Amanda R. Hancock
Henderson, TX 75652
Areas of Studio Expertise
Drawing, Painting, Interdisciplinary/ Multidisciplinary Art, Ceramics (Amateur), and Printmaking (Novice)
Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
2008 M.A. Ed.
Texas Tech University, Junction, TX
1999 B.A./Secondary Ed. (English and Art)
Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX
Panola College, Carthage, TX
1999-Present Tatum High School, Tatum TX
Art 1- I teach the use of design elements and design principles to create aesthetic pleasure. Additionally, I lead in artistic technique, self expression, and creativity through a variety of two-dimensional such as graphite, colored pencil, oil pastel, pen, marker, tempera paint, and collage. I also teach a minimal amount of three-dimensional media, including plaster wrapped gauze and low-fire clay. My intention for this class is to allow students to play with media and learn how to use creativity as a means of communication. To aid in this effort, students are also responsible for creating “spirit drawings” or pictorial journals in their sketchbooks.
Art 2-4: Drawing (and more)– This class is essentially an extension of Art 1, with the addition of some more advanced media such as watercolor, charcoal, and colored pastel. Occasionally, students are afforded the opportunity to use acrylic paint as well. As we focus on the human face and minimal perspective in Art 1, we concentrate on the proportion of the human body, the body in motion, and more advanced perspective.
Because drawing is the foundation of art-making, we continue with drawing processes as we move to various techniques of painting and mixed media. In the context of painting, we concentrate on color theory and the use of compliments for de-saturation. I challenge the students to use black, white, and brown as a last resort, and to mix their own colors from pure primaries (emphasizing magenta). Students also learn to stretch their own canvases panels and use alternative surfaces such as cardboard, poster board, clay, and foam core panels for painting and mixed media.
Additionally, we do a small amount of ceramics. Using high fire clay, students learn how to manipulate and create using ceramic building techniques such as pinching, coiling, slipping, and scoring. Students also learn how to build from slabs and decorate using sgraffito, pressing objects into the clay, and adding appropriate appendages. We also use a variety of finishing techniques such as iron, cobalt, and copper washes, colored slips, underglazes, low fire glazes, and high fire glazes. We do a minimal amount of throwing on the wheel, according to the class size and wheel accessibility. Students are made to use mind maps to generate original ideas for artwork once they have learned foundations. Students are made to use mind maps to generate original ideas for artwork once they have learned foundations.
2009- Present Adjunct Faculty, Kilgore College, Longview, TX and Tatum, TX (Dual Credit)
Art 1301– This class is Art Appreciation. I lead it in round- table form (as I am not a lecturer, rather, a leading collaborator). We read about and discuss the differences between the arts in Western, and some Eastern cultures, the elements and principles of design, various media and processes, and modern art (18th -21st centuries). Students learn to critique artwork according to style and content, as well as write critique and research papers in MLA format. Syllabus is available upon request.
2009-2011- Adjunct Faculty, Stephen F. Austin SU, Nacogdoches, TX
Art 390- Art for Elementary teachers is a class that informs future elementary teachers about the various learning stages of a child, how to work with a child and his or her creativity within those stages, and how and where to guide individual children in the visual arts in general. Additionally, I spent a much time stressing the importance of making curricula relevant to children today and guiding students in how to inspire their future students to think for themselves. Syllabus is available upon request.
2008-2009- Texas A&M- Texarkana, Hallsville, TX (Lab School)
Art 369– This class is the same as SFASU’s Art 390, above.
Workshops and Presentations
2010 Led teacher workshop on Prison Art: The Pano at Art Day at SFA, Nacogdoches, TX
2010 TTU Graduate Panel Workshop at Texas Art Educator’s Association Convention
2014 Guest speaker at Hideaway Lake’s Variety Club luncheon, Lindale, TX
2015 Led presentation at TAEA about MFA-IA thesis, I AM My Sisters’ Keeper
2017 Led workshop presentation, Creating Creativity at Texas Educational Service Center, Region 7
2017 Led workshop presentation, Inspiring Inspiration at Texas Educational Service Center, Region 7
2020 Led workshop presentation at TAEA about Inspiring Inspiration and mind maps
2008 Moments of Peace and Praise, Calvary Baptist Church, Henderson, TX
2009 Loved and Beloved: Solo Show, MoJoe’s, Henderson, TX
2012 Be Still and Breathe, Cafe Tazza, Tyler TX
2016 Opened interactive Studio/ Gallery, Art Alive, Henderson, TX
2006 Student Invitational, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, TX
2007 Student Invitational, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, TX
2008 Woman and Vessel, Thesis Show for Masters of Art Education, Texas Tech, Junction, TX
2008 The Junction Girls, group exhibition, J&M Studios, San Antonio, TX
2009 Teacher/ Student Show, Dual exhibition, Cafe Tazza, Tyler, TX
2010 Loved and Beloved: Group Show, Café Tazza, Tyler, TX
2013 East Texas Regional Artists, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, TX
2015 Art Exhibition III, Norsworthy Gallery, Shreveport, LA
2017 Art Alive Annual Group Show, MoJoe’s, Henderson, TX
2018 Solo show, The Foundry, Tyler, TX
Awards, Recognition, and Publications
2001 Certificate of Education in Secondary Art
2004 Star Polisher Award, voted by students at Tatum High School, Tatum, TX
2008 Began showing artwork in gallery, The Good Art Co., Fredericksburg, TX
2009 Kristina:Peace, cover of Trends journal for the Texas Education Art Association
2009 Artwork and artistic practice featured in article “Social Justice as a lens for Teaching and Making Art: Six Testimonies” by Dr. Ed Check and Future Akins- Tillett M.F.A. in Trends journal
2009 Began showing artwork at MoJoe’s Coffee Cafe, Henderson, TX
2012 Teacher of the Year, Texas Classroom Teacher Association, voted by faculty TCTA members at Tatum High School, Tatum, TX
2013 Seven Strands of Pearl cookbook and dedication to the preservation of sisterhood through the domestic arts, written, collected, illustrated, and published; available at www.amazon.com
2014 WOW award in Tatum Education, selected by THS principal
2014 Region VII, Tatum High School Teacher of the Year, voted by THS faculty
2015 MFA-IA thesis, I AM My Sisters’ Keeper published and adopted by Texas Tech University as a textbook for their Masters of Art Education seminar class
2016 Certified Kaizen Muse Creativity Coach
2008 Woman and Vessel: The Quest for the Grail of Gracefulness among the Cup of Service
2014 I AM My Sisters’ Keeper: Using Art to Commemorate, Celebrate, and Advocate the Sustainability of Sisterhood