Amanda Thompson has a background in fine art, community outreach, and education. She currently holds a BFA in Mixed Media from the University of Kentucky and an MAT in art education and MS in human development from the University of Louisville. She is in her fifth year of teaching Art at Western Middle School for the Arts. She has shown artwork, participated in arts exhibits and programs throughout the US, Ireland, Italy and China.

What do you hope your students take away from your class?

At the end of this semester, I hope my students will take away two main ideas. First, art materials can come from anywhere. We will use a variety of up-cycling techniques this term. Giving students a chance to see the transformation of everyday items is a wonderful opportunity to learn different ways of recycling and reusing materials. It gives us a chance to encourage our young artists to think globally and act locally. Second, art is fun! I want these young artists to have fun while creating 2D and 3D works. Art can be a challenge but we are ready to rock.

What is your favorite thing to teach and why?

My favorite teaching topic is recycled art. There are so many ways to take found objects and turn them into something completed different than the original intended purpose. We will explore multiple approaches to mediums like oil pastels and paints. However, we will also use magazines to create sculpture and recreate famous works like Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night on old bottles. These projects are fun ways to help the environment while creating something amazing!