Teaching Experience.

Michelle Sider teaching

I have taught classes for the past 40 years in the following mediums: watercolor, drawing, acrylic painting, pastel, glass mosaic, and mixed media. I am skilled in teaching all age groups from children and adolescents to adults. Subjects have included: introduction to art, intermediate painting and drawing, advanced painting and drawing, figure drawing, figure sculpture, animal drawing, still life, perspective, composition, color, glass mosaic, art literacy, landscape in watercolor, pastel and acrylic and polymer clay. My teaching experiences include: teaching high school, middle school and elementary art, private classes, group classes through the  Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, the Royal Oak Recreation Department, the Detroit Jewish Federation, guest teacher at various secondary schools, camp art programs, artist in residence programs and numerous classes through the community.

From 2008-2012, I taught classes to teachers focusing on incorporating creativity into the classroom. I am a consultant with schools and teachers on incorporating creativity in the curriculum. I have been teaching and directing creative art projects and community events since 2002 including; artist in Residence at AISH Sunday School, art consultant for the JCC Maccabi Games and Arts fest, day of Learning for Detroit Jewish Federation and lecturing on creating art.

I codeveloped a Family Service at Congregation Beth Shalom in 2002 and was responsible for running the service and creating a weekly creative group activity and illustrating the prayer book. Since that time, I have been involved in Sunday School and community programs throughout the Detroit community.

Teaching high school art at Frankel Jewish Academy from 2004-2016, my students consistently won local and national awards (Scholastic, Congressional, [email protected] Art, RAVSAK, Federation Passover art contest and more). I initiated several art projects whereby students designed and produced art products for the community.  In addition I created a yearly art contest for my students. My psychology background has served me well in the classroom setting. I have developed a number of different techniques for motivating students to reach their potential.  High standards for quality in my classroom are achieved in part due to good rapport with my students and clear and concise instruction.  I enjoy teaching and my students enjoy participating in my classes and projects.