Having studied art and education at the University of Hamburg, Germany (Master of Fine Arts and High School Teaching Diploma), I have been working with Youths and Adults of various ages in school- and private institution settings since the early Nineties, as well as following my own art practice. Teaching has always been an important part of my being an artist -- it is not a "day job;" rather a place to exchange ideas, communicate, inspire and be inspired.
I believe that an understanding of our world, an acceptance of different cultures, and exploration of contemporary and historic art forms, and a recognition that the unknown is to be welcomed and not to be rejected are essential in creating and understanding art and culture.
In a world run by technology I find it essential, especially for tweens and teens, to explore their imagination with a hands-on approach to build a creative mind. In a praxis-oriented classroom/studio situation I show and present images and films, as well as take the students out to museums and galleries in order to connect their own work with historical and current ideas and approaches. I feel lucky and privileged to assist them in the process of understanding the importance of art and finding their own voices.
Tina Oehmsen-Clark teaches the Youth Studio course for 10-13 year-olds and 14-17 year-olds, respectively, the Portfolio Development course for teens and young adults, and the Introduction to Sculpture: Media Explorations course for adults.