About the Artistic Teaching Partner

Artist Statement

As an artist, I am motivated to investigate the natural world around me, to create a dialog between what I experience, and to share this with others. I like to bring a sense of wonder to my students, setting back the barrier of perfection, to find their unique voice. My K-12th grade art lessons are tactile, utilizing a mix of sculpture, print, and textile design. They are empowered to hone their ‘artist eye’ for critical observation, utilizing the Elements of Art.

I strive to bring a global perspective into my teaching practice, drawing inspiration from rich traditional techniques. Students will benefit from exposure to a range of cultural artforms. They will gain incites from the stories and motifs, to build parallels within their own identity.

My visual art classes integrate well with other core educational subjects. Touching on aspects of history, language, science, and math. As a Teaching Artist, I feel proud to be part of a practice that produces free thinkers, and cultivates a deeper understanding of the visual world.

Artist Biography

Monica Garrett is the daughter of a master printmaker and grew up with an art studio in house. This deep-rooted connection to the arts has informed the way she engages with the natural world, a world of color and texture she reinterprets through her organic and abstract artworks.

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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.