After the drawing, the erasing and the redrawing; after the ideation, the planning, and the making; after the struggle, the crumpling of paper and the giving up; after the art is recycled, the bell has rung and the apron is hung up; I make art out of their mistakes.
This series of collages is inspired by and created from scraps and remnants found in my classroom's recycling bin. Originally intended as a lesson to my students about perseverance, this project has become inspiration to revitalize my own artistic practice. My students' endless ideas, imaginations and wildly animated drawings have given me license to play, encouraged me to let go, and to forgive my own imperfections.
Jennifer Smith is the art teacher at Florida Mesa Elementary School in Durango, Colorado. Collages are for sale at the listed price. Jennifer also draws commissioned sharpie portraits, will create commissioned collages out of your kiddo's artwork, and teaches after school private art lessons.
Masters of Art in Teaching, K-12 Art Education
Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine, 2013
Bachelors of Art, German Studies / Art Studio
Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, 2006
Exhibitions & Awards
Painting Live @ FUMC Durango
Studio & Recess Gallery, Durango, Colorado
Raider Ridge Cafe, Durango, Colorado
March 2018-May 2018
Studio & Gallery, Durango, Colorado
"People's Choice Award"