Teacher Biography

I have loved Art my entire life. I have taken art classes for as long as I can remember, and still do when I can fit it in around work and home life. I was fortunate to be raised in a creative home near DC where innumerable - and free - galleries and museums are at your disposal. My parents have always been great appreciators, and it rubbed off on me. I studied art and modern dance through high school, and studied Recreation Therapy in college, so I could use both skills in that profession. Since then, obviously, I have made a career change. I am thrilled to be able to teach my greatest love (besides family)…art.

I've worked on this curriculum since 1998. It is hard to develop a program which, although hands on, provides some sort of exposure to the myriad of cultures in our community. I tell my students they are getting a snapshot, no more, of each culture we touch upon. I invite them, and you, to correct me if I am wrong in what I present. I would never presume to completely understand so many different peoples. It is humbling to attempt to do so.

What I have learned is that art binds us all. Nearly every culture from each corner of our world called upon their own spirit world to fulfill the needs of their people. This was, and of course often still is, the motivation to create. It is my hope that if, even for a moment, my students understand that commonality in humanity, they will carry that seed with them out into the world and make it a more peaceful, compassionate place for their children and their children's children.

My curriculum is constantly evolving; your suggestions and comments are welcome:

Julie Curson
julie_curson@nhusd.k12.ca.us

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