Profile Type: Artist
Kim Desjardins

Hi! I am a visual artist and teacher who believes that art is for ALL!  I want to come to your school or group and design an awesome art experience with you based on your client or students' needs and learning goals.  I am a teaching artist on the Vermont Arts Council teaching artist roster, a part-time public school art teacher in Essex Junction and art instructor at Burlington City Arts. There is so much to explore in art that, as an artist, I constantly try new media and techniques. Click 'more' for recent projects!


  • Coventry School, 2016- Puppetry and set design with k-4 as part of a week-long theatre partnership with teaching artist Trisha Denton. 
  • Essex Middle School, 2016- Unit on science and sculpture- students created life-size figure sculptures representing the body systems and anatomy 
  • Integrated Arts Academy,  2015- Guiding muralist Mary Lacy in integrated lesson design, material management and classroom procedures in a 5th Grade geometry mural unit
  • Capstone Community Action, Family Literacy Center in Barre, 2015-2016: Developed high school art curriculum for teens who are pregnant or parenting. Students earned H.S. art credit by creating mosaics, artist's books and independent studies
  • Barre Town and Barre City Elementary Schools: 2014-2015- Pre-K residency with 3-5 year olds exploring a variety of art techniques and processes in open-ended explorations
  • Integrated Arts Academy, Burlington: 2013- Unit on science and art. Essential question: "How can we use fiber art, painting, drawing, and sculpture to explore weather and water?"  Children created sculpture and mural of the water cycle and clouds
  • Integrated Arts Academy: 2014- Kindergarten residency exploring clay techniques, math and 3-D forms and Living vs. Non Living Things
  • Integrated Arts Academy: 2014- 1st Grade residency on printmaking and the phases of the moon, including a group mural


  • Speaker at Vermont Creative Council Creative Summit, Vermont College of Fine Arts Our panel, "Pathways to Partnerships," described collective impact, arts integration and Universal Design for learning as it relates to teaching artistry.
  • Presenter at Kennedy Center's Art and Special Education conference in Washington DC, National VSA conference (The national organization on Arts and Disability) . Spoke about Vermont arts partnerships and about kindergarten units that I taught through the Vermont Arts Council
  • ​Professional development for Head Start teachers.Taught printing projects and presented pre-K print lesson plans.
  • Graduate of Arts Connect. Course was made possible by a grant from the Kennedy Center. Applied Universal Design for Learning, Understanding by Design, and best practices for art integration and collaboration. Adapting lessons for children with cognitive and physical disabilities, and for English Language Learners. 





  • Painting cardboard clouds for our group weather cycle installation
  • Wheel and hand-built forms. Burlington City Arts 2013
  • Impressive work in progress by the 5 and 6 year-olds! The focus was the science concept of living or non-living things and clay techniques.
  • A Pre-school boy explores textures in clay
  • Weather, Water, Clouds...We did it!!
  • Recycled material sculptures like artist Louise Nevelson
  • Group mixed media collage with phases of the moon
  • My own Landscape using watercolor papers and techiques
  • By Kim Desjardins, made for community lantern parade
  • Kim Desjardins' portrait of reclaimed wood

I Have Worked With

  • August 2015

    Recently I spoke at the national VSA conference about art and special eduaction. I presented with a panel of people from leading Vermont arts organizations about Arts Connect, a partnership that strengthens teaching artists through Universal Design for Learning, arts integration and best practices in schools. I also volunteer for VSA's annual drumming workshop called BOOM! It supports the accomplishments of Vermonters with disabilies.


  • August 2015

    I am a teaching artist and working artist in the BCA studios. I am a gallery educator and lead groups in art viewing using visual thinking strategies. I teach and create in the clay, print, and painting studios. I teach clay sculpture and clay on the wheel, develop summer camp themes and help train instructors in group management. 

  • August 2015

    I became affiliated with Vermont Arts Council through Arts Connect, a teaching artist professional development. I often work though their Artists in Schools Grant. Apply for a grant and provide your organization or school with rich, integrated arts experiences. The Vermont Arts Council can fund my work with you for up to 10 days. See my profile and photographs for project examples. 


  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Visual Arts Educator
Physical Address: 
Burlington, VT 05401
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Visual/Crafts - General
Visual/Crafts - Ceramics
Visual/Crafts - Clay
Visual/Crafts - Fiber
Visual/Crafts - Installation
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Visual/Crafts - Printmaking
Visual/Crafts - Sculpture
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
Immigrant Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Curriculum Development
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Vermont Arts council
Bacchelor of Science- Art Education from University of Vermont, 2001
2008 Maine Honored Nominee-Art Teacher of the Year
Speaker at National C+VSA Conference/ Kennedy Center for the Arts
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Vermont Education Roster

I am a Teaching Artist

Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Mathematics
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
Vermont k-12 art certification
Fee Range Minimum: