Author: Marla McLean

I am visual artist & educator living and working in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
I completed my Masters in Studio Art from New York University studying in New York City and Venice, Italy.
I have a BA in Education and Social Art from Godard College, Plainfield, VT.
I teach art (as the Atelierista) at School-within-School at Peabody, a Washington DC, Reggio Emilia inspired public school.
I am adjunct faculty at The Corcoran College of Art and Design, currently teaching, Art and Science-Developing Creativity (graduate level.)
I received the 2008 Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Art Teacher from the DC Commission on the Arts and DC Public Schools.
I exhibit and participate in art projects/exhibitions nationally and internationally.

And say simply, Very simply, With hope, Good morning.

And say simply, Very simply, With hope, Good morning.

What questions are we asking children? In what ways are we listening to children? How does the 100 Languages of Children facilitate deeper and more meaningful expression and …

 

“The way we see the world shapes the way we treat it.” Falling in love with Nature (Part 2)

“The way we see the world shapes the way we treat it.” Falling in love with Nature (Part 2)

Mama Miti Children’s Book Watch “I will be a Hummingbird” short here.

 

Falling in love with nature (Part 1)

Falling in love with nature (Part 1)

 

“Optimism is our instinct to inhale while suffocating. Our need to declare what ‘needs to be’ in the face of what is. Optimism is not uncool; it is rebellious and daring and vital.” Ava DuVernay

“Optimism is our instinct to inhale while suffocating. Our need to declare what ‘needs to be’ in the face of what is. Optimism is not uncool; it is rebellious and daring and vital.” Ava DuVernay

This year, when I asked kids if they knew who the Dr Martin Luther King was, I knew what I did not want to hear. I did …

 

“The magic is… change the world.”

“The magic is… change the world.”

It is January first. A new year. And despite being on this planet for quite a while, and teaching in public school for 20 years, there is …

 

A careful considerate gaze or I am because you are

A careful considerate gaze or I am because you are

 

And so, How Are You Different Than Nature?

And so, How Are You Different Than Nature?

It is the night before the very last day of the 2017-2018 school year. I just couldn’t let the year end without giving you this …

 

I hope beautiful things live forever

I hope beautiful things live forever

  Balance. This year, in addition to the daily creating and expression and relationship building in the studio/atelier, I engaged and facilitated a Mardi Gras/Speak for Living …

 

Finding tongues in trees

Finding tongues in trees

 

“Where did you come from? Would you like to come in?”

“Where did you come from? Would you like to come in?”