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Debra Tayloe

Contact Name: Debra Tayloe

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Phone: (731) 668-8276

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Debra Tayloe is a professional studio artist, poet and arts educator. Debra Tayloe has extensive experience developing and designing multidisciplinary Participatory Arts Experiences for both adults and teens. She strives to strengthen the sensibilities of individuals to the aesthetics of poetry, prose and essay by giving each person the opportunity to engage in the actual process of writing. Her workshops are often a combination of brief lectures, brainstorming and the writing of drafts – which might include a finished piece! Debra always demonstrates a deep respect for individual approach and effort, strives to encourage participants to learn to trust their own insights and to simply enjoy the act of discovery.

Contact Debra Tayloe at debratayloeartist@gmail.com

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Program Title: Poetic Voice and Image

Program Type: Arts Integration

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Students will learn to identify the elements of art and principles of design as innate to natural forms found in nature as well as practical in their use in the creation of form in both visual art and poetic/prose composition. 
This project features the environmental and land art created by visual artist Andy Goldsworthy and the poetry of Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Mary Oliver.
A presentation of conceptual approaches in art making, non-objectivity, and abstraction as well as associational list making and “free-writing” will be introduced.

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Program Title: Everything We Need Is Here

Program Type: Arts Integration

Program Description:

Identify the elements of art and principles of design as innate to natural forms as well
as practical in their use in the creation of form in both visual art and poetic/prose composition. Following the initial stages of examination of subject matter through visual and written investigation students will then Integrate ideas, issues and themes by creating a visual art piece as well as written expression of said investigation”. Students in
2-D and 3-D classes will complete one or more finished works which demonstrate a connection of Common Core language skills through art and poetry.

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Program Title: "Getting To Know You" Intergenerational Shared Journal Project

Program Type: Arts Integration

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“Getting to Know You” – Intergenerational Shared Journal Project In this program intergenerational understanding will be strengthened through the creation of a shared journal in which art elements strengthen and define written expression visually. Each student will choose a journal partner, someone who would be considered a senior citizen (neighbor, grandparent, family friend). The student and journal partner will meet together face to face (if possible), sharing and listening to positive memories, ideas and dreams. Each will take time alone to reflect on the others’ history, life experience and viewpoints. They will each make handwritten pages recording in journal style some of the stories, reflections, and observations they have shared. If they wish, they may make a brief audio or video of conversations. To make the journal they will work collaboratively using the properties of the art elements of color, line, shape and texture as meaning, embellish handwritten pages using the same elements and assemble chosen pages into journal form. This program builds awareness and understanding through arts based communication by integrating the use of language arts and visual art to strengthen communication, understanding, caring and sharing.

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