Ms. Odom Artist, Creativity Educator

virtual world creation

In this class, its never a failure, but a learning experience. So, try again.

Designing a class of active creators means they are learning to take their mistakes and turn them into new possibilities, or improve on the original concept. In other words, we never quit, we do our best.

Everyone is creative, they just need to learn to recognize that fact.

As an artist, I've explored many art forms to express creativity. I've included a few of what I've done over the past few years. As an educator, I teach methods in exercising one's creative mind and introduce a variety of tools to help self expression.

I've done a series of "video" canvases, where I've painted the subject matter and also included a video. This one is of my friend, internationally well known performance artist from Cuba, Leandro Soto.

I have a B.A. in fine arts and education from the University of Guam and a Masters of Education in Educational Media from Arizona State University. I've taught K-12 as well as adults for the last 19 years.

AJ's Adventures in a Virtual World, exhibit at WHAM Art Gallery & Surprise City Hall

Besides getting a grant from the West Valley Arts Council to present works I've created in a virtual world, I also did a "Your Call" project where I had middle school students at the Arts Academy at West Point, design a virtual world of our own.

I am still a working artist and educator, with a background as being an Adobe Educational Trainer, Dysart Technology Leader and Master Intel Teacher. I have also been a member of the award winning team that made a difference in technology in Arizona schools through ASU's Preparing Teachers to Use Technology grants.

Closeup of Winner's Dream, Watercolors

I've had exhibits at the Arizona State Capital, Surprise City Hall, Avondale City Hall, Glendale Art Gallery, Peoria, Phoenix and WHAM Art Gallery in Surprise, as well as in Guam and Oregon.

Apache Crown Dancer, acrylic
Winner Sees, Acrylic

I have won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as other educational grants and awards in Arizona, Oregon and Guam.

From Winner's Dream

I encourage lifetime learning because I am such a learner myself.

Created By
Mary Odom

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