Vermont
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Miriam Block

 

I am a teaching artist with a background in textile design and weaving. My goal is to gently guide children in the creative process as they explore new materials, carefully observe, problem solve, discover and make their own connections.

I hold a BFA in Textiles from Rhode Island School of Design. I worked as a Jacquard and Dobby designer at a mill in South Carolina before spending 6 years teaching the textile and apparel industry how to use proprietary textile CAD software as a design tool.  During this time, I taught a wide range of designers: from apparel designers who needed weaving basics, to college professors, to assisting mills in problem-solving real world design and manufacturing issues.

For the past 10 years I have been exploring art with children in diverse public elementary schools in NYC and more recently in Vermont. I have collaborated with teachers to develop lesson plans that integrate art into the classroom curriculum. In NYC, I was involved with long-term art residencies from the Guggenheim Learning Through Art program as well as the Noguchi Museum. Most recently in Vermont, I have created and taught after school and summer programs in weaving and pattern design that aligned with common core standards. 

In addition to my classroom experience, I have had extensive training from the Guggenheim in leading school museum tours. I enjoy leading inquiry-based art discussions both in the classroom and museum setting to foster careful observation and critical thinking. 

In the fall of 2014, I was chosen to participate in Arts Connect, a graduate level professional development course for teaching artists offered through Saint Michael's College and sponsored by Vermont Arts Council, VSA Vermont, BCA, IAA, and Flynn Center.  Through the program, I collaborated with a few classroom teachers at Robinson Elementary School to create and teach lesson plans that incorporated UDL (Universal Design for Learning) principles.  Thanks to the course, I developed an interactive weaving lesson plan that makes weaving accessible to all types of learners.

I can develop curriculum for all aspects of textile design using a wide range of media including elements of exploration in: weaving, pattern, surface and print design, color, scale, texture, and material.

Some ideas of curriculum that textiles work well with are:

math: scale, pattern, multiplication, measurement, shape

nature studies: patterns in nature, nature's weavers

environment: materials, resources, recycling

multiculturalism/community: habitat, traditional cultures, connections

communication: mood, emotion, storytelling

I enjoy brainstorming and collaborating with teachers to integrate art into the class curriculum. Please contact me if you would like to discuss incorporating any aspect of textile design into your classroom.  Thank you for your interest!

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Miriam
Job Title/Position: 
Visual Teaching Artist
Mailing Address: 
2257 Ireland Road
Starksboro, VT 05487
Physical Address: 
Starksboro, VT 05487
Last Name: 
Block
Phone: 
8024535830

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Textile Weaving
Additional Disciplines: 
Design - General
Design - Fashion
Design - Interior
Visual/Crafts - General
Visual/Crafts - Dolls / Soft Sculpture
Visual/Crafts - Fiber
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Paper
Visual/Crafts - Printmaking
Populations Served: 
Families
Immigrant Populations
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Curriculum Development
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
State

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Education: 
Arts Connect: teaching artist professional development program
Gallery Teaching for Elementary Schools: professional development program given by the Guggenheim Museum
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Vermont Education Roster

Accessibility of Services

I am happy to make accommodations to work with all types of people!

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
Design
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
Fee Range Minimum: 
$40
Fee Range Maximum: 
$250