About the Educator

Welcome to my Art Education blog!

My name is Ashley Norman and I’m the Artist Educator at Coastal Ridge Elementary School (CRES), York, ME.  

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I grew up in Chelmsford, MA and am the oldest of six children.

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(Here I am with my brothers, sisters, and adorable niece.)

I love to travel and have had the opportunity to photograph, travel, and explore parts of: Egypt, Italy, Sweden, Canada, and over half of the United States.

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Here I am with my lovely partner Dan during one of our adventures.

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(Dan and I during our visit to the Redwood Forest of Northern California.)

I have wanted to be an art teacher since I was 13.  

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(Weilding a camera at age 4.)

In 2007 I received a BFA in Art Education from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt), Boston, MA.  Before teaching at CRES I spent three years at Lowell High School, Lowell, MA teaching: Drawing, Studio Art, Ceramics, and Darkroom Photography.   Along with my experience in public schools, I have also taught in various other settings: private lessons, after-school programs, camps, and courses through the Continuing Education department at MassArt.  Currently I am pursuing a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Interdisciplinary Art at MassArt. 

When I’m is not making or teaching art I can be found doing yoga, crafting, blogging, cooking, traveling, and participating in various community building initiatives.
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Certification

  • Teacher License​, Maine, Visual Art K-12 Feb 2013
  • InitialTeacher License​, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Visual Art PreK-12 Jan 2007

Education

  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design​, Boston, MA 2013 – Present, MFA Candidate in Interdisciplinary Contemporary Art
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design​, Boston, MA Fall 2003 – Spring 2007 BFA in Art Education
  • Fitchburg State College,​Lowell, MA Fall 2007-Spring 2009 Graduate courses through the Lowell Teacher Academy.
  • Lesley University​, Cambridge, MA Fall 2008 Nonprofit Leadership Series Workshop
  • Yoga Teacher Certification​, Asheville Yoga Center, Asheville, NC May 2012 200 Hour & Prenatal certifications, as well as a specialization in Childrenʼs Yoga and Meditation.

Teaching Experience

  • Coastal Ridge Elementary School​, York, ME, Art Educator Sep 2012 – Present Developed and implemented Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) method curriculum in grades 2-4.
  • Asheville City Schools​, Asheville, NC, Substitute Teacher Dec 2010 – May 2012 Substitute taught Pre K-12 specializing in Art. Long-term substitute in Ceramics at Asheville High School.
  • Roots + Wings School of Art​, Asheville, NC, Community Art Educator Nov 2011 – May 2012 After-School art enrichment educator in Asheville City Schools and Carolina Day School programs.
  • Lowell High School​, Lowell, MA, Art Educator Aug 2007 – June 2010 Developed and implemented classes in Darkroom Photography, Ceramics, Drawing, and Studio Art.
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design​, Boston, MA, Art Educator Jul 2009 – Aug 2010 Taught the Summer Studios 2D/3D course through the Continuing Education Department.
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design​, Boston, MA, Art Educator July 2008 – July 2010 Wrote and implemented the curriculum for this Grade 6-10 Media Exploration course.
  • McKinley Preparatory High School​, Boston, MA, Student Teacher in Visual Art Jan 2007- May 2007 Focused on students in grades 9-12 who had emotional, behavioral, and other special education needs.
  • Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School​, Dorchester, MA, Co-Art Educator Sep 2006 – Dec 2006 Co-Developed and implemented the Art Jump Off after-school program.
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design​, Boston, MA, Co-Art Educator Jan 2006 – May 2006 Co-Developed and implemented the curriculum for the Saturday Studios course in Advanced Studio.
  • Running Brook Day Camp​, Waltham, MA, Art Specialist Jun 2005 – Aug 2007 Developed and implemented the Arts & Crafts curriculum for campers ages 4-14.

Professional Affiliations

  • Chases Garage Artist Studios and Gallery​, York Beach, ME, Studio Artist ​ Apr 2013 – Present
  • 3S Artspace​, Portsmouth, NH Studio Artist ​ June 2012 – April 2013
  • Warehouse Studios​, Asheville, NC, Studio Artist ​ Sept 2011 – Feb 2012
  • Maine Art Education Association​(MAEA) May 2014-Present

