Meet Your Educator: Ardina Greco
Featured Educator: Ardina Greco, Arts Educator
Arts Educator Ardina Greco likes to let her students speak for themselves. The image she shared with the Museum of herself is a collaborative portrait completed by several students. Learn more about Ardina, and meet her at the annual Educators' Art Fair, Saturday March, 15, 2014.
Where do you teach?
I’m a freelance arts educator. I have worked for various museums, schools, and universities, and have taught at The San Diego Museum of Art since 2001. I am also a presenter at the Museum's annual Educators' Art Fair, Saturday, March 15, 2014.
What is your most memorable museum experience?
This is a two-part experience: In high school I would frequently visit a corporate park in Costa Mesa my friends and I called the “art park.” The “art park” had many strange yet interesting sculptures, light forms, and water features. We would visit the park at night, climb the sculptures, and make our shadows cast large on the walls.
Years later, while working at the The Noguchi Museum in New York City, I realized that my "art park" was in fact a public work designed by the artist. He called it California Scenario. I love that my first interaction with his work was playful–and know that he would’ve liked that.
How is The San Diego Museum of Art represented in what you do professionally?
When I teach at the Museum I often approach the collection with a focus on materials and process. It’s great to make experiential connections to works of art. Students can make these connections easily when working with similar materials. Materials also inspire close observation. Students will naturally investigate the fine details when they are curious about how an artist worked.
What is your favorite way to engage students in a museum setting?
My favorite thing is to give students choices. When I visit a museum, I choose what to look at, how long to look at it, and if I want to engage others in my thoughts on it. It’s important to let students make these choices on their own.
What is your favorite artwork or exhibition at the Museum?
My favorite artwork in the Museum’s collection is a large colorful painting by Frank Stella called Flin Flon VIII. I wish I could take it home with me!
What do you enjoy most about teaching art to children?
Children have a lot to say about everything, and art makes a great start to a conversation.