Bowling Green, KY
Jonathan is a teaching artist, yoga instructor and award-winning visual artist from New York City, now living in Kentucky. He has been teaching and exhibiting for the past twenty years since graduating from Oberlin College. His expressive sketchbook journaling workshops for intermediate, middle and high school students are hands-on and experiential for participants with and without disabilities. His mindfulness, breathing and movement-based approach is adaptable to classroom settings. Students use simple art materials and are guided in developing creative learning skills. Jonathan provides a nonjudgmental environment, emphasizing play in developing cognitive skills, sensory awareness, and self-regulation. Classroom subjects and themes can be integrated into the residency and National Core Art Standards are addressed. Selected journal entries can be used to create a digital exhibition as a culminating event.