About the Artistic Teaching Partner

Artist Statement

With years of experience in preschool & early learning classrooms, I believe that introducing arts and building creative confidence at a young age has profound effects on a child’s future.

Customize a Pre-K art residency, where your class will explore curriculum with hands on, sometimes unconventional, exciting ways to create and observe! All art projects and experiences will incorporate auditory, kinesthetic, and visual elements to engage all learners & encourage holistic development for all keiki. Get ready for an abundance of heartwarming artworks accompanied by proud smiles and energetic excitement!

During elementary & high school residencies, I hope to challenge individual creativity, build technical skills, and encourage introspection, while students experience curriculum in new ways. I look forward to co-designing classes that feature diverse projects and introduce various 2-dimensional & 3-dimensional media. This may include pastels, watercolor paint, acrylic paint, printmaking, scratchboard, modeling clay, air dry clay, jewelry, repurposed/eco friendly materials, and/or much more. Please email me, if you are interested, but looking for other specific media.

Project styles may be realistic or abstract, and inspired from various art movements. Whenever relevant, I love to share historical, cultural, and rhetorical context, allowing students the opportunity to connect dots, while bridging past, present & future, for a more profound understanding of the many roles of arts and crafts within societies and historical periods. This also helps children begin to realize the unique place & pivotal times we live in.

Discussions during classes will provide opportunities for students to learn how to analyze and appreciate artwork, as they contemplate personal interpretations, and technical details within the works of others. These conversations become an opportunity to articulate complex thoughts, while connecting with peers through unique perceptions.

By the end of a residency, students will not only be confident in creating art, but they will also see how artwork can communicate ideas and how design has become embedded in our daily lives.

With access to arts education for all, we can build a stronger, more beautiful and resilient community.

Artist Biography

Julie Matheis graduated from The Rhode Island School of Design, as a Jewelry and Metalsmithing major, with a minor in Art History. She has exhibited her award winning work internationally, been featured in publications, and sells her handmade jewelry at boutiques on Maui.
Since moving to Maui in 2005, she has shared her knowledge and empowered adults and keiki as an instructor at the Hui No’eau Visual Art Center. She’s also spent many years as a “Can Do Days!” teaching artist, for the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s education department. She is excited and grateful to be newly added to the teaching artist roster this year and looks forward to collaboratively tailoring unique, new, arts integrated experiences for the keiki of Hawaii.


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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.