A.I.M.'s teaching ARTISTS
TEACHERS work with professional artists TO explore arts integration.
A TEACHING ARTIST IS:
- An accomplished artist in his/her field.
- Experienced in teaching practices that include planning, communicating, instructing, collaborating, and engaging young people in learning.
VIDEO: "THE TEACHING ARTIST"
meet A.I.M.'S TEACHING ARTISTS for 2017-18
Kris has been a teacher, writer, and professional storyteller for more than twenty-five years. With a suitcase full of authentic props, Kris performs as her celebrated storytelling characters, Madame Lanita and Sophie Obermueler, while bringing over twenty original stories to life. She shares her passion for the dramatic arts and storytelling while visiting schools, libraries, special gatherings, and in her unique 1916 barn – the PAPER COW THEATER. Kris also leads Paper Cow Theater drama camps/residencies, guiding students to discover, develop, and perform original stories using traditional storytelling techniques.
As half of the comedy juggling duo In Capable Hands, Kobi has performed as a professional variety artist since 1997. Trained at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College, Kobi has performed at schools, libraries, fairs, festivals, cruise ships, corporate events and Atlantic City. Her skills have also led to appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Ellen and Live with Regis and Kelly. Fall 2015, Kobi and her husband were featured presenters at UW-Stout TEDx, speaking "In Praise of Whimsy". Besides performing, Kobi teaches circus arts to children (and adults) of all ages, including clowning, magic, juggling, balancing, plate spinning and more.
Music and Visual Arts
Originally from Trempealeau, Wisconsin, Beau is a 2016 UW-Stout graduate with a degree in Studio Art and an emphasis on printmaking. Starting in 2011, Beau worked at Luther Park Bible Camp for 5 summers. While at Luther Park, he and his bandmate formed the band Them Coulee Boys. What started as two friends playing guitar and banjo and singing harmonies alone in a basement has now grown into a popular music group with four members who travel every single weekend around the midwest with a respectable following. Them Coulee Boys’ second album debuted in summer 2016, addressing the ideas and importance of being honest with yourself and the ones you love. “I am very excited to work with the teachers at A.I.M.!” says Beau.