Classes Taught: Children's Drawing, Painting & Multi-Media
Megan Jeffery, an Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) alumna with a BFA in Illustration, studied under such noted illustrators as Chris Van Allsburg and David Macaulay. She is an illustrator, teaching artist, and craftsperson. As an illustrator specializing in the educational and editorial fields, her work has appeared in books, magazines, and in international curriculums.
As a career Pre-K/ elementary educational illustrator, her life’s work has been to encourage, inspire, and invigorate kids to become lifelong learners by providing fun and immersive artistic content to curriculum for both school- and home-learning. Being an educational illustrator is a good gateway to being a teaching artist, and so…
As a teaching artist, Megan has brought her love of making art and sharing what she's learned with a variety of ages – from preschool to tweens and teens to older adults. The classes she has taught vary widely too – drawing, cartooning and manga, painting, collage, art journaling, sculpture, puppet making, felting, miniatures. Some of the establishments where she’s been pleased to offer instruction include: Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education, The Mattatuck Museum, Ridgefield Guild of Artists and Brookfield Craft Center. Megan has also been honored to have written curriculum for a nationwide art & design school.
As a craftsperson, Megan's three-dimensional works are frequently in fiber and in miniature, and often puppet-based. These works have been sold in online and brick-and-mortar shops, at trade and craft shows, and at open studios. Her puppets and miniatures have also been featured at Providence Children's Museum, Florence Griswold Museum, and RISD's Woods-Gerry Gallery. Megan was also pleased to have been a participant in the prestigious Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Puppetry Conference.
As an avid art journaler, Megan uses this form of creativity to make sure she is drawing every day, to keep limber and to exercise her mind and hand. She is so happy to be able to share the joy that drawing and art-making has brought into her life with the students at Artsplace; thank you for the opportunities!
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"My background as an illustrator has always served me well as a jumping-off point to my 3-dimensional, crafted pieces. Sometimes drawings are the end unto themselves, and other times the drawing is the preparatory work for another end-goal, another type of finished art. One of my “jobs” as an illustrator is as a storyteller, and any created piece -- a character, a prop, a set -- is in service to that story. The best time while creating is when “play” and “discovery” are present!" Megan Jeffery