Visual artist and art educator Gayle Swank Reyes has instructed students of all ages for the past 20 years. She earned her BFA in Metals/Jewelry and continued her education by earning her Master’s Degree in Education from GVSU. Her teaching experience includes serving in community programs for youth, as well as teaching art for Kalamazoo Public Schools. Gayle joined Education for the Arts (EFA) in 2013 as a teaching artist for both the Alternative Arts Program and as an Aesthetic Arts Educator. Currently, Gayle facilitates advanced high school art classes at the Kirk Newman Art School for EFA’s High School Art Enrichment Program. She continues to pursue her own growth as an artist by exploring a variety of art mediums while developing a body of work in her studio. She finds most of her inspiration from friends/family and summers at Gravel Lake in Lawton, MI.
Gayle enjoys combining her knowledge in both sculpture and painting to create papier-mâché figures. She began her exploration in papier-mâché approximately twenty years ago as a way to make art at home while caring for her infant daughter. Her background in metals and ceramics contributed to creating work that took on the illusion of another material with little cost invested, using up-cycled materials from home. Gayle offers a class in the fall called “Contemporary Techniques in Papier Mâché” and is currently co-teaching “Monumental Sculpture Techniques” with Kirk Newman Art School sculpture department head, Brent Harris.
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