Imagination is imperative to the artist. The artist’s objective is to conceive a vision, and then create it in tangible form from the mind’s eye. This is why artists have historically been at the forefront of social and cultural shifts: they are able to imagine what cannot yet be and help shape a direction for what can.
In order to bring about the cultural change the atelier community would like to see in the arts, we must first conceive of what that change looks like. And then we must execute, collectively, the steps necessary to create the change we imagine.
Mandy Hallenius is a certified K-12 art teacher and Co-President of the Washington Art Education Association. She is also President and cofounder of The Da Vince Initiative. The Da Vinci Initiative is a 501(c)(3) non-profit education foundation that supports skill-based learning in K-12 art classrooms. This Initiative works with teachers nationally and internationally through online classes, art education conferences, keynote speaker services, weekend retreats, district-wide workshops, and more.
Mandy is a graduate of the four year program at the Aristides Atelier. She also studied classical drawing at the Corry Studio of Figurative Art, Mims Studios, and Ingbretson Studio. She has 10+ years of teaching experience, and leads professional development workshops for art teachers and artists all over the United States.