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Andrea Wlodarczyk

Writer

Hi there, I’m Andrea! I learned about AOEU back when it was called AOE, so I’ve been an enthusiastic follower for some years now. I recall being so delighted to find a resource specifically speaking to art educators and thinking, “finally!” Joining the writing team and having the opportunity to support our community the way I was supported is a lovely full-circle experience that I am so grateful for.

This is my 16th year as an art educator after teaching on the east to west coasts. I am currently teaching at the school of my dreams—the incredible High Tech Middle in southern California, which is founded on project-based learning principles. It’s a dynamic environment that allows me to use the full range of my expertise to support the creation of meaningful work, growing me professionally each day. I am a deep believer in the power of art education as an amazing equalizer and in the art room as a brave space for people to connect across cultures, languages, academics, socio-economics, and self-expression.

When I’m not precariously balancing on things to hang artwork, I spend my time at home with my outstanding partner, who has a really cool job as a Chemist, and our hilarious, inquisitive, ray-of-sunshine toddler, who brings smiles to our faces every day. Our fierce companion and perfectly-sized pup, Forrest, and sweet forever kitten-faced cat, Tiger Lily, are our fur-ever pets. I adore taking off on cross-country road trips, container gardening year-round, learning about new art techniques, and exploring this magnificent world every chance I get!

Professional Accomplishments:

Curriculum Author, Haight Street Art Center, 2018

Curriculum Author, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, 2014

Masters of Art in Teaching from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), 2004

Bachelors of General Fine Art from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), 2003

Associates of Visual Communication from Maryland College of Art and Design, 2001

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