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More Words From Joan Maresh-Hansen
Founder of HeArtWorks and Company

Enjoy the portfolios of student work and all the reasons why I absolutely loved teaching both art and technology for more than three decades. Creative people have so much fun transforming their world into lines, shapes, values, and colors. Notice how the subject matters varied from artist to artist, different levels treated the same object in interesting innovative ways. Bikes and plants and people and other interesting subjects were explored in materials and media. Evidence of what a quality art program can do to boost the skill levels of creative young people while preparing them for the world of work in an art related career.
Visit often as this site and the sister sites are in their fifth year of transformation and all have much more to bring to life for you and your creative companions. Share what you find with other like minded art enthusiasts.Together we can make our art activities a joy to experience. All of my Best to YOU! Joan Maresh Hansen

Dear fellow art enthusiasts,

Enjoy the student portfolios of over 34 years of an incredible teaching life. I continue to be PROUD of my students and regard their work as a testament to their talents and successes. Having now retired from teaching I saved and treasured the artwork my students left behind. These works are available here to inspire you on the wonderful art that can be created by young individuals. Sharing these past students' work to your students will also encourage them to realize that the projects are "doable."

Compiling these works was like an archeological dig, unveiling remnants of other times . . . like finding cave paintings or broken ceramic vases and sculptures that had to be put together. My search continued throughout the years and I met others along similar paths, gathering and hoarding treasures and teaching ideas . . . ALL FOR YOU!

Memories of students and our work together has been such a blessing and it has enriched my life beyond belief. I once proudly visited one of my former students who is now an animator for Walt Disney. He took me on a special tour of Disney World and throughout that time, I couldn't hide my pride at his achievements and it all began in my classroom. I keep in touch with my other students to this day. Many of them are successful individuals: artists,art educators designers, and creative professionals who are all enjoying what they do and making a living doing it.

Enjoy seeing where the lives of these amazing creative people began their expression of creativity...

For more PORTFOLIOS and INCREDIBLE Project ideas My Virtual Art Room has expanded its offerings with more quality student work in both traditional and digital media. Here you will find:

  • Digital and traditonal student portfolios with artist’s statements,
  • sketchbook and altered book assignments,
  • webinars and podcasts that teach concepts,
  • years and years of  state and national conference innovative ideas.
  • Opportunities for Staff Development with an Art-itude & Cruise with the Muse, and Eve’s Garden, Texas workshops.

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