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Artspace Summer Arts Program Teaching Artist: Anna Podris

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.

Find out more about Anna Podris, an Artspace Studio Artist who is teaching three classes at the Artspace Summer Arts Program this summer.

IMG_29311) When did you know you wanted to be an artist when you grew up?

Although I made art from the time I was a kid, I didn’t decide to pursue a career in the arts until high school. I was taking an arts class at school and I got really into drawing and painting as a means of self expression. I noticed I was enjoying it a lot more than algebra or economics, and I decided to follow my instincts!

2) What inspires you most about working with kids? 

I love working with kids because they rarely get stuck for an idea. I love how fresh and expressive their work is. I love how each student interprets the assignment differently.

Student Work from Anna's Class

Student Work from Anna’s Class

I love guiding kids through the whole process of creation from the idea phase to the visual problem solving in putting together a composition. The best part is when a kid surpasses what they thought they were capable of and surprise themselves. It’s a confidence builder!

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

I love teaching at Artspace because of the excellent resources. If the project we are doing suddenly takes an unexpected turn, Artspace is so responsive with getting me the supplies I need. It comes from the program having been established in the community for so long. This allows the class so much more freedom.

Student work from Anna's Class

Student work from Anna’s Class

Anna is teaching three classes at Artspace this summer. Find out more and register  now!

Sewing on Canvas for 6th – 8th grades – June 15 – 19 – Using embroidery techniques and painting, students will create unique embellished artworks on canvas. Students will also learn to stretch their own canvas, creating art that is ready to hang on their walls!

Nature Sketchbook for 3rd – 5th grades – June 22 – 26 – Learn to draw and paint forest animals, trees, and plants. The class will make a special trip to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences to study and sketch forest creatures.

Encaustics for 7th – 10th grades – July 6 – 10 – Explore a unique style of art-making. Students will learn the encaustic style of painting, which involves the use of melted wax to create beautiful artworks.

To learn more about Anna and her artwork, please visit her website: www.annapodris.com

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