“Teaching transforms our relationship with art. It deepens our understanding of art in unexpected ways. We are more connected – to our own art making practice, to our community, to a world of ideas. We are opened to possibilities.”
Patricia Palmer is the Director of Art Education at Montserrat College of Art. Throughout her career Patricia has continuously balanced her studio practice with her commitment as an arts educator. Her mixed media works focus on the body and mind, and the rhythms and patterns that lead to awareness of their connection. Drawings, paintings, prints and sculptures explore a personal vocabulary of abstract imagery related to themes of relationship, observation, communication and systems.
In her work as an educator Patricia is interested in environments and instructional approaches that help people learn how to think, especially in and through the visual arts. She is a former teacher and spent twelve years as a researcher at Project Zero, a research organization at Harvard Graduate School of Education dedicated to understanding and enhancing learning, thinking, and creativity in the arts, as well as other disciplines. Her work there focused on deepening understanding of the arts and developing programs for schools, art museums and communities. Patricia previously mentored student art teachers at Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Education: B.A., Art History, Fordham University; K-12 Art Education Certification, Parsons School of Design/Bank Street School of Education; Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education
Mixed media on steel and aluminum, from the Script series, 2015