Publications

  • Maine Magazine, ​48 Hours In: York + Kittery, Maine Magazine, Work Cited Jan 14
  • Portsmouth Herald, ​Summer Art Fix, Press Article Aug 21.2013
  • Lowell Sun, ​Artistic Stroke of Luck, Press Article Jun 23.2013
  • Portsmouth Herald,​​York Artists Included in 3S Artspace Show, Press Article Dec 12.2012
  • Portsmouth Herald​,Trading Inspiration, Portsmouth Herald Nov 14.2012
  • Canvas Project III Book, Vol.II​, Art House Co-Op, Work Featured 2011
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design: Annual Report​, ​Work Featured Jul 2010-Jun 2010

Talks, Visits, Artist Lectures, + Workshops

  • Seeing Color: Color Theory Workshop, ​Chases Garage, York Beach, ME April 2015
  • Matters of Choice, ​Presenter, MAEA Spring Conference, Brewer, ME April 2015
  • Lecture on Choice in Art Education, ​Art Education Department, Southern Maine University Spring 2015
  • Artist Lecture & Q+A, ​Art Education Department, Southern Maine University Fall 2014
  • Artist Lecture & Q+A, ​Art Education Department, Massachusetts College of Art and Design Fall 2014
  • Incorporating Yoga and Art into Early Childhood Ed,​Milford Community Center, Milford, NH ​Feb 2013
  • National Portfolio Day,​​Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Portfolio Reviewer Fall 2007

Awards & Recognition

  • Peter Masciarotte Memorial Award​presented by the Art Education Department MassArt 2007: Given by the Art Education Department at Mass College of Art, for dedication to teaching in the Arts.
  • Rebello Art Scholarship​presented by the Art Department MassArt 2003 – 2007 Given to Chelmsford High School seniors who are pursuing a BFA.

Skills + Life Experience

Art Mediums

Advanced: Drawing, Collage, Sculpture, Installation, Watercolor, Acrylic, Performance Art, Artists Books, and Fibers Proficient: Video, Ceramics, Printmaking, and both Darkroom and Digital Photography

Trained: Small Metals/Jewelry and Glass Blowing

Travel:  ​Traveled and photographed over half of the United States. Traveled to Egypt with the Art History Department at MassArt. Other Travel: Canada, Italy, and Sweden.

Other Skills:  ​Tutoring + Art Lessons, Online Community Development + Management, and Blogging

Professional Art Exhibitions​​

(*Indicates Solo Exhibit ~Indicates Student+Teacher Exhibit )

  • Rochester Museum of Fine Arts Biennial​, Rochester, NH 2015
  • 26th Annual MassArt Auction​, Bakalar & Paine Galleries, MassArt, Boston, MA 2015
  • Art PM​, Buoy Gallery, Kittery, ME 2015
  • Artists in Residence Group Show​, Chases Garage Gallery, York Beach, ME 2014
  • Wyrd​(Presented by the MassArt Graduate Department), ​Arnheim Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA 2014
  • Graduate Exhibition, ​Student Life Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA 2014
  • Reap and Sow: ​The Work of Maine Art Educators, ​Zand Head & Hall Galleries, MECA, Portland, ME 2014
  • Summer Sketchbook Spectacular 2014~​, Chases Garage Gallery, York Beach, ME 2014
  • Public/Private:​​Contemporary work of K-12 educators, Arnheim Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA 2014
  • Shoot & Tell​, StoneCrop Gallery, Ogunquit, ME 2014 Art PM​, Buoy Gallery, Kittery, ME 2014
  • Photography​*, Caffe Kilim, Portsmouth, NH 2013
  • Artists in Residence Group Show​, Chases Garage Gallery, York Beach, ME 2013
  • Summer Sketchbook Spectacular 2013~​, Chases Garage Gallery, York Beach, ME 2013
  • Findings​*, Side Gallery, Chases Garage Gallery, York Beach, ME 2013
  • Art PM​, Buoy Gallery, Kittery, ME 2013 Make More​, 3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH 2013
  • Flourish: Alumni Works on Paper​, Bakalar & Paine Galleries, MassArt, Boston, MA 2011
  • Pink​, STUDIO 659, Whiting, IN 2011
  • The Sketchbook Project​, Nationwide Tour, USA 2011
  • Canvas Project III​, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY 2010 Recent Work​*, Brew’d Awakening, Lowell, MA 2009
  • Dirty, Smelly, Noisy​, Western Ave Studios, Lowell, MA 2008
  • Senior Show​, Paine Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA 2007 Various Artists​, The Rice Bowl Gallery, Boston, MA 2007
  • All Hall Show​, Doran Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA 2006
  • All School Show​, Arnheim Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA 2006
  • Haystack Show​, Student Life Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA 2006
  • Making Connections​, Arnheim Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA 2005
  • All School Show​, Arnheim Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA 2005
  • All Hall Show​, Doran Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA 2004