part 4

One of my primary goals in my artistic development has been to develop my skills to a level that would equip me to create anything my mind could conceive. At NYU I was still an Art Education major and some of my required study was preparation for teaching. I was already an experienced and effective teacher and I knew that developing my creative skills further would help both me and the students I taught, so I decided to transfer to an art school where my primary focus would be creating the art. Pratt Institute was a far reach but they accepted me into the Fine Arts program and I thrived there. It was an exciting environment with high performing students from all over the country and the world. There was so much to learn, and I had talented teachers who were interested in seeing me develop. By that time, I was a married woman with a 3-year-old son. Preparing to enter Pratt, I was fortunate to find there was an excellent daycare just across the street from Higgins Hall, where the painting students' studios were located. This freed me to spend the day creating while Jonathan was being taught and cared for by excellent people. It was a great privilege to be in graduate school at this point in my life and I didn’t take it lightly. I worked hard and produced prolific amounts of paintings, etchings, and collagraphs. It was at Pratt that I learned the collagraph process from a guy named Edward Coffin. One day I ran across him creating a collagraph in the printmaking studio and asked him what he was doing. He generously educated me on his entire process. I have enjoyed working with the process ever since, exploring new ways of transforming papers, boards and everyday objects into intaglio prints. I wish I could find Edward Coffin today and say thanks again for introducing me to the collagraph which has become one of my primary processes. To see more of my collagraphs click on the Portfolio link above and select collagraphs.

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