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Dee Kimbrell

Contact Name: Deeanna Kimbrell

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Phone: (615) 497-4066

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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.
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 Project Based Learning workshops and residencies that are multidisciplinary, hands-on and answer the demands of today’s State 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 that are interactive and enjoyable, inspiring teachers to return to the classroom with fresh new ideas that ignite curiosity and inspire students to be lifelong learners.

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:

Dee Kimbrell has worked with the staff of several Tennessee schools to organize and manage student bodies to collect recycled bottle caps and materials required for a mural in your school. Dee has experience working with schools to design and create murals of various sizes with student body input. This collaborative recycled bottle cap mural experience is one that will bond your student body and create a life long memory. More examples provided upon request.

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Program Title: Self Portraits from Recycled Materials

Program Type: Arts Integration

Program Description:

• Students will create a self-portrait from recycled materials..

• Students will learn about historical and contemporary artists that use recycled materials and representational design.

• Students will work collaboratively with their peers to share recycled materials.

• Students will gain experience in critical, creative and representational or symbolic thinking.

• Students will gain skills in working collaboratively with peers and considering how others perception might be different from their own.

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