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Dee Kimbrell

Contact Name: Dee Kimbrell

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Phone: (615) 822-1507

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Dee Kimbrell www.creativegeniusinyou.com

Dee Kimbrell is an interactive storyteller, visual artist, and professional development facilitator. As a Processology(TM) Practitioner, she is extensively trained in the learning process and cutting edge techniques to facilitate creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. As a visual artist, Dee specializes in using recycled materials and leads students to create something beautiful from items destined for the landfill and to learn new ways to care for their environment. In 2017 she was chosen as Borderless Arts TN’s Artist of the Year and in 2018 was awarded the International Art Award for her facilitation of an international art project with Egypt. Dee has also worked with The Frist Center for the Visual Arts as a teaching artist. She has served as a teaching artist for Cheekwood Garden’s summer program and Turnip Green Creative Reuse Center. You can find examples of collaborative murals with students at Children Are People, Darrell Waltrip’s Car Dealership, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, The Nashville Public Library and Nashville’s Grassmere Zoo. Please check out her website for more images of her work: www.creativegeniusinyou.com

As an interactive storyteller, Dee uses simple props to ignite participation for students to be an active part of each story. Dee’s dynamic style empowers student’s innovation and creativity to come forth while they collaborate with classmates to create a story and learn skills that will be valuable to them in any class where they are making presentations. Dee facilitates PBL workshops and residencies that are multidisciplinary, hands-on and answer the demands of today’s Common Core Standards. Dee leads students step by step to enhance their written, verbal, critical thinking and creative skills. Dee also provides professional development for innovative teachers. Dee facilitates collaborative experiences for teachers. These sessions are interactive and enjoyable, inspiring teachers to return to the classroom with fresh new ideas for preparing students to meet their future with confidence.

Contact Dee Kimbrell at deekimbrell@gmail.com

Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Alebrije: Creating Your Own Spirit Animal

Program Type: Arts Curriculum, Arts Integration

Program Description:

Students will create their own version of an Alebrije and learn about Mexican Folk Art and the technique of pulling prints from materials they have at home. Students will learn about line, color, and composition as they create prints and choose which will be the most dramatic to build their creature. The history of Alebrije will also be part of this very engaging lesson that students can do at home using readily available materials no matter the household.

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Program Title: ReUse Self Portraits: How do I See Myself?

Program Type: Arts Integration, Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

A virtual hands on lesson that connects students with themselves and their classmates using recycled open ended materials. Students will learn about the importance and relevance of recycling and create a unique self portrait from materials they can find around their home. They will share their work virtually with classmates via a Zoom session. They will also learn about historical and contemporary artists that use recycled materials in their art. This is an excellent activity for all groups as it is adaptable for any age and ability level. Students will use creative thinking skills, collaborative skills and how to think in symbols in a way that relevant to them.

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Program Title: Upcycled Beauty

Program Type: Arts Integration

Program Description:

Dee Kimbrell has facilitated the creation of 9 community murals since 2015 that are on display in Middle Tennessee and she has more on the schedule. These works of recycled art were completed anywhere from an 8 month residency in a school to a couple of hours in a workshop. If you would like for your students to design and create an image from plastic bottle caps, learn about recycling first hand, become better caretakers of their environment and bond as a student body, contact Dee and she will assist you to empower your entire school. (Go to www.creativegeniusinyou.com to see examples) She can work with your community to facilitate one large image or if you are looking for something on a smaller scale, students can create individual pieces in a single lesson. Dee also can provide a “nest egg” of clean plastic caps to get you started. Call her –no matter the size of the artwork, it is a wonderful team building experience for your students, faculty and families that they can be proud of.

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