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Megan Boschee: Art Educator

Eugene Field A+ Elementary School is a unique place. It is South Dakota’s first A+ school, and is the only one in Sioux Falls. With A+ standing for “Arts Plus Academics,” arts integration and collaboration are two of the four pillars of the A+ program. The classroom teachers and arts teachers collaborate to ensure that the curriculum is taught through the arts, and the arts taught through the curriculum. It is a creative environment for unique learning. With 80% open enrollment, an arts-oriented education is exactly why students enroll, and exactly what draws educators like Megan Boschee.

Originally from Watertown, Boschee received her arts education degree from Northern State University in Aberdeen. Her first two years of teaching consisted of traveling from school to school teaching art in Sioux Falls. When a more rooted position opened up at Eugene Field, Boschee knew if she did not at least apply, she would regret it. A firm believer that students learn in different ways that need to be accommodated, she was compelled by the idea of a school that focused on arts integration and incorporated Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences. She was elated when she was offered the position, and has been at home there, in her own classroom, for the last 6 years.

Boschee is also no stranger to JAM. She and JAM’s Jess Johnson met when Johnson presented at a teacher in-service. After hearing how JAM could support classroom education, Boschee got in contact with Johnson about presenting at Eugene Field’s Multiple Intelligence Day (MI Day, for short). So far, JAM has presented on creative reuse for two of those events, and has become a student favorite. In fact, some of you may remember the interactive shoebox installation at Art Maze. That was a product of last December’s MI Day. Boschee’s students were thrilled to have the opportunity to be featured in a professional art show.

Another fantastic way Boschee exposes her students to the life of a professional artist is by allowing them to pick and publish their own art on an online portfolio. It is something she has trained nearly all of her students, K-5, to do on an iPad. Pretty phenomenal. Prior to receiving five additional iPads last month, by applying for grant funding through the Sioux Falls Education Foundation, Boschee’s classroom shared only one iPad (yet, still managed to publish around 1,000 pieces). Receiving five additional devices has immensely accelerated students’ ability to publish work in portfolios on Artsonia (1,000 pieces alone since January).

Artsonia is an online student art museum that allows parents/individuals to view and purchase children’s artwork. Funds generated through the site help purchase art supplies for Boschee’s classroom. Check out the rad work of future local Sioux Falls artists here.

Aside from watching musical theater, hanging out with friends and family, watching movies and listening to podcasts, Boschee also enjoys creating her own art. As an artist, she draws inspiration from graphic design, particularly magazine ads, window displays, and billboards. Her artistic focus is largely mosaics, which is apparent in nearly every surface of her house. While it is a creative release that she mainly does for herself, she hopes to market and sell her work in the future.       -TNZ

 Meet Megan Boschee.

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What led you to teach?
My mom is an art teacher, as well. When I was growing up, I was convinced that I was not an artist and that it was my mom’s thing, but not mine. I enjoyed art as a child, but it was never my focus. During my senior year of high school I took a few art classes that I figured would be “easy” electives and I completely fell in love with creating. I actually had a moment in my painting class where I was working on a project and I was so focused that the bell rang for dismissal and I hadn’t even noticed. I remember thinking that if I loved art that much it should definitely be what I do professionally.

What do you hope to teach to your students?
I hope to give my students an exposure to many art styles and techniques, so that they are able to be creative and are filled with a belief that great art can be created in many ways. I also hope that my students develop the courage to continue creating throughout their life. Most of all, I hope that my students will see that art is everywhere they look, and not just in museums or galleries.

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Tell me about your teaching style.
I am strict on procedures, but open to variety. My students know what I expect of them when it comes to taking care of the materials and maintaining order in the classroom. I don’t have a lot of rules (my only rule is “Do your job”), but we practice everything. Every material that is introduced comes with procedures that we review.
While creating, my students know that I will support their artistic choices. I encourage them to try something new, even if it means their project won’t turn out the way they hoped. I’m looking for individual results and not cookie cutter perfection.

What is your favorite medium to teach?
I love to teach painting—especially watercolor. It is a very friendly medium for my young students, and most of my students feel successful with it.

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Student art can be found everywhere in the halls of Eugene Field, particularly in designated galleries, complete with gallery lighting.

What is the most important thing you teach your students?
That art is everywhere. Everything that they touch had an artist involved. Living your life can be a very artistic experience when you view the world in this way.

Who are your favorite artists?
I love Andy Warhol—the way that he took such simple objects and created interesting images. The whole pop art movement is fun and my students love learning about it. I’m also a huge fan of graphic design. I find it very inspiring. Advertisements are my favorite part of magazines.

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If you weren’t an art teacher, what would you do? What is your dream job?
Growing up, I always wanted to be a hair stylist.

What type of art do you personally enjoying making? Crafts?
I paint (acrylic and watercolor) and I create glass mosaics—usually functional pieces like tables.

What keeps you teaching?
Creating is crucial to living a happy life. My job allows me to guide young people toward a life of creating. Teaching provides me with a secure income, a schedule that allows me to spend time with my family and most of all it allows me to create every day.

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How would you like to be remembered?
I hope I will be remembered in a positive way…beyond that I don’t have any specific wishes about my memory. I always tell my students that they get to create a story for their art, and then the viewer can create their own story about it. I would apply that same idea to how people remember me. They can have their own story. I just hope it is a positive one.

 

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The Sweet Art Show: A Look Back, Forward

Everyday JAM receives donated, lightly used art supplies that they are able to turn around and get into the hands of artists and crafters at an affordable price. That is just one stroke of the paintbrush. JAM Art and Supplies fosters community. Whether it is through their classes and workshops or their website’s First Friday Reviews and Inspiring Interviews, they are a palette of resources for the Sioux Falls art scene. To support that work, JAM hosts an annual fundraiser – the Sweet Art Show, two days before Valentine’s Day. If you heart art, you will not want to miss it.

