Educational Programs

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 Currently listed on the

Vermont Arts Council Teaching Artist Roster

Christine Mix is now offering Online and Social Distancing Residencies, Library & Art Programs, Workshops for Children Of All Ages!

You can also visit Chris’s Teaching Artist profile through the Vermont Arts Council’s Teaching Artist Roster and

in the New England Foundation of the Arts,

Creative Ground

at http://www.creativeground.org/profile/christine-mix

 

Cartoon Program at the Poultney Public Library

Along with Cartoon and Illustration Programs, Christine offers a variety of library and community programs for children and families, such as Creative Drawing, (where children of all ages discover they can draw through shapes, lines, & experimentation of media), Watercolor Painting for Beginners, Drawing Programs, (various themes include, still life, landscapes, drawing with grids, fantasy creatures, animals, & character development and sketching), Glow in the Dark Art, (great for holidays or learning about things that glow, such as stars, plants and creatures), Make Your Own Creatures or Animals Crafts, and Creating Your Own Game Boards & Pieces, which are available year round, and can be geared towards any theme or age group.

For current 2020 / 2021 art programs, residencies, library programs, events and news… follow Christine Mix on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christine-Mix-Illustrator-for-All-Ages  

and Twitter   #ChrisMixArt 

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 PAL member of the SCBWI, CBIG-NYC, Gallery at the Vault, Springfield, VT., Vermont Arts Council and NEFA.

About the Cartoon, Illustration, and Story Art Programs:

Through old fashioned drawing, cartoon and animation tricks, children get to weave their imagination with literacy and art.  Children learn how to visualize their own stories, or their favorite classic tale, and turn those ideas into sketches and illustrated stories!   Everyone has the ability to create, somewhere deep down inside them, and by applying one’s imagination to a visual picture of a story, the imagination process can be integrated into all subjects, curriculum’s, in education, as well as, the community.   Finding the joy of creating and sharing art, in a fun environment, not only helps students gain confidence, while learning to express themselves, it also opens doors to the heart and adventure, that the child or adult never thought possible.

Cartoon Camp, Wilder Memorial Library, Weston, Vt

 On Campus Equipment required by the school or library, (varies on programs):

1. Lap top and LCD projector for Power Point Presentations,  and/or Elmo Camera
2. White projection screen or clear white wall (approx. 4 ft. X 4ft.).
3. White board, Chalk board or Flip chart with white paper, chalk or colored markers
4. All art supplies, paper, pencils, pens, markers, erasers, rulers, paint, brushes, etc… (varies with each programs needs.)
5.  If possible, light boards for transferring / tracing drawings.  Sunny windows work as well.

A little about the Artist…

For twenty years, Christine has taught cartoon, watercolor, drawing, craft and a variety of  art programs at Frog Hollow, Southern Vermont Arts Center & the Winged Studio Arts in Manchester Vt., the Middlebury Studio School, Middlebury, Vt., Main Street Arts, Saxton’s River, Vt., the Gallery at the Vault, Springfield, Vt., along with several library programs through out Vermont, between 2004 and 2019.

In Fall, 2018, Christine was fortunate enough to teach a super awesome Cartoon / Illustration Arts Residency at The Bridge School in Middlebury, Vermont. 

Special thanks to all of the children, staff, parents and community at the Bridge School and Middlebury, Vt, for having me and finding new ways to connect with themselves, finding out who they are through researching their own ancestries, as well as, their own community and in other cultures. 

More thanks to the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment of the Arts for their support, which helped to make this residency possible. And more thanks to the staff and residents at Eastview at Middlebury for taking the time to let the children interview and sketch them, and for hosting an art exhibit of the children’s work from the Bridge School. It was one of most inspirational and fun experiences Chris has had teaching art – thanks to everyone to worked so hard and made it successful! 

Spring 2018 – Arts Enrichment Program at Ferrisburgh Central School, in Ferrisburgh, Vermont.   Christine was invited by Julie Gramling, and the art teacher Alison Parsons, to teach a cartoon / illustration artist residency for two weeks during March 2018, for grades K through 6.

Through the world of visual storytelling, in cartoons and illustrations, students learned the art of cartoon drawing and old animation tricks. Through using their imaginations, children discovered new ways to understand and tell their own stories, connecting what they learned in class, to the world around them. 

Thanks to a grant through the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment of the Arts, Christine  finished an amazing

Arts Residency at the Windham Elementary School, in Windham, Vt., in 2017, where children connected with their

 local history through poetry, writing and drawing… lot’s of drawing!

“This experience was so valuable for the students in Windham on so many levels.  It was one of the most engaged weeks I have ever had with the students in 13 years of teaching here.  Christine was a great teacher, was well prepared, and fully engaged both during the week she was here, but also before and after as well helping with planning and the final celebration.  I would not hesitate to have her back again for another artistic experience.”

Mickey Parker – Jennings, Principle / Teacher, Windham Elementary School, Windham, Vt., April 2017

To learn more about the residency, visit Chris’s blog at:  http://chrismixillustrator.blogspot.com/

 In 2016, Christine participated in the Arts Connect development program for integrated arts, offered through the Integrated Arts Academy, in partnership with VSA Vermont, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington City Arts, and the Vermont Arts Council. 

Duels in the Night, watercolor by Christine Mix copyright 2010

 

Published Illustrations & Stories:

Christine’s children’s illustrations have appeared in several Vermont newspapers and journals, Stories for Children Magazine, Back to School Issue, 2012, SCBWI’s Bulletin in 2005, 2009, 2010 and so far, one children’s book, Write Out of the Oven!  by Josephine Waltz, published by Teacher Ideas Press / Greenwood Publishing,  in 2005.

Write Out of the Oven! Received a nice review from the Parents Choice Foundation Bon Appetite Reading List

She also has one short true story Standing Up, published, May 2007, in Chicken Soup for the Child’s Soul Character-Building Stories to Read with Kids Ages 5-8, and is currently working on some of her own children’s stories.   Click on Chris’s Books Page for more details and ordering info!

Contact Christine at cmixart2@gmail.com  to request more information regarding fees, programs or to request a brochure.

Resume, brochures and references are available by request.

You can also visit Chris’s Teaching Artist profile through

the Vermont Arts Council’s Teaching Artist Roster, in the New England Foundation of the Arts,

Creative Ground, at http://www.creativeground.org/profile/christine-mix