About the Artistic Teaching Partner

Artist Statement

I offer ceramics hand-building instruction incorporating Fine Arts Benchmarks and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), with a strong focus on General Learning Objectives (GLO). I work closely with other educators to plan curriculum. I have extensive experience teaching clay hand-building to students in grades K-12, including English language learners, teens with autism, court-adjudicated teens, and visually impaired, hearing impaired and cognitively delayed students. My goal is to foster creativity and self-expression in my students. I encourage all of my students to use their imaginations. It is important to me that my students see value in their work, and are able to express their feelings and emotions through their art. My students become proficient in pinch, slab and coil techniques as well as ceramic vocabulary.

Cultural diversity (Hawaiʻi, Native America, Pacific Islands), lifecycles, sustainability and many other subjects are introduced as arts-integrated social studies and science units. My students create architectural, ceremonial, figurative and functional ceramic works.

Artist Biography

Rayna K. Galati is a ceramicist and educator. While earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian, she studied fine arts at the University of Oregon and University of Hawaiʻi, including courses in ceramics, glass-blowing, Japanese woodblock printing, lithography and paper arts. She directs the Hawaii Potters’ Guild (HPG) educational outreach after-school ceramics program at Palama Settlement. She was awarded educator grants to study mosaic art with Isaiah Zagar at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, ceramic silkscreen printing on clay at Penland School of Craft, and clay hand-building at Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts (MISSA). She studied inlaid porcelain ceramics at La Meridiana in Italy. She is a Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (DOE) Part-time Temporary Teacher (PTT), and has taught students in the 21st Century Learning Centers (CCLC). She served on the Hawaiʻi State DOE Arts Committee.


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About the Artistic Teaching Partner Roster

The Artistic Teaching Partners (ATP) Roster is an adjudicated directory of Hawai‘i professional teaching artists qualified to conduct in-depth residencies in educational settings. Each artist or arts organization has a page in the directory with contact information, a short bio, and an artist statement. The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts draws from this roster for arts education programs including Art Bento at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum and Artists in the Schools.