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Last year’s show at MoVM.

Last year, with attendance exceeding 250 people, the first Sweet Art Show raised more than $10,000. Thanks to those generous sponsorships and donations, JAM was able to further their mission in 2015. They offered classes and workshops to Sioux Falls artists and children – ranging from free art clubs for middle school and high schoolers, business coaching classes for artists, private lessons, as well as toddler yoga and sing-alongs. They also held their first creative reuse summer camp last August. Kids 8 to 13 learned what creative reuse was, and were also introduced to art installation. As a group, they developed a concept and turned Exposure Gallery into a “candy thunderstorm.”

Last year’s event was held at the Museum of Visual Materials, and featured the work of 16 local artists. Other sweet attractions included a gourmet ice cream social with toppings (created by Chef Lance Catering), a cash bar, silent auction, a create your own Valentine station, and a surprise performance by the Washington High School drumline.

This year, the Sweet Art Show will be at the Icon Event Hall + Lounge on February 12. From 5:30 to 8:30, it will once again showcase the work of local artists from the ‘Inspiring Interviews’ series, with the art available for purchase. Featured artists this year: Lance JeschkeTrish MayerKevin CarawayZach DeBoerJeff BallardShaine SchroederReina Okawa, Sharon Wagner Larsen, Em Nguyen, and Mary Groth.

The night will also include the gourmet ice cream bar and other tasty treats, a presentation of an artist advocacy award, live music by Elisabeth Hunstad, raffle prizes…plus a huge surprise that will give you a taste of just how sweet JAM really is.

Looking forward, along with acquiring space for a classroom and providing scholarships for private drawing lessons, JAM looks to send staff to a Monart Method drawing seminar and a Visual Thinking Strategies workshop – both art-based teaching methods that increase core learning skills, comprehension, and problem-solving skills. Funds will also help sustain and improve JAM’s website, increase creative reuse summer camps to 4, and provide more class and workshop opportunities to Sioux Falls artists and children in 2016.

New year, new goals, one strong mission: get art supplies in the hands of local artists. Get involved, yo!

Exclusive sponsorship opportunities are available for you or your business! Become an art advocate, and support a nonprofit that is making waves in the Sioux Falls community. For more information on sponsoring JAM and the Sweet Art Show, please ask to see the 2016 Sponsorship Commitment Form or contact Jess. Share with your business-owning friends too.

Other great ways to get behind the mission? JAM takes merchandise donations year-round, and is always looking for volunteers.

Check out more of last year’s event below. We will see your face on February 12!

 

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Wanted: Volunteers!

JAM Art and Supplies, Sioux Falls artists, volunteers

JAM is seeking volunteers to help operate the store on the weekends.

The Perks:

  • Great opportunity for community service
  • Meet the artists and crafters of Sioux Falls who come to the store
  • You are free to read, study, do homework, craft or browse the internet while you manage the store
  • You will receive a Membership Card, giving you 25% off of your JAM purchase for a year ($25 value)
  • You will receive lots of love from JAM

How it Works: Continue reading Wanted: Volunteers!

5 Reasons to Stop by Tomorrow

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Tomorrow is the big day! We can’t believe its already arrived. When Jess first described her dream to us, the Creative Reuse store was a huge part of that dream. That dream is taking shape right before our eyes and we couldn’t be happier or more excited. We are grateful for the support we’ve received so far, and look forward to seeing you out and about tomorrow night.

Not like you need the extra push, but here are five solid reasons to venture out into the cold tomorrow Continue reading 5 Reasons to Stop by Tomorrow

5 Ways to Support JAM Art and Supplies

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The JAM Creative Reuse Store would not be happening if it wasn’t for you. Over the past few months, we’ve met some incredible artists and creatives in the art community – you know who you are. We’ve loved collaborating with you and meeting you, hearing your stories and needs. Plus, we love showing you off. Continue reading 5 Ways to Support JAM Art and Supplies

5 Possible Reasons You Would Shop at JAM

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The JAM Creative Reuse Store is a store similar to a thrift or pawn shop where you bring your unused, like-new art supplies to the store to donate and we re-sell them at a low cost. We are a nonprofit for artists, but we’re also helping Sioux Falls become a little more “green.” Plus we help other nonprofits by donating art supplies to their endeavors. We can only survive with your help so please bring your donations to us, or let us know how we can help you find the supplies you need. See a list of items you can donate here.

To give you an idea of WHY you would shop at JAM, I’ve listed a few common reasons creative reuse stores are popular in other big cities around the country:

1. You only need one pink permanent marker. Continue reading 5 Possible Reasons You Would Shop at JAM

5 Reasons the JAM Creative Reuse Store will benefit Sioux Falls

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This is it. The final countdown is upon us. The JAM Creative Reuse Store will be opening in Exposure Gallery in Sioux Falls this Friday. We invite you to attend the First Friday events around Sioux Falls on Friday as well as to stop by and see us! To countdown to our big day, we will be serving up a series of posts this week to let you know what JAM is REALLY all about. Below are five reasons why the JAM Creative Reuse Store will benefit Sioux Falls and the Sioux Falls creative community: Continue reading 5 Reasons the JAM Creative Reuse Store will benefit Sioux Falls

JAM: A Creative Reuse Center for Sioux Falls

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Did you know that there are over one hundred creative reuse centers in the United States? California has sixteen of them!

Do you know what a creative reuse center is? It is a place for Continue reading JAM: A Creative Reuse Center for Sioux Falls