Paperclay Sculpture, Papier Mache Crafting
Join professional artist, Katherine DuBose, in her Western Avenue live/work loft to explore paperclay and papier mache fine crafts. No experience is necessary as small groups are guided through each step of the creative process to completion. Workshops are ongoing in Paperclay small sculpture and assemblage, papier mache bowls, and papier mache birds. Please visit the website for more detailed information and available class dates. Private group parties and instruction are also available.
Trained as a geographer, I have been making art for 30 years, first as a fiber artist now as a mixed media artist. I have been teaching even longer than I have made art. For me, teaching is about helping students over come their fear of failure and revel in the joy of exploring new ideas.
Nikki is a practicing artist and the co-founder/instructor of Refuge Lowell, a portfolio development studio space for students between the ages of 10-20 located at Western Ave. We assist young artists who seek serious portfolio development, playful artistic self-expression, and everything in between. With a strong emphasis on positive community outreach and the development of critical thinking skills, each student is offered a personalized approach to art-making, regardless of experience. Check out our website to see the work of our young art-stars!
My teaching philosophy as an art educator is to cultivate a safe environment where my students feel free learn what it means to critically examine their world and how to strengthen their technical skills for more effective visual communication.
Nikki Giraffo received a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Alfred University, NY in 2007 and a Masters in the Arts of Teaching from Tufts University, MA in 2010. As a practicing artist Nikki specializes in large-scale mural work, painting, and collage. Her technical approach is based in experimentation with unconventional materials and alternative collage processes.