Wednesday Jan 8th, 12:30pm - 4pm
Prior to becoming an artist, Ingrid E. Albrecht taught school for fifteen years. Four years in Argentina plus one year each in Costa Rica and the jungles of Guatemala which left her with a residue of beautiful imagery and a deep fondness for the native people of those countries. After teaching nine more years in Elgin, Illinois schools, she enrolled in the American Academy of Art in Chicago where she graduated with a fine arts degree in 1988. Since then she has developed a contemporary, expressive style as a Chicago fine artist specializing in watercolor.
Her philosophy as an Arts Educator
"As an Arts Educator, I believe it is my duty to educate my students about the basic fundamentals of art, enough so, that they have these tools in their back pocket. After they understand these tools and then learn how to express themselves in paint and develop their own painting style and a cohesive body of work, I then give them opportunities to exhibit their work and learn about the marketing of art. So many times students learn how to paint but do not have a CLUE HOW TO MARKET their work."
"To put it best, and this is definitely HOW I feel, I must quote Seth Godin: “Art is what we call...the thing an artist does. It’s not the medium or the oil or the price or whether it hangs on a wall or that you eat it. What matters, what makes it art, is that the person who made it overcame the resistance, ignored the voice of doubt, and made something worth making, something risky, something human. Art is not in the eye of the beholder. It’s in the soul of the artist.”
Open Studio was a wonderful experience for me. The studio itself is roomy and a great set up. Ingrid is the best. I learned so much from her in one session and can’t wait to return.