April Artists – Day 13 – Samantha Garfield

My name is Samantha Garfield and I am a teaching artist and dancer in Austin, Texas. I am certified to teach k-12 art in Texas. I teach the Explore Arts program at the Dougherty Arts Center and I teach at various campuses around Austin for Art and Soul.

I worked for a semester as a student teacher at Anderson High School teaching Art I and Fibers. I am currently working on my masters degree in art education at the University of Texas in Austin. I am writing my thesis on how to use art criticism techniques to teach school age children about contemporary art.

Before moving to Austin I lived in Houston where I received my bachelors in art history from the University of Houston and I worked as a docent at both the Museum of Fine Arts and the Blaffer Museum.

garfield - vintage tempera paint on paper

Name: Samantha Garfield
City: Austin Texas

How long have you been doing art: Since high school. My dad was an artist so I was raised around it and when I learned how to draw it felt like I had uncovered a super power.

Are you a lindy hopper, and if so, how long have you been dancing? Yes! I have been dancing for five years.

What inspired you to make art: My love of bright colors and also the need to sit quietly sometimes and problem solve and work through ideas.

Garfield - Josephine

What is your medium: I mostly use sharpies.

Where you hope to go with your art: I’d like to sell my art and show it. Its also very important to me to be able to inspire others to believe they can be artistic and creative if only they would decide what that really means to them. I’ve considered myself an artist for a long time but in September 2013 I started making art every day. The reason I did this is because I like art that has an emphasis on content over form. I want art to mean something that demands interpretation and causes discussion—especially controversial discussion. This is a heavy burden on me as an artist. A lot of times I end up not making any art at all because it wouldn’t mean anything, prove a point, or state an opinion. So I end up not creating anything at all. Then when I do have something to say I don’t know how to say it because I am just not in the practice of creating. I don’t even know where to begin. I had been underestimating how cathartic and powerful creating can be and how just doing it can be very meaningful and a statement in itself. I aim to create.

garfield - SO


tempera paint on paper

Are you available to make these for people? Some things are available to sell and I can take requests also

Contact info: 
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/samantha.garfield.1
etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/artofunderstandingaching
blog: http://artofunderstanding.wordpress.com/

Don’t forget to stop and enjoy the Art!


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April 13, 2014 | Filed Under: Artists | Tagged: art criticism, art technique, color, paper, Samantha Garfield, sharpie, tempera paint, Texas

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