Colleen Ayers- Summer at Sem Creative Arts is super excited to welcome esteemed artist and Wyoming Seminary full time faculty member, Colleen Larkin-Ayers! This summer, Colleen is going to be offering her amazing Ceramics course complete with a horse hair raku firing!
When art thrives in a community, the community thrives. In Ayers’ current environment the arts are thriving, and her kiln is running.
Ayers is a high school art teacher that has not only taught art history for the past eleven years but is classically trained in drawing and painting. Her teaching model is dynamic. She can reach any audience, and teaching is essential to the progression of the arts. Ayers’ educational layers include a Masters degree, and an under graduate degree in Biology and Art which was transcribed as an interdisciplinary Major in Medical Illustration. She has taught at the Art Students League of New York with Gustav Rehberger, American Painter, craftsman, Illustrator, designer, muralist and art educator. She has adopted this multiple layer of creativity in her own teaching and guarantees student success. When students benefit we all prosper.
As art faculty at Sem, many of her students have gone on to study the sciences as well as the arts at universities worldwide. Higher education held together at a creative level has a cohesive force that binds a community. With her educational background and more than two decades of experience, Ayers is at ease with any medium. Pedagogy is her chosen profession because of her relationship with students, whether they are artists or scientists, doctors or poets, Ayers believes in enhancing and intriguing all learners on the creative level. I am in awe of the use of molten metals, neon, the firing of clay, painting, and drawing, which all involve an intimacy with science, mathematics, and chemistry.
Ayers has completed course work at Peter’s Valley Craft School, Burti Ceramics, PAFA, Artworks Trenton, The Clay Studio, The Ceramics Shop, and regularly participates in programs associated with the University of the Arts. She will always be a ‘Students of the Arts’, with a creative soul and an energetic approach. The work shop world is a collective consciousness of makers.