Selected Teaching and Training Experience
Park Ridge, IL
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA
Loyola of Maryland, M.Ed.
WMI AMI Montessori Elementary Diploma
University of Arizona, BA
Betsy Mitten Studio
Expertise, Experience, Education
Welcome to my studio! I'm a teaching artist with over 20 years experience in classroom, museum, and outdoor education. I'm passionate about making art fun and accessible, and I love connecting art lessons to nature and science.
As a classroom teacher I saw an art extension in every lesson. After seven years in the classroom I transitioned to museum education. My speciality was developing programs that connected science to art. I believe everyone is creative and my greatest passion is making art accessible.
I create programs that use high quality artist's materials, are hands-on, object-based (we use real stuff...specimens, artifacts, live plants, and even animals!) My approach blends a process focus with skill building, and plenty of opportunity to work on individual style.
I teach enrichment classes and workshops at schools, libraries, museums, and special events. Classes include observational drawing and programs that explore collage, textiles, bookmaking, painting, sculpture, including kinetic sculpture, and printmaking.
I can be reached through the contact page or by emailing BetsyMittenStudio@gmail.com.