Inspired by the Sámi Stories: Art and Identity of an Arctic People exhibition and drawing upon the rich art and culture of the Sámi – an indigenous people

living in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia’s Kola Peninsula – children will create projects using mixed media, textiles, and natural materials in tandem with stories about Sámi history and folk culture.

About the art educators

Dr. Amy Brook Snider arrived at the Pratt Institute in 1979. She chaired the Art and Design Education Department for 30 years while also working as a consultant in arts education. As Chair, she received grants for a number of programs promoting art, poetry, and design in the education of public school students. In 2012, she re-emerged as a full professor, teaching, supervising student teachers, and advising thesis students.

Brook Snider’s non-traditional approach to the profession is exemplified by the broad range of her interests, i.e., storytelling and children’s picture books, self-taught artists, and the integration of design in art education, to name a few.

She has served as Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, and as a representative on the Faculty Council and later, the Academic Senate. She was a founding member of the Initiative for Arts, Community, and Social Change Committee, and served on several committees across schools and departments.

In addition to teaching at Pratt, she has lectured in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain; designed international and American educational programs; published articles; conducted teacher workshops; curated exhibitions; organized national panels and conferences; and advised a public television station, an architectural firm, and private foundations. Brook Snider has also served on the Board of the Beginning with Children Charter School and was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Grant in 2010.

Ingrid Menendez has taught art in public and private schools, after school programs, museums, and at Pratt Institute’s Saturday Art Program for 18 years, acting as a supervisor and master teacher. She has also worked with Studio in a School and the New York City Department of Education, where she developed units for the NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts Standards. Menendez has shown her work in museums and galleries nationally and internationally.

Caitlin Reller received her B.F.A. in sculpture from the Herberger College of Fine Arts and Design in Tempe, Arizona. Upon graduation she received the Most Outstanding Sculpture Student Award. Reller obtained her Masters in Art and Design Education from Pratt Institute in December 2012. She is a co-founder of and teacher for the Small Hands Workshop, an affordable art program for young children in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and child.



Photo by the American-Scandinavian Foundation

SAT – 4-26-2014 through 6-14-2014 -2:00 PM
No workshop on Saturday, May 24, 2014
$12 ($10 ASF Members), Series pass: $68 ($56 ASF Members); Ages 6 – 11
Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly encouraged