Visiting Artist Series ~ Jackson Elementary School / by Oran Miller

This Spring, I had the distinct honor to teach art to a very fine crop of students at Jackson Elementary School in ElDorado Hills, California, as a part of the Visiting Artist Series created by Arts & Culture El Dorado County. With three different classrooms for each grade and twenty-five students in each group, I was able to connect with 225 students, their teachers, and school staff as part of a Visiting Professional Artist Program, created in conjunction with Arts & Culture ElDorado County. Reflecting my own breadth of art experience, I delivered three varrying 1-hour projects each in; Collage to the 1st graders, Nature Observation & Drawing/Watercolors to the 3rd graders, and Printmaking/Embossing to the 5th graders. There is NOTHING like being greeted and thanked gleefully by a bunch of art-loving, excited youngsters. I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed every moment from beginning to end. Plus, I got to live my dream of wearing a tie to work every day!

Abraham Lincoln  ~ Paper Tissue Collage ~ Group Project comprised of 24 individual squares, 40” x 60”

Abraham Lincoln ~ Paper Tissue Collage ~ Group Project comprised of 24 individual squares, 40” x 60”

Nature drawing  with found objects in ink

Nature drawing with found objects in ink

Teaching Nature Drawing outside

Teaching Nature Drawing outside

Paper tissue  collage hearts

Paper tissue collage hearts

Embossed,  3-color monoprint , 12” x 12”

Embossed, 3-color monoprint, 12” x 12”

Jacqueline Kennedy  ~ Paper Tissue Collage ~ Group Project comprised of 24 individual squares, 40” x 60”

Jacqueline Kennedy ~ Paper Tissue Collage ~ Group Project comprised of 24 individual squares, 40” x 60”

Paper tissue  collage rainbows

Paper tissue collage rainbows

Drawing in ink with Sawgrass

Drawing in ink with Sawgrass

Here’s how you do it!

Here’s how you do it!

Nice work!

Nice work!

Nature drawing  with found objects in ink

Nature drawing with found objects in ink

Plate-making with natural objects and Mod Podge

Plate-making with natural objects and Mod Podge

Embossed,  3-color monoprint , 12” x 12”

Embossed, 3-color monoprint, 12” x 12”

Making embossing plates

Making embossing plates

Theodor Geisel, Dr. Seuss  ~ Paper Tissue Collage ~ Group Project comprised of 24 individual squares, 40” x 60”

Theodor Geisel, Dr. Seuss ~ Paper Tissue Collage ~ Group Project comprised of 24 individual squares, 40” x 60”

A little demonstration…

A little demonstration…

Finished pieces.

Finished pieces.

Haven’t been happier at work in a long, long time!

Haven’t been happier at work in a long, long time!