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Judith Dierkes

Contact Name: Judith Dierkes

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Phone: (901) 283-7201

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Judith Dierkes is transitioning from a fiber artist to a public artist. After years of making works of a less permanent nature she is creating murals. She also uses printmaking for her more socially active work. Her performance work is still in the realm of time-based art.
Dierkes views teaching as the ultimate collaborative experience. Comfortable with any age, she enjoys her work with groups and individuals.

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Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Meander Bookmaking

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

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The Meander Bookmaking program is adaptable to many settings. While a worthy Arts Integration lesson, it is also an appropriate Arts Appreciation and Arts Curriculum program because I bring a menagerie of art books to illustrate the endless possibilities of the medium. The lesson plan includes Tennessee Arts and Literary Standards. A meander book can be read 4 different ways and therefore contains 4 related stories. The book itself is simple and inexpensive to make, but very complicated to arrange the four stories effectively. The subject of the book can be any subject: dinosaurs, fractions, anger management, China, etc. It is also an effective Professional Development program that lasts from 1 hour to 1 day. For all age groups.

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Program Title: Creating Community: Story Quilts

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

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Quiltmaking with Groups

Textile artist, Judith Dierkes has over 20 years experience making quilts with groups. From paper quilts to personal story quilts, the artist shares the variety of techniques and materials used in a variety of settings. As teaching artist on numerous state rosters Dierkes made quilts in residencies that lasted from a few hours to a few weeks. She uses a power point presentation and samples to demonstrate the possibilities of the medium. Also included is an explanation of the More than Warmth Program designed by Judy Meeker. Almost every year she supplies the program with quilts made in her residencies or personal quilts she make with the leftovers from her residencies. This presentation can last from one hour to one day with the possibility of audience participation. For all age groups.

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Program Title: Visual Notetaking

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

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Visual Note-Taking: Making Memorable Art from Science Concepts and Reading Vocabulary

Led by Judith Dierkes

For students in grades: 7 & 8

Drawing skills enhance student’s ability to translate science concepts and reading vocabulary into visual depictions. Beginning with activities from the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, students learn to draw what they see. Next they draw what they know, and finally what they imagine. Sketching is a form of note taking and an assessment tool for understanding.

After a few basic drawing principles are mastered it is easier to draw what you know and imagine. Drawing vocabulary words enhances comprehension, interpretation, analysis, evaluation, and appreciation. Since we think in images, many abstract science concepts are best recorded with drawings.

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