Teaching

Carrie Patterson is currently a Professor of Art in the Art & Art History Department at St. Mary's College of Maryland


TEACHING STATEMENT

Teaching and making art are inseparable practices. I learned everything I know about teaching from outstanding painters who taught me the importance of passing on the tradition of making objects. At all levels, my classes are designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of studio art practice through innovative play and conceptual inquiry.


ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

  • Professor of Art, St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, MD (2015 - Present)

  • Associate Professor of Art, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, MD (2009 - 2015)
  • Assistant Professor of Art, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, MD (2004 - 2009)
  • Visiting Instructor, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA (2000 - 2004)
  • Visiting Instructor, Cheyney State University of Pennsylvania, Cheyney, PA (1999 - 2000)
  • Adjunct Instructor of Art, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA (1998 - 1999)
  • Adjunct Instructor, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ (1998 - 1999)
  • Adjunct Instructor, Burlington County Community College, Burlington, NJ (1998)
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (1998)
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (1997)

COURSES TAUGHT

  • Introduction to Drawing
  • Advanced Drawing

  • Drawing and Painting from Life
  • Italian Fieldscapes (study tour)
  • Introduction to Painting
  • Advanced Painting
  • Introduction to Visual Thinking
  • Art for Educators 
  • Color Theory
  • Picturing Stories: Wordless Books, Comics, and Graphic Novels

  • How to See

  • Senior Thesis Mentor (SMPs) 

STUDENT WORK


Teaching Projects

ITALIAN FIELDSCAPES

In 2012, Patterson led a drawing and painting study tour through Northern Italy. 

The collaborative book above was created by the group containing examples of writing and artwork from the three week tour.

View/download a PDF of the Italian Fieldscapes catalog.


YELLOW DOOR ART STUDIOS

Yellow Door Art Studios was a community art school founded by Patterson in 2009. Many St. Mary's students and local artists taught classes to children and adults. Patterson developed over seventy  lesson plans that provide a strong foundation in visual literacy, self expression, and art education. In 2018, with the school's closing, Yellow Line Art School emerged, offering more families access to art through online lesson plans and at-home art kits.

 


100 CREATIVE DRAWING IDEAS

Compiled and edited by Anna Held Audette, 100 Creative Drawing Ideas is a collection of interesting and original ideas for drawing projects contributed by art instructors internationally. Patterson contributed the drawing project "The Virtual Forest."


 "We are St. Mary's" mural arts project. Photo courtesy of St. Mary's College of Maryland.

"We are St. Mary's" mural arts project. Photo courtesy of St. Mary's College of Maryland.

WE ARE ST. MARY'S MURAL ARTS PROJECT

Inspired by community art programs such as the Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia and UrbanPromise in Camden, New Jersey, and further explored by classroom discussions, the "We Are St. Mary's" mural is a visual representation of the college community created by Patterson's Art for Educators and Community Activists class. Patterson says that community art provides a vehicle for understanding one another and our surroundings. “Through visual imagery people can express how they experience the world. Mural projects can create a dialogue for people to engage in critical thinking and thus interact with history and culture.”

View the press release from St. Mary's College of Maryland.
See pictures of the art class and volunteers in action.


BETTER LIVING THROUGH BEOWULF

Gifts that Come with Sitting in Church, a collaboration between artist Carrie Patterson and writer Jennifer Cognard Black.