Welcome to our first Monthly Member Monday! The first Monday of every month, a VATA member will be highlighted. Get to know our fellow members, connect with them via social media and learn about their hidden talents!
Our first celebrated VATA member is Sara Wolfson, art educator at Georgia Middle School. I sat down with Sara to ask her a few questions!
1. Sara, where did you grow up and/or how did you know you wanted to become an art educator?
I grew up in South Salem, NY, which is a cute, rural little town about an hour north of New York City. I started to think about becoming an art educator when I was in high school. At that point, I knew I wanted to work in the arts in some way, and I really enjoyed spending my summers working with kids at a day camp. With my love of art and working with kids, I thought art education could be a good career for me to pursue, but I also had some interest in working as an artist. That said, I went into college as a Visual Arts major to keep my options open. A couple of years into college, my roommate had some work on display at a gallery and I went to the opening. That evening, I had a big “ah ha” moment and I realized that the whole gallery scene and networking and really promoting yourself just wasn't for me. I felt much more comfortable working with kids. That was pretty much when I decided to go to graduate school for Art Education.
2. How long have you been an art educator in Vermont?
This is my fourth year as an art teacher in VT. I was at Fairfield Center School for three years before taking the job at Georgia Elementary and Middle School.
3. What is your favorite medium as an artist?
I love working with acrylic paint and I am starting to get into watercolors for the first time in forever. I also really enjoy drawing with graphite pencil and colored pencil.
5. Outside of the art room, got any secret loves or talents?
Outside of the art room, I stay pretty busy. I love to mountain bike and hike. Last year, I finished hiking all of the 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks which now makes me an ADK 46er. I recently started playing soccer again for the first time since high school. I ski as much as I possibly can all winter. My secret talent is that I spin fire poi and do a bit of fire performing here and there.