Deborah Wu

SPECTRA Artist
Visual Arts

Available only to Schools

I am very enthusiastic about teaching and making art. I have taught art to elementary students for the past 5 years in schools, community centers, after-school programs and art camps. Prior to becoming an art educator, I was an executive recruiter, grant-writer and fundraising consultant. I have volunteered for various groups and served on the boards of directors for several non-profit organizations in the Bay Area. I have an M.B.A. and B.A. in Economics from U.C. Davis. My own art practice is eclectic. I work with fused glass, clay, jewelry, printmaking, collage, mosaic and mixed media.


website: debbieartsandcrafts.wordpress.com
email: debbiestuff@icloud.com
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A World of Art: Multi-Cultural Art

Grades: 2nd-5th

Description: Take a tour of distant cultures and continents as we explore and make art from South America, Asia, North America, and Africa. This global art experience will include weaving colorful paper into Kente cloth, making Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) paper skulls, designing golden pagodas from Burma, creating Worry Dolls from Guatemala, dabbling in Aboriginal Dot Art paintings, and more. Each week we’ll learn about and make art from different parts of the world.

Length: 8 weeks (can be flexible, minimum of 4 weeks)
Fees: $50/hour
Art Standards: Visual Arts (Creative Expression, Historical and Cultural Context)

The Art of Recycling

Grades: 2nd-5th
Description: You’ve heard the phrase reduce, reuse and recycle. In this program, we’ll transform recycled materials, donated and found objects into brand new artwork. Using things normally placed in the recycle bin, we'll cut, glue, paint and re-imagine items often thrown away into interesting and new treasures. Projects include Eco-Creatures, Newspaper Quilled Coasters, Folded Book Animals, flower arrangements from egg cartons and plastic bottles.

Another option is to create a habitat installation (to be displayed on a large bulletin board or wall space) of student artwork based on a single topic, including: Redwood Forest, The Rain Forest, or Ocean Life. During these lessons, we discuss environmental themes including extinction, habitat loss and adaptation.

Length: 8 weeks (can be flexible, minimum of 4 weeks)
Fees: $50/hour
Art Standards: Visual Arts (Creative Expression, Historical and Cultural Context)

Inspired by Master Artists

Grades: 2nd-5th

Description: We’ll explore techniques and styles of famous artists including Matisse, Van Gogh, Serat, Mondrian, O’Keefe and others. Each week, the lesson will focus on an art element such as line, shape, pattern, color, value and an artist who exemplified that technique. We’ll look at the artist’s work and create our own masterpieces using paint, scissors, oil pastels and other media to create landscapes, abstracts, collages and more.

Length: 8 weeks (can be flexible, minimum of 4 weeks)
Fees: $50/hour
Art Standards: Visual Arts (Artistic Perception, Creative Expression, Historical and Cultural Context, Aesthetic Valuing)

Clay Creations

Grades: 2nd-5th
Description: Clay is a tactile and fun art form. We’ll work with a variety of hand-building techniques including rolling, cutting, pinching, pressing and sculpting clay to form abstract and realistic projects that include: cupcakes and edible art, animals, building tiles and other 3D objects (e.g. cup, vase, bowl). Projects will be kiln fired and then glazed or painted.

Length: 8 weeks (can be flexible, minimum of 4 weeks)
Fees: $75/hour
Art Standards: Visual Arts (Creative Expression, Historical and Cultural Context)

Note: School needs to have a working kiln, space for storing artwork to dry, and a rolling cart for transporting projects

Art with Ms. Wu

Grades: K-5 (elementary)

Rate: $50 (30-45 minute session), willing to discuss pricing

Format: Zoom (I have account and will provide link)

Additional fees: Schools/students need to provide own art supplies/materials. I will provide a list in advance

Description: I offer a range of visual art workshops including multicultural art, eco-art, storybook art, and more. Sessions can be one time or multi-week. Lessons fit within VAPA standards: line, shape, color, value, pattern.