Kay Thomas

Kay Thomas

Visual Arts
Out of State Region
Texarkana, Texas
903-792-8681 903-733-3783
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From pre-planning with teachers to the final critique, I make certain that children and adult learners are actively engaged with both the thinking and physical processes involved in authentic art making . My ultimate goal is to expose students and teachers to the multiple ways that everyday, inexpensive materials like paper, cardboard, and recyclables can be used to create art. “Art and Architecture”, “Paper Conversations,” “Abstract Number Facts,” and “Loopa Doopa Insects” are just a few of the integrated art experiences I haved designed and presented in the classroom for ages Pre-K through adult. These 2 and 3 dimensional art activities connect with the curriculum and teach core concepts in math, science, language arts, and social studies. Students will leave my residency with the skills and knowledge they need to create their own paper sculptures, drawings, and collages. Teachers will understand and be able to teach basic paper sculpture concepts and techniques. All participants will be able to identify connections between the art they have created and another subject area.

Background

Kay Thomas, visual artist, received an M.F.A. in ceramics from Arizona State University and a B.F.A. degree in ceramics from Texas A & M University-Commerce, Texas. A teaching artist with over thirty years of experience, Thomas has worked with students and teachers grades Pre K-university throughout a multi-state area. In addition, she is a designer and presenter of a variety of art workshops in Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and most recently the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. These workshops and training institutes for teachers emphasize the importance of the artistic inquiry process in developing classroom teaching strategies, higher order thinking, and problem solving skills.

Currently, Thomas is the Visual Arts Teaching Artist for the Arts Smart Institute for Learning. Her work for ArtsSmart involves visual arts experiences for students , professional development and classroom modeling for teachers in arts integration, and arts curriculum design. She continues to create her ceramic sculptures which simultaneously celebrate and satirize in a very humorous way America’s obsession with celebrities, politicians, food and pets.

*Participated in a three-day Professional Development, National Seminar for Teaching Artists, on August 11-13, 2015 at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: all ages
Geographic Availability: statewide
Time Availability: open
Special Needs: Depends on request of sponsor.