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Artspace Summer Arts Program Teaching Artist: Rebecca Rousseau

Spotlight on Artspace’s Teaching Artists

At the Artspace Summer Arts Program, each class is taught by creative, fun and talented artists. Follow along as they tell you a bit more about who they are and what they do.

Read on to find out more about Rebecca Rousseau, a talented artist who has taught at Artspace for ten years!

 R Rousseau headshot1) When did you know you wanted to be an artist when you grew up?

I have been creating art since I was very little, but I had to be grown up before I figured out that I needed to do art all the time! I was teaching regular education in the public schools and then later realized I really needed to teach art everywhere. I’ve been doing that for a long time now and I love it! 

2) What inspires you most about working with kids? 

I get  tremendous inspiration from teaching art to kids.  When I teach children, I like to show them the materials and give them some solid examples of our project and then direct them to create art that is their own, even if it ends up having very little to do with my demonstration.  All children are artists in my eyes.

I get  tremendous inspiration from teaching art to kids.  When I teach children, I like to show them the materials and give them some solid examples of our project and then direct them to create art that is their own, even if it ends up having very little to do with my demonstration.  All children are artists in my eyes.

Dog Portrait by Rebecca Rousseau

Dog Portrait by Rebecca Rousseau

3) What is your favorite thing about teaching at Artspace? What are you most excited about this summer?

I’ve been teaching at Artspace for almost 10 years. My favorite thing about Artspace is everything is ART! I love that the resident artists welcome our classes into their studios for inspiration and learning. I also love working with the friendly staff. It’s wonderful seeing students come back year after year because they know what great programs Artspace offers.

I’m very excited to be teaching children about Mexican art this summer. I taught school on the Mexican border and lived there for 5 years as a child and now I get to share what I learned.

Rebecca is teaching five classes at Artspace this summer.

Student work from a Rebecca Rousseau class at Artspace

Student work from a Rebecca Rousseau class at Artspace

Click on the links below for more information and to register for classes.

Sugar Skulls: The Art of Mexico for 3rd – 5th grades – June 15 – 19 – Students will create authentic Day of the Dead art with Sugar Skull paintings, sugar skull clay creations, and hand drawn sugar skulls.

Painting: Fabulous Floorcloths for 6th – 8th grades – June 22 – 26 – Be a designer and create your own usable floorcloth! Also known as oilcloth, painted carpet, common carpet, or summer floor mats, floorcloths today are used to decorate entryways, hallways, and to accentuate wood and uncarpeted floors.

Abstract Painting for 7th – 10th grades – July 27 – 31 – Explore the many ways abstract painters create dynamic paintings. In this class students will use acrylic paints to spray, stamp, splatter, scribble, and scrape paint.

Mini Mural Making for 6th – 8th grades – August 10 – 14 – Put your big art ideas on a mini mural. Using poster-sized canvas, discover the techniques behind making much larger works of art!

Learn more about Rebecca and her work: www.rebeccarousseauart.weebly.com

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