Judy ThompsonExplore, discover and create describe the learning processes for Judy Thompson’s exciting visual art residencies. By combining her experience as a professional artist and as an instructor, Judy designs meaningful and engaging lessons which are age appropriate, content dense and fun for everyone. Whether creating nature journals, concertina books, or personal landscapes, learners will discover and explore new mediums while connecting art principles to core content areas. Lessons can be tailored to fit the needs of students. Possibilities include:

• Language Arts - Students learn how color, mood and voice are essential components of both literature and art. Using Dr Seuss’s work The Lorax as a model, students will create accordion or concertina books which reveal their own colorful imaginations.
• Science - Careful observation is a basic skill for both the scientist and artist. Through interactive projects using a variety of materials, students create nature journals.
• Math - Symmetry, geometry and perspective are mathematical concepts used by artists and are incorporated into a variety of art projects which include op art patterning to multiple perspective drawings. These artworks are combined to create a collaborative art quilt.
• South Dakota History - After viewing and discussing a variety of art, including Judy’s Homestead Series, students will make connections between art, individuals and history. Students will explore the significance of art through history create artworks which portray their own family’s history.

Judy’s own art interprets the people and places of the Great Plains. Her vivid watercolors have received regional and national awards including two artist residencies with the National Park Service. During her first residency with the Homestead National Monument, she created the Homestead Series which has toured throughout the Midwest and is now on South Dakota Art Council’s Touring Arts roster. Her second residency, with Badlands National Park, has kindled an interest in the history of the western movement through South Dakota. Judy is a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society and is represented at Rehfeld’s Art and Framing in Sioux Falls. She is a popular instructor for both children and adults and is also an artist for schools and communities with the Nebraska Arts Council.

803 4th St NW
Orange City, Iowa 51041
(712) 541-0021


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