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celia shaheen سيليا شاهين

I came to teaching artistry first through a studio arts practice focused on traditional printmaking and textile processes, material experimentation, and exploring the role of ritual in craft. My first students came from my own university: fellow undergraduates with training in art and garment-making who sought to integrate craft materials and processes into their work. Since then, I have continued leading introductory workshops over textiles and papermaking alongside teaching art and poetry in community, museum, and K-12 school settings.      

As a teaching artist, I believe that all folks have an innate right to an artistically full life, and that everyone is innately creative and artistically capable. I am committed to inspiring and guiding learners towards the formation of personal connections—in, through, and about the arts—while prioritizing safety and inclusion, collaboration, personal voice, and moments of choice. While my teaching artistry is grounded in experiences as a printmaker, papermaker, and fiber artist, I am always seeking to adapt and expand my knowledge alongside my students. I believe in the innate power of arts education to transform individuals and strengthen communities, and work towards empowerment, empathy building, mindfulness, reflexivity, and social justice in building lesson plans and teaching.

Teaching Experience 

University Workshops

-Hand Papermaking for Printmaking and Pulp Painting, UT Austin Printmaking Department - 2019

-Teaching Assistant: Advanced Publication Studio—Papermaking, UT Austin Design Department - 2019

-Hand Papermaking for Sustainable Textiles, UT Austin Printmaking Department -  2019

-Introduction to Shibori and Indigo Dyeing, UT Austin Printmaking Department  - 2018 

K-12 Schools

-2-Day Class: Poetry and Performance for Sixth Grade, Lee Elementary School, Austin, TX 2019 

Museums + Community

-Sharing Our Stories Through Tapestry Weaving, Jack Pine Project, Online Class Through Zoom

- 2020-Workshop: Girl, Be Well! (Modified for Zoom due to the COVID-19 Pandemic) Blanton Museum of Art + GirlForward - 2020

 -Assemblage, Identity, Monument: An Afternoon with GirlForward, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX 2019

-Workshop: Scent & Sahtein: An Afternoon of Expanded Book Cataloguing, The Menial Collection, Baltimore, MD - 2018   

-Various workshops at Nezinscot Farm Fiber Studio:Organized and executed a series of weekly demos and workshops, including classes over tapestry weaving, needle-felting, drop spindle spinning, natural dyes, and jewelry making with fiber. Students ranged from grade-school children to adults; beginners to folks with experience in knitting and weaving.