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Annamaria Gundlach

Contact Name: Annamaria Gundlach

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Phone: (865) 977-5037

Annamaria Gundlach is a professional artist and teaching artist who loves creating art and sharing her passion of art! She is an arts integrations specialist who enjoys collaborating with teachers to create lesson plans that foster learning, creativity and enthusiasm. She is an outreach artist with the Knoxville Museum of Art, the sculpture instructor at the Knoxville Fine Arts & Crafts Center. She has received numerous grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission as a teaching artist. She is professional development presenter.
Annamaria has taught thousands of students and hundreds of professionals. She staunchly believes that everyone is creative. She loves the challenge of developing hands-on activities for learners of all ages and skill levels. Her art activities are multi-sensory and designed to develop mastery of the medium while encouraging confidence, creativity and self-expression.

Annamaria wants all professionals to experience success with their students and see how art does foster learning and can be applied to various academic disciplines. She believes art helps students gain a deeper understanding of the physical world as they engage all their when engaged in an artistic process because she believes the creative process requires students to think, to problem solving, to collaborate and to demonstrate their mastery and understanding of the medium. Thousands of students and teachers have experienced the joy of creating and learning with her.

Annamaria lectures, gives workshops and exhibits and sells her work in fine arts exhibitions and galleries.

Artist Work Samples

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Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Learn and Play With Clay

Program Type: Arts Curriculum, Arts Integration, Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

Clay is user-friendly and brings out the child in all of us. Clay’s versatility makes it easily adaptable to Core learning. There are many clays available that do not require firing such as air-dry clay and Crayola’s Model Magic. All art activities are age and skill appropriate and designed to make learning fun and meaningful. Students develop listening, collaborative and communicative skills. These art activities foster self-expression, problem solving and productivity. Pre-schoolers to adults can create clay objects with confidence and fun!

By creating three dimensional finger puppets, students can develop characters for social studies and literature. Animal sculptures make dioramas come alive. Students are active and engaged learners as they “create” and then use language both written and oral to describe their creation.

Example 1: Third graders created a Muddy Buddy and then wrote a rap song. They applied rhyming words, alliteration, similes, metaphors and basic language skills.

Example 2: Grades K-5 made salamanders, owls and elks to place in dioramas while learning about habitats, and endangered, threatened and extinct species.

Tennessee State Standards are integrated into lesson plans.

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Program Title: FACTS: Fine Arts & Crafts Can Teach Subjects, Teacher Inservice Workshop & Haiku

Program Type: Arts Integration, Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

FACTS: Fine Arts and Crafts Teach Skills introduces teachers to a variety of visual art activities in a nurturing environment that fosters creativity and meaningful dialogue. This workshop is designed to bring out the artist in everyone. Teachers need not fear art as Annamaria has brought out the artist in countless teachers. Her workshop is designed foster a sense of confidence and creativity! Classroom teachers of all grade level gain confidence in using various art activities. Teachers will discuss ways to enhance their lessons. Annamaria will share tips that dispel the need to be a professional artist in order to use the arts in the classroom. This workshop is appropriate for all grades from Kindergarten to High School. State and national standards are integrated into lesson plans.
FACTS equip teachers with additional teaching tools to enhance their lesson plans. Annamaria has collaborated with hundreds of teachers in weaving art in a meaningful way that enhances creativity and learning of Core subjects. Teachers explore and have fun engaging in meaningful art activities. Annamaria has an array of materials that are easily accessible and demonstrates fun and easy ways to engage in hands-on art activities that can be integrated into an academic environment.

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Program Title: Create a Collage Inspired by the Art of Romare Bearden

Program Type: Arts Curriculum, Arts Integration, Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

The lively, colorful and descriptive collages of Romare Bearden depict his life as an African American. His expressive collages are filled with people, places, symbols and traditions that portray his life story.
No drawing and sketching is necessary to create art inspired by Romare Bearden. This hands on art experience gives you the opportunity to tear cut and paste newspapers, magazines and colored papers to create “your story” collage. This art activity encourages self-expression visually and is easily adaptable for lessons in creative writing. Romare Bearden’s collages can be tailored to early learners by using patterns to create colorful and expressive figures.

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