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Barbara Joann Combs

Art Teacher at Prince George's County Public Schools

Location
Lanham, Maryland
Industry
Fine Art
Current
  1. Prince George's County Public Schools,
  2. createdbybarbara
Previous
  1. AileyCamp Baltimore,
  2. Commodore John Rodgers Elementary|Middle School,
  3. Baltimore County Public Schools
Education
  1. The Maryland Institute College of Art
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Prince George's County Public Schools

Prince George's County Public Schools

Art Teacher

– Present

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Background

Summary

Barbara Joann Combs, artist, art educator, community arts facilitator born in Los Angeles, California. She has worked within the discipline of visual arts since childhood; exhibiting in various venues since 2000; completed commissioned works; and has a silkscreen mosaic acquired by a permanent collection in North Carolina.

With a strong desire to contribute to the welfare of others, she opened Barbara's Child Care when a mother came to her door asking for such services. From becoming a National Association for Family Child Care accredited home child care provider to a Master of Fine Arts degree in Community Arts, Barbara has taught 16 years to pre-school through teenage youth; women with infants; adults and seniors.

"My passion is to work with teens wrestling with issues of self esteem, lacking direction and needing to discover their potential. Youth are often a neglected people group and our future."

STRENGTHS
Studio
Expressive drawing in graphite, charcoal, pastels. Portraiture using a grid system. Realism/Cubism in watercolors and acrylic paints. Linocut and monotypes with chine colle. Altered books. Mixed media using found objects. Miniatures to room installations. Social justice and contemporary quilt making. Silk screen t-shirt printing and stage design.

Commitment
Hard worker and detailed will examine the value of projects and tasks in relation to how it will help fulfill achievement of the goals set forth by employer.

Teamwork
A great listener, kind and positive in building unity because I value staff harmony and make every effort to help make an organization work well.

Leading Self
Enthusiastically delivers results by embracing flexibility and establishing goals within a timeline.

GENERAL
Basic knowledge of graphic design using Adobe InDesign and Photoshop. Microsoft Word and PowerPoint using PC and Mac formats.

Experience

Art Teacher

Prince George's County Public Schools
– Present (3 months)Gaywood & Panorama Elementary Schools

Developing lesson plans using the Maryland content standards and indicators for art, reading, writing, science, mathematics and social studies as a framework to teach concepts and lead exploration in the elements of art, organizing principles of design and art history using the techniques of drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and crafts.

Collaborating with teachers of core subjects to lead Kindergarten through 5th grade youth in art exploration.

Maintain communications with students, parents, peers and administration; develop systems of organization; and further professional development using electronic technology.

Owner

createdbybarbara
– Present (15 years 4 months)Fayetteville, North Carolina | Baltimore, Maryland

Artist
Original images, quality materials, excellent craftsmanship.

Creative Communication Instructor

AileyCamp Baltimore
(2 months)Towson University, Department of Dance

This was the inaugural AileyCamp for Baltimore and lasted 9 days from June 20 through July 3.

Using art and writing to enhance the summer dance experience of 50 campers. Two 55 minute classes per day, developed lesson plan, supply list and room schematic. Facilitated campers in discussion about identity, heritage and legacy through powerpoint presentation, poetry and exemplars. Help supervise campers during field trips and between classes. Participated in staff meetings and development of open house and final program.

Long-Term Substitute Teacher

Commodore John Rodgers Elementary|Middle School
(6 months)100 North Chester Street, Baltimore, Maryland | 21202

Reading acceleration with five 2nd grade students in the morning for remedial practice. Co-lead teacher for two groups of, twenty- seven each, 3rd grade students teaching reading fluency and social studies using Baltimore City Schools reading curriculum, books and handout. Facilitated student led parent conferences, assisted with Maryland School Assessment testing, field trip, fun day at Patterson Park, cumulative folders and end-of-year classroom procedures.

Substitute Teacher

Baltimore County Public Schools
(4 months)6901 N. Charles Street, Towson, Maryland | 21204

Using 16 years of teaching experience to assist Baltimore County Schools.

