jesa-rae-richards-visual-artsJesa Rae Richards is a visual artist with an inquiry based, playful approach to arts integrated education. Jesa Rae received her BFA in Fine Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Her concentration in arts education allowed her to delve into a wide variety of artistic mediums, to work with a professional teaching artist and study child development. Jesa Rae’s work focuses on art as a means of connection. She has partnered with social justice organizations to bring arts workshops to children of organizers and was most recently employed as a lead teacher and program director at a community arts center where she was perpetually inspired by children ages 5-18. BOOK JESA RAE RICHARDS





GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Inside/Outside Art Books

This project is designed to be integrated into a natural science curriculum. Students will create interactive art books to ignite their imagination and deepen their understanding of animal habits and habitats and the spaces they themselves inhabit. A balance of active, embodied learning and focused art making will engage the students and encourage them toward a creatively empowered, inquiry based interaction with the material and an increased sense of connection to the world around them
Special Requirements (Space, Tech, Volunteer): Enough Space for students to move around for physical activities.
Residency Duration and Maximum Classes per Day:
5 days, 5 classes per day
Residency Fee:
$1,250 *residency length and fee negotiable (separate fee for materials may apply)

GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

The Language of Line: A Printmaking Project that Explores the Evolution of the Alphabet

This is a block printing project about abstract symbols; their evolution, use and meaning. Through instruction, discussion, drawing and printmaking, the students will gain an understanding of the process and purpose of the abstraction of forms and ideas. They will learn about the evolution of the modern Latin alphabet from pictographs to abstract symbols, the historical context that influenced this process and connect this to concepts of minimalism and abstraction in contemporary art.
Special Requirements (Space, Tech, Volunteer): None
Residency Duration and Maximum Classes Per Day:
2 days, 5 classes per day.
Residency Fee: $1,250.00 *residency length and fee negotiable.