“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”― Pablo Picasso
My interest in teaching stemmed from my consulting practice as I came to realize how similar the two professions can be. Helping clients understand how to apply new concepts to unique communication challenges is ultimately very similar to helping groups of students learn those concepts in the first place. I view teaching as the opportunity to share the “rules” with new audiences; consulting is knowing when to break the rules within specific contexts.
I have had opportunities to teach classes for students of all ages, from young children up through graduate students, across a wide range of topics.
Art classes for adults
In January 2020, I hosted a small art workshop titled “Mixed-Media Collage.” I hope to run another one post-pandemic! In the mean time, if you are interested in online workshops or one-on-one art instruction, please let me know.
Graduate courses at Portland State University
As an adjunct professor working with the Professional and Technical Writing graduate program at PSU, I have introduced new design-centric coursework to complement the program’s core offerings.
Design Tools for technical writers (Winter 2021)
Expand students’ problem-solving skill set by learning how to complement writing with effective visuals. Students will create and manipulate simple vector graphics while exploring basic design and visual communication concepts.
UX Design for technical communicators (Winter 2019)
Help students explore the parallels between their technical communication coursework and user experience (UX) design methods, culminating in individual student projects employing standard UX processes, tools, and deliverables
K-12 after-school enrichment classes
What began as an interest in volunteering at my kids’ schools became a broader interest in sharing art and STEM topics with elementary and middle-school kids.
Provide guidance to middle school students as they complete robotics challenges using LEGO kits and the Mindstorms development environment
Modern Art Masters
View modern artworks, discuss modern artists’ use of color and form, and create projects inspired by Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, and other styles
Introduce students to Caldecott Award-winning picture books, discuss what makes the illustrations unique, and then lead them in a related art project