My Story

Hello! I have been a fine artist for over 25 years, and have shown in galleries and juried art shows, plus worked in the graphics field. Many of my jobs were commissioned pieces and I tutored many private students. Then in 2015, I was given the opportunity to work as a Middle/High School art teacher. I was seriously looking for art curriculum but I simply couldn't find anything that taught the way I did. That was the genesis of Emerging Art. For that first year, I developed this art curriculum week by week. After a (large) number of refinements and revisions, this became my Emerging Art curriculum. It became my passion to communicate this so that other art teachers would have a comprehensive resource that could save them hours of prep and give them confidence they were hitting all the standards. I am continuing to support, refine, improve and upgrade my art curriculum so that creativity and visual thinking can systematically be built in all our students.

I was also a homeschool mom for 8 years.

As a mom of two amazing kids, I decided to homeschool them during their elementary years. When they both graduated High School I was proud of them, of course, but a little sad our school days were over. I was immersed in the whole process with them. I understand the importance of great curriculum and was so thankful to find some wonderful resources for our subjects. Although, I never found a complete course for our art studies. That was when I began putting art lessons together so I could teach them art in a systematic way. I guess that was the real genesis of Emerging Art.

My philosophy

Firstly, I believe visual thinking is at the root of creative thinking, which is so needed today. All of the genius' in history were visual thinkers, yet our educational systems haven't seen it's value (yet!). It seems art programs are the first to be cut in our schools. I believe developing visual skills will grow brains in and for all areas of life. Secondly, I believe all humans are creative, priceless and bring unique value to this world. I feel what we lack is honor, for ourselves and one another. My courses integrate exercises to build honor and eliminate limiting beliefs we may have about ourselves. If we can see our own value and worth, it will help us see that in one another. Our artistic expressions, whatever they may be, could raise awareness of the value we each have and what beautiful thing each brings to this world.

"I believe anyone can develop artistic skill by learning a new way to see, both internally and externally."

Emerging Art Curriculum

Growing Artful Minds through Creativity

I developed the Emerging Art curriculum by drawing upon my experience and years of teaching Middle and High School art and teaching graphic design at the college level at the Art Institute of Las Vegas. I believe art and creative thinking can and should be systematically built in students, and without it, our society suffers. I believe Emerging Art does this. Publishing Emerging Art: Student and Teacher Editions and opening my online art school, MK Art Academy has been a dream come true. I am so grateful I have been able to offer curriculum support for art teachers and home schools, especially during COVID, when online resources were so needed.
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"I don't teach my students how to draw. I teach them how to see. Visual thinking is at the root of creative problem-solving."

2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Award

"Descendance Within"

by Marisa S. Graphite on Paper 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Award Winner Grade: 9

2018 Best in Show ACSI District Show

"Tiger"

by Maura D. Acrylic on Canvas, 12″ x 12″ 2018 BEST IN SHOW at the ACSI District Show Grade: 11

2017 Best in Show ACSI District Show

"Inspiration"

by Lauren V. Acrylic on Canvas, 16″ x 20″ 2017 BEST IN SHOW at the ACSI District Show Grade: 11

"Emerging Art is dedicated

to all my art students. You continue to inspire and amaze me! May your vision, creativity, and love for art continue to grow and may your voice be heard through the art you make for generations to come."