Hi Art Friends!!!
My name is Marcy Beaupied, and I am the one-woman show behind Project Artwork! I have taught art for eleven years, working with every age group from preschool up to 12th grade. About four years into my career as an elementary art teacher, I decided to start an after-school program for all of the children who loved art and were disappointed it was only offered once-a-week during “specials” time.
My thought was –and still is– that art should not be reserved for a special time, but rather, incorporated into everyday life.
I had previously home-schooled my son, and felt that an integrated approach to learning was best, so I desired to create a program that would use the art-making process to help students also learn about math, science, history, literature, music, and the world around them. I knew I wanted to expose students to a wide variety of artistic mediums and teach them real design concepts and techniques, while fostering and encouraging their budding creativity.
I began creating 8-week units centered around a fun, attention-grabbing theme.
Project Artwork was born, and I’ve had the privilege of seeing this program grow for eight years while working with some AMAZING students! Parents of my students repeatedly tell me that their kiddos LOVE my class and that they are amazed at what their child was able to do with my instruction.
I have always been an artist. My mother likes to say she painted my bedroom bright yellow as a baby because she heard that was the color of creativity. As a young girl growing up in Alabama, I spent a lot of time outdoors building forts and designing fairy houses out of mosses and acorns. My mother had a ceramics studio in the basement, and I loved to help her prep her greenware. My best friend and I had three passions: exploring nature, reading, and drawing, which we did obsessively. Somewhere along the way, I learned how to sew and began to teach myself how to paint and collage. When I was a teen, my family bought a flower shop and moved to sunny South Florida and I was put to work learning the art of arranging flowers, making three-dimensional, living sculptures. I honed this craft for the next 20 years, while continuing my higher education and eventually obtaining my Bachelor of Science in Education with a Specialization and Certification in Art (that’s a mouthful!) and starting my career as an elementary art teacher at a small private school.
I am largely a self-taught artist, but that seems an unfair description, because God has graciously provided many makers, teachers, and creatives along my path who have helped and encouraged me. I am still continuously learning! That is why it delights my heart to be able to work with the up-and-coming generations of young artists— they encourage and inspire me too!!
A while back, I had the opportunity to take a year and teach at the high school level. It was such a great opportunity to experience and take back to my younger Project Artwork students. I felt like knowing what the older students were capable of and what the different colleges and fine arts schools were going to require, allowed me to be more intentional about what I was bringing out in my younger students.
My philosophy as an art teacher is to help children SEE and NOTICE, to be INSPIRED by the things they see and notice, and to RESPOND CREATIVELY to what inspires them.I want my students to begin thinking compositionally–even at a young age– while working intuitively. I believe that the creative process, forces young minds to be keen observers, creative solution-finders, adept decision-makers, and hopefully thoughtful risk-takers. I believe that art helps students forge connections with other subjects they are learning in school, and that working with a wide range of materials gives them a broad repertoire of skills to play off of as they grow and mature.
My mission and goal with this blog is to provide you, the parent, with inspiration and instruction on how you can begin to encourage your own young artist at home. In the works, are a wide array of online video classes that will be patterned exactly like my live classes, with me teaching a group of different projects all centered around a fun theme. In the meantime, please explore my blog for ideas you can implement right away at home. I firmly believe creativity is cultivated one project at a time, and that messy hands make for the happiest hearts!