Maine
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Robin Brooks

I am an artist and art teacher who loves working with people of all ages to inspire creativity and expressive engagement with materials. I live and work in Mid-coast Maine where I am continually inspired by my surroundings. I work in primarily in mixed media collage but I also love to paint, draw, make prints, and experiment with media, both 2-D and 3-D.

I have been involved in art education for many years, working in public schools, museums, and educational programs at all levels, from early childhood through adult. I am inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education and also my colleagues in the choice-based art education community.  My elementary art classroom at Williams-Cone School in Topsham, Maine is a hive of creative activity where children have permission to work and grow as artists. I joined the teaching staff at Williams-Cone in the fall of 2016 on a part-time basis after working in the Augusta Public Schools for eleven eyars.  

I am a member of the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell and Circling the Square Fine Art Press in Gardiner where I exhibit my work on a regular basis. My formal studies took me first to Boston (BFA 1979, Boston University) and later to New York where I earned an MFA in Painting at Parsons School of Design in 1984.  I am the oldest of five children. I was born in Newark, New Jersey and raised in West Orange where I graduated from high school with honors including a special inter-disciplinary award that was invented just for me. I have always loved to create and I enjoy lighting the spark of creativity in others. 

I am happy to offer short or longer term workshops for children and/or adults based on the specific interests and needs of the audience.  I like to personalize each workshop by learning about the specific context and how I can support members of your community in reaching your goals. 

 

I Have Worked With

  • July 2002

    Taught summer art camps for children for eight summers.  I introduced a Reggio-Inspired camp for children, ages five and six.  This camp was called "Me and My World" and offered children an opportunity to explore a wide variety of creative "languages" including wood, paint, drawing from observation, mixed media, and clay.  I also taught "Berries, Brushes, Color, Clay, and Stone" which was offerd to children ages seven through nine.  This camp ran for full days and offered a variety of art experiences inspired by nature and natural materials.  It was also a choice-based format, allowing children to work with the materials and methods they preferred.

  • February 2000

    I was an Early StARTS workshop presenter, offering individualized "Authentic Art in Early Childhood" workshops to childcare programs around the state.  I participated in this program from 2000 until the grant was discontinued by the Maine Arts Commission in 2012.

  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Robin
Job Title/Position: 
Artist and Art Teacher
Mailing Address: 
47 Ivanhoe Drive
Topsham, ME 04086-6109
Physical Address: 
47 Ivanhoe Drive
Topsham, ME 04086-6109
Last Name: 
Brooks
Phone: 
207 725 6337

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Additional Disciplines: 
Visual/Crafts - General
Visual/Crafts - Clay
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Visual/Crafts - Illustration / Drawing
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Visual/Crafts - Paper
Visual/Crafts - Printmaking
Visual/Crafts - Sculpture
Visual/Crafts - Textile Weaving
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Consulting - Organizational Capacity
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Professional Development / Training
Residency - In School
Residency - Other
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA)
Maine Art Education Association (MAEA)
Maine Education Association (MEA)
Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE)
Circling the Square Fine Art Press, Gardiner, Maine
Awards: 
Best in Show, Art 2008, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, Maine

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Certifications / Training: 
K-12 art
Tai Chi Easy, Integral Tai Chi and Qigong
Fee Range Minimum: 
$250