Karen Maggio isn’t afraid to step out of her comfort zone. Known as the "Adventurous Art Teacher," she teaches International Baccalaureate Visual Art (IB), drawing, painting and studio art at Eastridge High in Rochester, NY. IB programs allow high school students to complete advanced work in certain subjects and prepares them for higher education. "IB teaches students to think for themselves and come to their own conclusions instead of relying on one text,” says Maggio of the two-year program.
"If they are afraid to try something new, I tell them if I can do it, so can they! Hey I learned Graffiti Art when I turned 40!"
She also introduced her students to the “Memory Project,” an international program where students paint portraits of orphans in third world countries while learning about their culture. "I was overwhelmed by how engaged my students were with the project. They wanted to make a difference in someone’s life. After their portraits were completed they were actually sent to the orphans."
My enthusiasm for the process of creating art and especially watching my students develop has actually brought-out the best in my own creative endeavors. Early on, one of my own High School teachers encouraged me to pursue art in College. Looking back I'm glad that I took her advice. No longer the student, but the vessel passing on the torch, my journey has taken me full circle.
As an artist and life-long learner I continue to challenge myself. My earliest work was figurative. In graduate school I worked conceptually and then discovered Plein Air painting. When I'm not teaching, you can find me in my studio experimenting with digital illustration, painting portraits or other subjects I'm taken away by...
My work has become a visual record of my life's journey.
Masters of Science in Fine Art Studio,
Rochester Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science in Art Education,
Nazareth College of Rochester
Associates Degree in Design,
Art Center College of Design Los Angeles, California