Education Staff

AlignStaffing
(2 months)7474 Greenbelt Center Drive, Greenbelt, Maryland | 20770

Qualified, credentialed, contract-to-hire education support.

A/V Technician | Silk Screen Printer | Stage Designer

Rock City Church, Inc
(1 year 7 months)1607 Cromwell Bridge Road | Parkville, Maryland | 21234

Audio/Video Technician
Duplicate, catalog and maintain audio/video archives to include record keeping/inventory/ordering supplies.

Graphic Arts Assistant
Assist with printing, cutting, folding forms/brochures/flyers/bulletins. Creating hand painted signs.
Proficient and knowledgeable in research for products and best practices, tracking usage, purchase orders, and inventory stock to design and print audio/video disc labels and album covers. Creating forms, brochures, documents, teaching tools, posters using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe Creative Suite Photoshop and InDesign.

Screen Printer
Preparing screen printing stencils, all processes of screen printing, cleaning/maintaining equipment, troubleshooting using Hopkins/BWM Startingline Press and Ranar Flash Dryer to include research, inventory and purchasing.

Stage Design
Developing stage design that works with video and sound to enhance the concepts of a particular message each week. Brainstorming, collaboration, problem solving and using all visual techniques with a team to create a design fitting a tapering 21' x 77' platform with centered 21' x 25' screen.

Education Program Assistant Supervisor

Civic Works, Inc
(4 months)2701 Saint Lo Drive | Baltimore, Maryland | 21213

Civic Works transforms the lives of Baltimore area youth through community service and skills development. Their key program areas include community improvement, workforce development, education, and green programs.

Collaborate and assist the Director and Program Supervisor in developing, organizing and facilitating the after school program at Goodnow Community Center.

Oversee Civic Works’ corps members that provide the center's youth, 2nd grade through high school; tutoring, academic enrichment, cultural activities and recreational opportunities. Support corps members’ classroom management and strengthen parent relationships.

Art Teacher

Goodnow Community Center
(2 years 4 months)5311 Goodnow Road | Baltimore, Maryland | 21206

Plan and facilitate art activities for 2nd – 11th grade youth, collaborate with CivicWorks counselors that help to implement art activities, have ongoing dialogue with Director of Goodnow for art enrichment to compliment monthly themes and maintain positive relationships with youth and their parents. Documentation of art action plans with exemplars. Assisting in articulating center's principles:
+ crafting of Goodnow’s vision, mission goals and objectives
+ website created/maintained to inform parents and have a positive visual presence online
+ logo designed
+ brochure created to reach out and inform community of Goodnow’s services.
Repair of three exterior murals

Education Events Assistant

The Walters Art Museum
(9 months)600 North Charles Street | Baltimore, Maryland | 21201

Art Cart: Assist parents and children check out books, games, interactive quilts, fun packs or drawing kits related to museum exhibitions; Evaluations: Record how long a person(s) stay at a section of exhibition and moves on to the next section. Adult Programming: Usher patrons to lectures/concerts/art workshops, set up refreshments and clean up; Drop-In Art: Explain activity, keep tables stocked with materials and encourage family participation; Themed Birthday Parties: Welcome family, participants in two art activities, assist adults with cake serving, presents and clean up; Festivals: Encourage family participation in art project and disseminate museum information; Monthly Training: collaborative two-hour group brainstorming/dialogues/lesson planning sessions

Art Educator

Seventy-First High School
(7 years 1 month)6764 Raeford Road | Fayetteville, North Carolina | 28304

Created syllabi, tests, classroom specific code of conduct, demonstration of a variety of art techniques, facilitated field trips, sponsored art clubs and National Art Honor Society, certified to teach Advanced Placement Studio Art & 3-D Design

Taught Art I, II, III, IV, Art IV Honors, AP Studio Art: 3-D Design

Sales Associate

Belk
(3 years 9 months)#0419 | 590 Assembly Court | Fayetteville, North Carolina

Sales, customer service, stock, inventory and display in women's, men's, children's, teen's and accessories department.

