Teaching

Experience:

Audry has taught ceramics and photography to a diverse range of students since 2007.  She is a strong supporter of community art education programs and has taught at Vanderbilt University's Sarratt Art Studios, Cheekwood's Frist Learning Center, and Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film's Community Education Program in Nashville.  Additionally, Audry has taught workshops at venues such as the University of Alaska (Sitka campus), the Appalachian Center for Craft (Smithville, TN), and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts (Nashville, TN).  She is currently a faculty member of Ensworth High School where she teaches advanced ceramics classes and runs the photography program.

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In in the field of ceramics, Audry can teach a wide range of hand-building and wheel-throwing processes.  She has experience running clay studios, mixing/formulating different types of glazes, and building/firing different types of kilns.

Audry also teaches both digital and darkroom photographic processes.  In addition to teaching with DSLRs and Photoshop, she currently runs two educational darkrooms where she takes great joy in teaching black and white film and printing techniques in tandem with photographic art history.  Audry also enjoys incorporating alternative processes and experimental cameras into her classes.

"Since good art doesn’t happen in a bubble, research is a central theme to my educational philosophy.  Projects and techniques are framed within the greater context of the historical and contemporary art world, which helps students quickly learn to push past the obvious solutions.  They develop a respect for the time and energy that goes into the creative process while simultaneously flexing their own creative muscles and finding their voice as an artist.  Through taking photos or working with clay, they are also learning the creative problem solving skills that are essential in our contemporary society."

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Upcoming Workshops and Classes:

This summer Audry will be teaching a 6 week-long Introduction to Pottery on the Wheel course at the Ensworth School (Nashville, TN).  The class meets Monday evenings from 6-9 pm and is open to the entire Nashville community (ages 18+).  More information and registration can be found on the Ensworth website.

Audry will also be teaching an intermediate/advanced ceramics workshop called "Putting Together the Pieces:  An Exploration of Assembled Wheel Thrown Forms" at the Appalachian Center for Craft (Smithville, TN) the weekend of August 4th - 6th.  You can register online here.

Private Lessons

If you live near Nashville, TN and are interested in private lessons, feel free to contact Audry.  She teaches out of her home studio in the historic Sylvan Park neighborhood and can accommodate a wide range of skill levels.

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