About the Artistic Teaching Partner

Artist Statement

Visual Art is used everywhere in our world. It is a pathway for students to experience knowledge, self – expression, imagination, understanding, problem solving and then create art that they can explain, understand and be proud of. 

Many of my residencies are integrated with core subjects. I believe the Elements of Art and Principles of Design are tools for students to learn how to see, understand and create visual art. Knowing, understanding and using these tools, empowers students to read images as a language in our visual world.

My lessons are designed to work with the abilities of each student. I teach an entire class, but work with each student at their level, asking questions to help them think deeper about what they are creating.

I teach drawing, painting, Sumi-e (Japanese ink painting), Rozome (Japanese wax resist). I enjoy teach 3rd grade to adults.

Artist Biography

Ellen Crocker is passionate about making art and teaching art to students and teachers. She works with many media: drawing, painting, wax –resist on silk, relief carving on wood, stitching, quilting, and collage. Her art can be seen locally and is in collections from Hawaii to Japan and Europe.


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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.