Caldera is offering a unique professional development opportunity for middle and high school teachers in Central Oregon and Portland on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31. Our Teacher Training Symposium brings Arts Integration Specialists and Instructors to Caldera to teach workshops on arts instruction along with techniques for teaching and integrating the arts with science, history, English, technology, and math.
Workshop classes in photography, painting, ceramics, printmaking, and animation will be taught by Oregon College of Art and
Meals, workshops, and overnight accommodations are available free of charge. (Preference for overnight accommodations are given to teachers from Warm Springs and Portland.) Space is limited so reserve early. There is a non-refundable $35 reservation fee. If four teachers from the same school register, the 5th teacher reservation fee is free. To register, please contact Alisha Orefice at 503-937-3062 or by email at Alisha.Orefice@CalderaArts.org
Dylan Beck – Ceramics Department Head, OCAC
Dylan Beck is a ceramic artist, sculptor, and educator. He studied sculpture and ceramics at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Upon receiving his BFA in Ceramics, he was awarded a Post Baccalaureate Fellowship at Illinois State University. In 2006, he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to attend Tyler School of Art, Temple University for graduate school where he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree. Beck’s research focuses on the built environment, including concepts dealing with urban development, the information infrastructure, and the economic, social, and psychological effects of living in a super-modern world.
Emily Nachison – Fibers Department Head, OCAC
Emily Nachison is a multi-media artist. She received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006 and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2010. Nachison has had numerous solo exhibitions and has been included in multiple group shows across the country. In 2013 she received an Artistic Focus Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council in Portland, Oregon.
Michelle Ross – Drawing and Painting Department Head, OCAC
Michelle Ross received her MFA in painting and drawing from Washington State University, Pullman, in 1994, and her BFA in painting from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, in 1987. Her work is concerned with the placement and effect of fragments. Interested in a physical response to form, color and space she operates with the premise that certain arrangements of these simple elements can evoke clearly felt and understood experiences beyond language. Distance, proximity, isolation and repetitive structures of order are utilized as both comforting and alienating. She is convinced that these experiences can be socially powerful and that painting can be a sign, a reminder of this.
Her work has been exhibited and curated in print around the United States and in Europe, including by Jennifer Blessing at the Guggenheim, New York; Lowery Sims, of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, Jessica Morgan at the Tate, London, the Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon; Nine Gallery, Portland, Oregon; New Mexico State University, Las Cruces; Rome International University, Italy; and Barrett House Galleries, Poughkeepsie, New York. She has been an artist-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome, Italy; New Mexico State University, Las Cruces; and Vermont Studio Center, among others. Ross has received numerous grants and honors, including an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship; a Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant; an Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant; and a Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, Juror’s Award. She is a professor at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland. Ross is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon.
– Photography Department Head, OCAC
Mark Rupert holds a BFA from Ohio University and an MFA from the University of Oregon. Mark was awarded an OCAC faculty artist residency for the summer of 2005 to continue his examination of contemporary human interaction with the landscape through the use of historic photographic equipment and processes.
Taylor Neitzke – Hollywood Theatre
Taylor Neitzke is a multimedia educator and visual artist. As an educator her mission is to offer the artistic process as a tool for young people to connect to themselves, one another and their community. Her passion for amplifying youth voices led her to the Hollywood Theatre, where she manages educational programming and develops art integration curricula and resources. She co-created the Stories in Movement program which received national recognition in the New York Times. She has taught at various schools and institutions in the Portland area including the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home, Catlin Gable School and Open Meadow Schools. An alumnus of the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Neitzke holds a BFA with a focus in Intermedia. Her experimental films have screened in numerous Portland locations including BoomBap and the Clinton Street Theatre.
Ryan Woodring – Hollywood Theatre
Ryan Woodring is a visual effects artist who packed his life into a car in 2013 to move from Pittsburgh to Portland in order to work on Laika’s “The Boxtrolls.” His own artwork, which he shows in galleries both locally and nationally, is inspired by his career in the film and animation industry. Originally from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Ryan attended Carnegie Mellon University, where he graduated with Time-Based Art and French Studies degrees in 2010.
Perrin Boyd – Arts Integration Specialist with focus in theatre arts
Perrin Boyd utilizes her Masters of Arts in Teaching and her experience as a clown with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus to provide quality educational experiences. Perrin excels at curriculum collaborations, new projects that allow the teachers, the students and her to grow. Her passion is enabling children to realize their creative potential in an environment rich with diverse learning opportunities.
Kit Stafford – Arts Integration Specialist and artist, writer, dancer, and teacher of creative arts (all disciplines)
Kit Stafford hosts a vast variety of collaborative projects that bring community together. At Sisters Middle School she teaches Americana classes which are a rich combination of studies, from guitar playing and songwriting to quilting, pottery, painting, baking and exploring folk arts of early American times. ARTS Discovery is a program she offers for underserved middle school youth. Her students experience many forms of art through hands-on workshops where they are directed toward becoming leaders in their own very challenging lives. Kit also directs Camp Sunrise, a Hospice camp for grieving children. She is deeply involved in work with the Sisters Folk Festival, including its educational outreach and community celebrations.
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