I am Brenda Butler. I am one of the two art teachers at Ramsey. I am also teaching STEAM classes. I have taught art in Minneapolis Public Schools since 2001. I am excited to start my 3rd year at Ramsey. I've taught middle school art at Lake Nokomis Community School - Keewaydin, elementary art at Wenonah and Park View Montessori. I taught high school art at Irondale High School for a couple years. Before coming to art teaching, I worked in the education department at Minneapolis Institute of Arts with their kids classes and Family Days.
I grew up in Kansas and have BFA degrees in Art and Art History from the University of Kansas. I got my M.Ed and teaching license in Art Education from the University of Minnesota in 1999. My background is in textile design and I've spent years weaving, knitting, felting and stitching wearable art. Currently, I've been working in paper and wool. This summer I've been learning to make my own yarn! I met a sheep farmer in June and bought a sheep fleece and I've been washing, cleaning,
Biking, running and nordic skiing are my moving passions. Ask me about mountain biking for middle school students, I'll tell you all about it! I also love to spend quiet days reading novels and spending time with my husband, Joel and three kids, Izzy, Owen and Neal.
I'm so excited to be a part of the Ramsey Middle School Community. I have the double thrill of teaching the awesome 6th, 7th AND 8th grade students at Ramsey as well as teaching side by side with Ms. Elissa Cedarleaf Dahl. Grab your brushes, scissors and glue, it's going to be a fantastically creative year of art making.
Brenda Butler | firstname.lastname@example.org
Visual Art Education Specialist
Ramsey Middle School | Minneapolis Public Schools
Email is the best way to contact me. Please remember that I am at Ramsey every other day.
Current work in the art room.
Students created pencil portraits with expression. These are self portraits and portraits of others.
Art work made to meet the learning target:
I can create a series of atmospheric landscapes using a variety of two-dimensional mixed media materials.
Assemblage (found object) and Soft Sculpture Projects completed in A Day art classes during Semester I.
These are the studio habits developed in an art classroom. Art Educator and author Lois Hetland says, "The real product of art education is not the works of art, but the child. We have to keep that firmly in mind - though it goes against several grains. What you need to do as a teacher of art is create kids who make good art, create kids who think well as artists, who have an artistic mind."
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Students may click here to enter our online art room. Worksheets, digital resources and daily planner are found here.
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