General Artist Information
Name: Ali LaRock
Ali LaRock is a visual artist working in Bismarck, North Dakota. She received her B.F.A. in painting from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 1998. In addition to actively exhibiting and selling her artwork Ali helps manage the Bismarck Downtown Artist Co-op gallery, and enjoys offering the creative process to people of all ages through residencies, weekend art classes, and summer camps.
“I believe art is for everyone regardless of age, ability, or prior experience. I teach basic techniques and process in a variety of media but then allow students to use this new knowledge to better express their own ideas, opinions, and visions. I strive to create a relaxing and positive environment so my students can feel comfortable taking risks during their creative process.” –Ali LaRock
Sample Residency Information
Residency Title: Exploring the Worlds of Painting and Drawing
Grade Level: This can be geared appropriately for any age level.
Number of Sessions: 5-10
When immersed in the creative process students learn to take risks, and strengthen their critical thinking and decision making skills.Throughout this residency lessons highlight these habits of mind: observe, envision, stretch and explore, and reflect. By identifying these ways of thinking and making those visible for students during the creative process they can be used as force to strengthen student thinking and learning in the non-arts areas as well.
The intention of this residency is to provide the students with an in-depth art experience, which focuses on creativity and personal expression while learning the basics variousdrawing and painting media. Students will be provided with a wide array of art processes and art examples to help give them an open-minded approach to art- making and art appreciation. Projects are geared to encourage independent thinking as well as to give students an opportunity to use their new skills to express themselves and their interests in their art-making. Various
Teaching artist, Ali LaRock, is a creative guide to participants they explore new art -making techniques and processes to help them better express their ideas.
Example of Lesson During Residency