Upcoming Events and Workshops

There’s something in the works - from workshops and exhibitions to presentations and art retreats. Find out what I’ll be up to and where I’ll be.



Layer By Layer
Round Hill Arts Center, Round Hill, VA

Sunday, September 21, 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Immerse yourself in the art of mixed-media layering, and dive into a wide range of techniques for creating rich layers in your work. The focus of this workshop is on exploring the possibilities of layering materials, ideas, and images as you explore how to build up color and texture using watercolor, water-soluble pencil, ink and more. You’ll learn to incorporate personal themes and ideas as you experiment with collage, image transfers, and text to develop your work. Don’t worry if it seems like a lot, we’ll take it layer by layer, and you’ll see just how easy it is to create work with depth and richness.

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Artful Layers
Art and Soul - Ocean City, MD

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Immerse yourself in the art of mixed media layering, and delve deeply into a wide range of techniques for creating artful layers in your work. The focus of this workshop is on exploring the possibilities of layering materials, ideas, and images and incorporating personal themes, ideas, and images. Explore how to build up color and texture using transparent media like watercolors and water-soluble pencil. Experiment with collage, image transfers, and personal text to develop themes. Learn to embellish and enhance elements to draw out focus and detail, and walk away with a variety of richly layered work.


Beyond Blank Pages
Art and Soul - Ocean City, MD

Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Challenge your notions of what a book can be and how pages can relate to one another, and engage in a wide range of artmaking and writing activities to weave a visual and written narrative. Transform blank pages into a unified artistic vision as you explore the layering of materials, ideas, and themes. Consider how colors, images, and words can figuratively and literally flow among, across, and through your pages as you change and manipulate the structure of pages with pockets, pop-ups, tears, cutouts, widows, foldouts, and more. Bring your own store bought or hand bound journal or sketchbook, and explore the possibilities for transforming it into a vessel for your creativity.

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Monster Maker Workshop
Art and Soul - Ocean City, MD

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Unleash your mad scientist in this fun mixed media workshop as you bring a variety of creatures of the imagination to life. Learn to conceptualize and create cute and cuddly, or scary and menacing monsters with pencil, ink, paint, collage, and polymer clay. Build your creations from stock parts or invent your own. Customize your monsters with a variety of details, textures, and accessories, and walk away with your own menagerie of little beasts. Evil laugh optional.

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Paper Engineering: Creating Cross-Curricular Connections
VAEA 2019 Fall Conference - Harrisonburg, VA

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 3:20 - 5:10 PM
Friday, November 8, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:50 PM

Come and experience an engaging paper engineering lesson that focuses on cross curricular connections. This hands-on workshop models an effective student-centered approach for engaging your students in paper engineering and sculpture as they connect to other curricular areas. Not only will you walk away with a practical lesson that you can readily implement in your classroom, you will also leave with a framework for transforming other lessons into ones where students create connections, delve deeper into their innate creativity, and use critical thinking skills as they develop original ideas.


Finding the Sweet Spot on the Pedagogy Continuum
VAEA 2019 Fall Conference - Harrisonburg, VA

Friday, November 8, 2019, 2:45 - 3:35 PM

Come and find your sweet spot where students are engaged in authentic ways and are allowed to have more choice without the chaos. Whether you’re simply curious about choice-based art education or you’re looking to shift your whole curriculum, this presentation aims to dispel the misconceptions that many have about choice and authentic artmaking experiences within the art room. Receive a variety of classroom tested concepts and strategies to help you shift toward a more student-centered approach. Walk away with insight into how you can hone your curriculum to honor student choice but also meet the standards.

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One Size Does Not Fit All: Developing Student Voice and Agency
VAEA 2019 Fall Conference - Harrisonburg, VA

Saturday, November 9, 2019, 1:45 - 2:35 PM

Discover simple strategies for helping your students develop their authentic voice and a sense of agency as they create personally relevant art that speaks to their individual and unique narratives. Traditional, teacher-based art lessons come up short in engaging all students in meaningful ways, and students that don’t fit the mainstream can feel excluded and left out. Learn to help your students tap into a wealth of meaning, and walk away with a variety of strategies and exercises that will help you engage with your students as unique individuals with valuable personal stories and interesting perspectives.


Keynote Speaker
Georgia Art Education Association 2019 Fall Conference - Young Harris, GA

Calling all Georgia Art Teachers! Join David and me at the GAEA conference where we will present a keynote talk as well as a couple of hands-on workshops.