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Collis Caroline Marshall

Visual Arts and Crafts

Louisville, Ky.
Collis Marshall received a masters' degree in fine arts/studio art and creativity with a thesis exhibition in 2005. Her professional training also conferred a masters' degree in Expressive Arts Therapies through Allied Health (1998) both from the University of Louisville. She maintains a sewing studio and conducts art-making workshops throughout the region at libraries, hospitals and schools through VSA Arts KY and Arts Access programs. She participates in teacher training institutes as a creativity specialist. Community art projects include a 'Gallopalooza' horse for Kutz-Kleinert hand surgeons and a 300 square foot mural at the Louisville Nature Center.  In 2006 she was invited to exhibit at "Beadwork 21st Century Style" at Mt. Ida College in Massachusetts and to speak on a panel of eight contemporary bead artists.  The beadwork and mixed media textile work she creates is sculptural and sometimes wearable art. She has an experiential openness to materials and techniques and considers problem solving a great motivation. She searches for the unifying thread, which connects the expression of her inner emotional state to a palette. Over the past decade her work has been published often, sold to private collectors and exhibited consistently on a local level. She finds joy and humor through her labor-intensive process and has traveled extensively to participate in conferences with other bead artists. Perseverance with her primary art medium has taught her to value patience and delayed gratification.  The ability to coordinate academic, social and emotional learning is part of the path of wellness that she strives for. She works with many exceptional children on a regular basis, including working with at risk and traumatized children.

Potential Residency Project

Driftwood 'talking sticks', bead weaving and gourd rattles
five-day residency with kindergarten through second graders

KY Core Content: Native American crafts, social skills, and geography with the elements and principles of art, music and storytelling.

The goals of this residency are

  1. To encourage creative thinking and problem solving,

  2. increase individual self-esteem, listening skills and positive group communication, and

  3. environmental education awareness will be enhanced through using items found in nature, such as driftwood sticks, gourds, raffia and feathers.

Children will be guided to create crafts with an emphasis on individual creativity and personal symbolism. The life cycles of native Kentucky creatures will be discussed with regard to family values and the natural history of the area. A video, drumming and CD music will be provided to enhance the experience.  Storytelling and photo documentation for parents and a performance piece at the school will be encouraged.

These activities show participants that what they think, feel, and say is important to everyone in the class and hopefully will result in making good choices. The projects allow everyone to express creativity while fulfilling core content objectives, and making something unique and meaningful. Respecting the validity of other viewpoints is encouraged by adapting cultural emblems shared around the globe among many diverse societies.