Prince George's County Public Schools
Art Teacher at Prince George's County Public Schools
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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."
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.
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.
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.
Enthusiastically delivers results by embracing flexibility and establishing goals within a timeline.
Basic knowledge of graphic design using Adobe InDesign and Photoshop. Microsoft Word and PowerPoint using PC and Mac formats.
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.
Original images, quality materials, excellent craftsmanship.
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.
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.
Using 16 years of teaching experience to assist Baltimore County Schools.
Qualified, credentialed, contract-to-hire education support.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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, customer service, stock, inventory and display in women's, men's, children's, teen's and accessories department.
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.
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.
A brief reflection on community and socially engaged art, how I started, my worst experience and a positive outcome.
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.
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.
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.
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