Professional Child Care Provider

Barbara's Child Care
(5 years 5 months)111 Elfreth Lane | Spring Lake, North Carolina | 28390

State licensed, national credentialed, home-based, child care business; cared for up to five pre-school age and three after-school aged children per eight hour shift; developmentally appropriate activities; Child Nutrition and Smart Start Programs; small business management skills.

Independent Child Care Consultant

Child Care Solutions, Partnership for Children of Cumberland County
(less than a year)351 Wagoner Drive | Suite 200 | Fayetteville, North Carolina | 28303

Phone consultations; format, copy, and collate business letters; teaching materials; contact speakers for and introduce speakers at training sessions; train child care providers to give quality home child care and to have professional business practices; inventory, invoices, and purchasing.

Publications

Who Am I Now?(Link)

Socially Engaged Art Journal
April 2014

A brief reflection on community and socially engaged art, how I started, my worst experience and a positive outcome.

Projects

Mural@Ambrose Kennedy Park(Link)

The design for the mural was inspired from Irene Luxbacher's book, 123 I Can Make Prints! Johnson Square Elementary/Middle school is across the street from the park. As I sketched the design for the mural, I imagined youth going on a walking field trip to the park to eat lunch. Teachers could integrate the subjects of science, recycling and math with the arts when taking their classes on this outing.

A diverse group of organizations and community members came together to revitalize the Johnson Square neighborhood at Ambrose Kennedy Park. The committee was lead by Terrell Williams, Elvia Wheatly and Keith Hammond. Representaives from BUILD, Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, Baltimore City Department of Public Works, Playworks, Mount Sinai Baptist Church, Compassion Commission with Adopt-A-Block, Saint Francis Academy, Greenmount West Community Association, Oliver Playscape/Neighborhood Design Center, 6th Branch Veterans Volunteer Group, Morgan State University Landscape Architecture student and Blue Water Baltimore.

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Art Teacher

The Hiding Place | Parkville, MD
(1 month)Arts and Culture

Young ladies from The Hiding Place developed a social justice quilt by each creating a quilt square that tells their story of choice and collaborating to design the quilt so that all the squares became a whole. The women were given a brief history of quilt making through a media presentation and exemplars, then a basic understanding of planning using the elements of art and organizing principles of design. The individual squares were developed using a choice of traditional quilting techniques and non-traditional embellishments. As the women quilted and the babies listened, cried or slept, I facilitated discussion among them on topics from their personal stories to politics.

Opportunities Barbara Joann is looking for:

  • Joining a nonprofit board
  • Skills-based volunteering (pro bono consulting)

Causes Barbara Joann cares about:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Children
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Education

Organizations Barbara Joann supports:

  • Compassion International

Certifications

Maryland Educator Certificate

Maryland State Department of Education, License 4566

Skills

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Mixed Media
  • Contemporary Quilting
  • Acrylic
  • Logo Design
  • Murals
  • Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Studio Art
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Teaching
  • Galleries
  • Creative Direction
  • Contemporary Art
  • Visual Arts
  • Public Art
  • Public Speaking
  • Collage
  • Fine Art
  • Screen Printing
  • Creative Writing
  • Watercolor
  • Art History
  • Art Education
  • Curating
  • Ceramic
  • Sculpture
  • Art Exhibitions
  • Arts Administration
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Education

The Maryland Institute College of Art

MA & MFA in Community Art, Community Arts

Real-world experience with youth and adults in community settings, developing proposals for and implementing community arts projects. Emerging insights, skills, and experiences that enabled me to be an effective community art professional. Explored the role the visual arts can play in helping a community articulate its identity, voice, and artistic expression; work with community leaders to conceive, implement, and manage programs that engage children, youth, and adults in meaningful art experiences; design and implement projects and events that support community initiatives; document and assess the effectiveness of projects in meeting community interests; experience in grant writing and curriculum planning; and unique public/community art maker.

Fayetteville State University

Bachelor of Arts, Visual Arts

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