Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Martha Phinney
As a naturally gifted artist, I am very inspired to share my artistic talent and knowledge with all of my Harelson students.
We have fun studying the masters and we also learn about art from around the world. We have fun with wood sculpture and clay. We love drawing animals and making animals with clay. We love abstract art and art from the imagination. We even learn to weave on a big loom!
DEFINING MOMENTS IN EDUCATION
I see myself as an art educator who inspires young students through my own talent. My goal is to provide a space for children to learn to open up within their own art world. Teaching art is about teaching children to create and to reflect on their art and on artists from around the world.
CORE EDUCATIONAL BELIEF
“I believe fine art is a critical part of education because it helps students to learn to express themselves visually, discover their creative mind and put creative thinking to practice. It also builds upon organizational skills and decision-making. Art projects are designed to inspire students with emphasis on self-expression, imagination, observation and the practice of skill and craftsmanship.”
I have been teaching art to elementary, middle school and high school students in private and public school settings for over twenty years. I was also a faculty member at the Tucson Museum of Art for eight years.
I enjoy sharing my artistic knowledge with my art students in the hope that they will develop and enjoy their own world of creative expression as I do.