Author: Marla McLean

I am visual artist & educator living and working in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
I completed my Masters in Studio Art from New York University studying in New York City and Venice, Italy.
I have a BA in Education and Social Art from Godard College, Plainfield, VT.
I teach art (as the Atelierista) at School-within-School at Peabody, a Washington DC, Reggio Emilia inspired public school.
I am adjunct faculty at The Corcoran College of Art and Design, currently teaching, Art and Science-Developing Creativity (graduate level.)
I received the 2008 Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Art Teacher from the DC Commission on the Arts and DC Public Schools.
I exhibit and participate in art projects/exhibitions nationally and internationally.

And so, How Are You Different Than Nature?

And so, How Are You Different Than Nature?

It is the night before the very last day of the 2017-2018 school year. I just couldn’t let the year end without giving you this …

 

I hope beautiful things live forever

I hope beautiful things live forever

  Balance. This year, in addition to the daily creating and expression and relationship building in the studio/atelier, I engaged and facilitated a Mardi Gras/Speak for Living …

 

Labor of Love

Labor of Love

I was thinking about the complexities of “labor” today, on this Labor Day eve. I was thinking about the labor or role of the teacher. …

 

Finding tongues in trees

Finding tongues in trees

 

“Where did you come from? Would you like to come in?”

“Where did you come from? Would you like to come in?”

 

Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the World

Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the World

 

What the World Needs Now

What the World Needs Now

This post documents the process of the making of  our 4 foot by 4 foot bottle cap mosaic, inspired by the Wishes for the World …

 

“You can ask everybody in the world and ask them if you can be a part of their family.” David, age 4

“You can ask everybody in the world and ask them if you can be a part of their family.” David, age 4

 

Making ripples and Butterfly Flights

Making ripples and Butterfly Flights

It’s a new school year. Filled with possibility, new relationships, and sweet growth for both the children and all the connected adults in their lives. …

 

Bigger and Better than Ourselves: Humility

Bigger and Better than Ourselves: Humility

I thought I was going to write about Wonder, but instead I’ve changed my mind. I have been thinking about and researching the importance of Wonder …