Angela Cooper

Angela Cooper

Out of State Region
Olive Branch, Mississippi
901-413-8937 662-893-2927
[email protected]

In my approach to aesthetic education, I like to set the students up for those eye opening moments as they interact with the art and make personal connections to the art form. I do this by presenting ice-breaker and beginning activities without much contextual information. As I dole out snippets of the art form in imaginative exercises, the students begin to build a bridge that will eventually connect them to that art form. For example, in my cubist sculpture residency, my goal for the students is to gain an understanding of the cubist style, a new way of seeing, and how to make a 3-D sculpture from a 2-D material. I begin guiding the students with a small movement exercise involving balance. Through open ended questioning, students discuss what occurred during the balance activity. We segue that discussion into balance as it relates to sculpture. Afterwards, we have a guided building activity where the parts of a group sculpture are put together by small groups of students at their group tables. After more observation and noticing, students are given materials for constructing their own slotted cubist form. For the outcome, students eventually compose a cubist inspired sculpture from a 2-D material (cardboard). Students are expected to be able to follow directions as narrated and should have some dexterity in using scissors, glue and other art media (paint) as it applies to the exercise.

In another residency with a focus on printmaking, students learn about layering and techniques involved in reduction printmaking using scratch-foam plates for one, two, and three color printmaking processes. This activity is very adaptable for K-12 grades and advanced art classes.

My ultimate goal is for the student to place him or herself in place of the artist and have a shared experience with the art form, the processes that artist went through in creating the art, and making connections to that work. Engagement begets imaginative thinking!

Available to conduct teacher workshops.


I am a practicing professional multi media artist, muralist, and teaching artist with a degree in Graphic Design from Memphis State University. My work is included in private and public collections across the United States including DeltaARTS in West Memphis, AR; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN; and the Kroger Store café in Hernando, MS.

As a teaching artist, I have been active with DeltaARTS in West Memphis, TRAHC in Texarkana, the Germantown Performing Arts Center in Germantown, TN, and the First Regional Library system in North Mississippi among other organizations. Some of my artist residencies have included lessons built around: Picasso and cubism; Kahlo and portraiture; Monet and painting; cross cultural art forms (in particular Mexico and Dia de los Muertos); Shakespeare and the quill; origami, tessellations, and geometry; mural creation; relief and 3-D sculpture; puppetry construction and shadow puppet theater; Aesop’s Fables; music mapping and musical instrument making; daily art journaling; drawing from life; mask making; handmade book arts and printmaking; kaleidoscope construction; guerilla art; ‘upcycled’ art; wearable art; collage and mixed media.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: Elementary; Middle/Junior High
Geographic Availability: Statewide
Time Availability: October - November; January - May
Special Needs: Space for creating art or performing; access to water/sink for clean-up; large table for supplies; room for wet art to dry; students should have pencils, scissors, glue, and rulers; will need assistance from classroom teachers or teaching assistants.