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Name: Guillermo Guardia
Grade Level Preference: all grades
Geographic Availability: Any where in ND
Fee per-day:  5 day workshop=  4-5 classes a day $1,000 – 1,500 (to negotiate)
Email: guillermo.guardia@moguya.com
Phone Number: 701 330-0227
Web site: www.moguya.com


Guardia was born in Lima, Peru. He earned his MFA in Ceramics and MS Industrial Technology at the University of North Dakota and has since participated in exhibitions throughout the country.  From  2010 to 2015, Guardia held the position of artist in residence for the ND Museum of Art in Grand Forks, ND, and traveled across the state teaching one week ceramics workshops in small communities. Guillermo is currently a full-time, independent studio artist who provides workshops for students in K - 12, college, universities, and  residents in nursing homes.


Although a very popular medium, clay and ceramics are not yet fully taught in the schools.

Clay is one of the friendliest mediums. It invites students to transform with their hands and mold it into objects that can be functional or sculptural.  Clay challenges and motivates students to reflect, persist, problem solve and revise, making each new project better than the one before. Through the clay, students are introduced to the design process from beginning to end, from wet earth to a hard fired object.


Residency Title: Clay Animals

Grade Level: Elementary School

Number of Sessions: 2 (45-50 minutes each)


Animals In Our World

The process of working in clay can explain many principles of science on how a material changes stages. Clay is powder first, then adding water becomes soft and moldable.  It can be transformed first by student’s direct contact and second by applying extremely heat to harden and become a functional or sculptural object.  Clay is also an ancient form of art found in nearly every culture.

During this residency students will learn about the history and process of working with clay by sculpting animals of their choice.  First, students will discuss and learn about different kinds of animals with their teachers.  (This step can easily be integrated into an existing science or social studies unit.)  Next, Guillermo will provide instruction to students and teachers to create their animals in clay. Once the animals have had sufficient time to dry, they are fired and returned to students to paint.  This residency includes an overview of sculptures of animals in ancient cultures.  Guillermo Guardia, ceramics sculptor, uses this highly engaging, hands-on activity to search for and nurture the hidden creativity and talent of each and every student.


Name: Lisa Arnold
Grade Level Preference: pre-K-12, adult
Geographic Availability:  I’ll go where the job takes me.
Fee per-day: Negotiable
Email: xolaarts@gmail.com
Phone Number: 612.702.9209
Website: www.flickr.com/photos/lisaarnoldresidency/
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/xolaartsandobjects


For the last ten years I have been working as a self-employed artist, creating mosaic art, installation art, and theater.  I have exhibited, taught, and performed across the United States and internationally. My doctoral studies in Art, Theater and Social Change at the University of Minnesota prepared me well to integrate lessons in art and community. I've been teaching these subjects and others for twenty years, fifteen as an artist-in-residence.


I am a multidisciplinary mosaic artist, working to empower students by honing their visual, technical, and poetic abilities. I encourage young artists to engage with themselves and the diverse world around them by using their life experiences to create art, and art experiences to create their lives. I give students tools in art interpretation and creation so they can express themselves in positive, productive, and creative ways, both inside and outside the classroom.


Residency Title: Mosaic Mural/Community Art -- Working together/Leaving a Legacy

Grade Level: Pre-K – 12+

Number of Sessions: 4 one-hour classes/day over five days

Description: Mosaic Mural/Community Art

Making mosaics is a great metaphor for life: you take little pieces, little moments, put them together and create a masterpiece.  In this residency, students will collaborate on a large-scale mosaic mural that builds on art elements and art principles.  Lisa works with students and teachers developing new mosaic vocabulary and skills, and puts this knowledge into action through lessons that underscore self-esteem, individual responsibility, teamwork, and giving back.

Lisa Arnold collaborates with students, teachers, schools, and communities to explore ideas, design themes, and create mosaic murals that not only beautify a space, but also leave a legacy that will inspire generations to come!


North Dakota Council on the Arts

We strengthen the creative capacity of North Dakota for all who live or visit here: honoring our cultural traditions, empowering excellence and innovation, inspiring arts and culture opportunities for all.