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Full name

rebecca e. l. wyke

Title

Creative Badass

Location

San Jose, CA

Blurb

"In order to move freely, you must be deeply rooted..." - Bella Lewitzky

Biography

Originally from Jacksonville, FL, Rebecca moved to the Bay Area in 2009 after earning her BFA in Illustration from Ringing College of Art + Design in Sarasota, FL. After exploring a range of styles, media and career options for illustration, Rebecca spent her junior spring semester in Brittany, France exploring graphic design, abstract imagery and mixed media in the midst of visual storytelling. Upon her return to the states, Rebecca was then selected as one of four students to receive the Glass Fellowship Scholarship. Over the summer of 2008 she designed, planned and painted 5 mural projects in partnership with community organizations in Sarasota, FL. Most comfortable floating between fine art, design and community work, Rebecca decided to relocate to the west coast in search of community and arts education opportunities.

Arriving in the Bay via Menlo Park, Rebecca worked as a freelance designer for several startups while nannying. Her experience as a Lead Art Instructor for Galileo Learning made it clear that she belonged in education, leading to her enrollment in National University's online credential program. After student teaching in the Palo Alto Unified School District in the fall of 2012, she graduated with a CA credential to teach Visual Art and a M.Ed specializing in Teacher Leadership in February of 2013.

After teaching Drawing & Painting with Summit Public Schools for a year, she joined ACE Charter High School as their Studio Art II instructor. For the last two years, Rebecca has built a strong Digital Media program, developed extensive curriculum for the art department, written all UC course descriptions & AP Design programs, as well as led the school's accreditation self-study through the Western Association of Schools & Colleges.

Experience

High School Art Teacher

ACE Charter High School

San Jose, CA · 07/27/14 – Present

2015-2016: AP 2-D Design, Digital Arts, @thisisartclub
2014 – 2015: Studio Art 2 & @thisisartclub

Expeditions Teacher (Drawing & Painting)

Summit Public Schools

San Jose, CA, Daly City, CA & Redwood City, CA · 08/2013 – 05/2014

Middle School Art Teacher (Multimedia)

Jane Lanthrop Stanford Middle School

Palo Alto, CA · 01/2013 – 06/2013

Lead Art Instructor

Galileo Learning, LLC.

Palo Alto, CA · June 2010 – August 2014

Lead Muralist

Glass Fellowship (RCAD)

Sarasota, FL · 06/2008 – 09/2008

Digital Media Arts Teacher

City Arts & Tech High School

San Francisco, CA · 08/01/2017 – Present

Education

Master of Education: Teacher Leadership

National University

San Jose, CA · 11/2010 – 01/2013

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration

Ringling College of Art + Design

Sarasota, FL · 08/2005 – 05/2009

Study Abroad Program

Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art

Pont-Aven, France · 01/2008 – 05/2008

Exhibitions
2013 Postcard Project (Group), Rainboeliza, Portland, OR
collaborative limited edition print project through mail; one of 30 international artists invit
2012 Postcard Project (Group), Rainboweliza, Portland, OR
collaborative limited edition print project through mail; one of 30 international artists invited
2010 Mail Art France (Collaboration), PASCA, Pont-Aven, France
collaborative series of 24 postcard conversations reflective of our journey as individuals and friends.
Spring 2009 Illustration Class of 2009 (Senior Thesis), Ringling College of Art + Design, Sarasota, FL
2009 Ringling College Art Sale (Art Fair), Ringling College of Art + Design, Sarasota, FL
2008 Le Sous-marin (Group), Centre International d'Art Contemporain, Pont-Aven, France
2008 Jewish Alliance Benefit (Group), Kobernick House Arts & Crafts Show, Sarasota, FL
Spring 2005 Best of C.O.R.E. (Faculty Juried), Ringling College of Art + Design, Sarasota, FL
Specialties

Illustration, Redesigns, Branding, Education, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Live Painting, oil, acrylic, watercolour, batik, linocuts, ceramics, collage, digital imaging, pen & ink

Skills

Photoshop, Mac OS X, Illustrator, InDesign, live painting, oil paint, fine arts, palette knife, teaching, html, CSS, French, Windows, customization, graphic design, stenciling, murals

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