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Section 100.5 of the Commissioner Regulations 100.5 specifies that all students in New York State must complete one unit of credit in the arts as part of the requirements for a high school diploma.
New York State Learning Standards for the Arts for the three levels
Classes I teach at James I. O'Neill High School:
Studio in Art
Ceramics/Sculpture I & II
Highland Falls Intermediate School
Art Grades 7&8
I graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College summa cum laude (BA Fine Arts Education) certified Art K-12, wih a minor in Art Therapy, and Fordham University summa cum laude (MS Counseling and Personnel Services) certified School Counselor.
My main college interests were (BA) Ceramics/Sculpture, Art History, Photography, 3-dimensional design, Printmaking (wood and copper engraving), silversmithing/jewelry making, Painting, Drawing, Psychology, Art Therapy, (MS) Art as Therapy, Neuropsychology, Counseling, and Women's Issues. I conducted field research in Art Therapy, performed individual counseling and facilitated group counseling. I have done clinical research in eating disorders, suicide prevention and intervention, anxiety, phobias, and taken workshops in Critical Incident Stress Management and Art Therapy.
I have exhibited 2 & 3 dimensional works at Hopper House Gallery, Rockland Center for the Arts, Arts Council of Rockland, St. Thomas Aquinas College, and worked as a docent at Piermont Flywheel Gallery and other area galleries. I have also taught adult education courses in painting and drawing.
I have served on various Congressional committees: Educational Advisory Committee and Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee, Women's Forum, Gala Ball Committee. I have been nominated to Who's Who of America's Teachers several years in a row and Who's Who in American Business Women.
My personal interests include horses, hiking, nature, photography (nature and natural abstracts are favorites), playing the piano, reading/writing, music, drawing, painting, 3-dimensional works, gardening, art and history museums, genealogy, animal welfare, psychology/art therapy, latest developments in veterinary research, equine wellness. I enjoy spending time with my horses, pets, family, and friends.
PLEASE view this video on Postive Youth Development: Carol Dweck -- A Study on Praise and Mindsets
This something that we, as parents or teachers, can implement immediately -- then see the results, as shown in this study.
Thoughts to ponder-
Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist. Edward Hopper
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way--things I had no words for. Georgia O'Keeffe
I realized that all the really good ideas I'd ever had came to me while I was milking a cow. So I went back to Iowa. Grant Wood
The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting. Vincent Van Gogh