Dara Kane

category: Visual,

Contact & Info

Website: http://www.darakane.com

Phone: 646-872-0044

  • dara@darakane.com

Artist Statement

Presently, I am a co-head teacher at Central Synagogue's May Family Nursery School in New York City.  The preschool is play-based and follows an emergent curriculum.  Since 2008, I have been teaching art classes in the Westchester area to children-- at The Bronxville After School Club, Bronxville Public Library, Heartsong, Hoff-Barthelson Music School, Mount Vernon Public Library, Sarah Lawrence College, Tuckahoe Public Library, Westchester Hills School 29, and Westfield Day School.  I also teach art privately to children ages 5 - 12.  In May 2011 I received a Master of Arts in Teaching with distinction from Manhattanville College. I have Professional Certifications from New York State in Early Childhood (birth - grade 2), Childhood Education (grades 1 - 6) and Visual Arts (K - 12).  Visit my E-portfolio to review my resume, educational philosophies, student work and letters of recommendation: https://mville.digication.com/kaned1/Home/published Prior to teaching art in the Westchester area, I worked as a Textile Designer in NYC for ten years.  I developed print designs for Nautica International and Yatas Home, a Turkish-based bedding company, as well as other print design studios in Manhattan for the fashion and bedding industries.  In addition, I designed packaging and retail materials at Tommy Hilfiger Home. Visit my website, www.darakane.com to see my Gallery of Collages and classes for children.

Educational Background

Childhood Education (grades 1- 6), Early Childhood Education (birth - grade 2), Visual Arts (K - 12), New York State, 2014
Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY - Masters of Arts in Teaching, May 2011, Kappa Delta Pi
Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY - Associates in Applied Science, Cum Laude, 1994, Major: Textile/Surface Design
Baruch College, New York, NY - Bachelor of Arts, May 1986, Major: English
Central Synagogue May Family Nursery School, New York, NY, September 2014 - Present.  Co-Head Teacher (4's).  Ask open-ended questions to encourage critical thinking and inquisitiveness; lead discussions to promote listening and questioning skills; guide students in developing their own knowledge using available resources
The Bronxville School, Bronxville, NY, Fall 2007 – Present.  After School Program, January 2008 – Present.  Art Instructor (ages 6 – 11).  Develop custom art courses; receive positive parent feedback; enrollment continually full; teach collage, painting techniques, clay and Be An Artist where each week new artist and style are explored.  October 2007 – Present.  Substitute Teacher (grades K – 5).  Implement lesson plans; introduce new material when appropriate; maintain positive interactions with students, faculty and parents to ensure environment conducive to learning.
Hoff-Barthelson Music School, Scarsdale, NY, Summers 2008 – Present.  Summer Arts Program, Art Instructor.  Instruct elementary and middle school-aged children daily over five-week period; develop and implement projects in variety of art mediums and techniques.
Hoff-Barthelson Preschool, Scarsdale, NY, September 2011 – May 2014.  Preschool Teacher (3's and 4's).  Guided play to encourage social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development; assessed students' developmental needs; nurtured creative development through art mediums and art history; initiated reading and games with children.
Jefferson Elementary School, New Rochelle, NY, January – May 2011.  Student Teacher (Grades 1 and 4).  Created and administered math assessment; analyzed assessments to differentiate small group math instruction; integrated SMART board into teaching
Mount Vernon Public Library, Mount Vernon, NY, Summers 2011, 2012, Artist-in-Residence.  Developed and taught collage workshops inspired by children's literature; incorporated rubbing technique, spelling, and tracing into projects; used recycled materials
Private Art Teacher, White Plains, NY, September 2010 – March 2011, Home School Art Instructor. Created art curriculum based on White Plains School District visual arts curriculum, state and national standards; taught weekly lessons to 2 home schooled students, ages 4 and 6; integrated art with academic subjects including social studies and math Consulted with parents to plan instruction; wrote quarterly updates on first grader’s progress for school district
Westchester Hills School 29, Yonkers, NY, Spring 2010, Artist-in-Residence.  Collaborated with school guidance counselor; instructed 5th and 6th grade girls weekly; used collage to address self-esteem issues
Tuckahoe Public Library, Tuckahoe, NY, January 2008, November 2010, Art Instructor, ages 5 – 11.
Westfield Day School, Rye, NY, April 2008, Guest Artist
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, February-March 2008, Art Instructor, Adult Continuing Education
The Bronxville Public Library, Bronxville, NY, November 2007, Art Instructor
2014, 2nd Juried Exhibition, Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY
2014, 2nd Bronxville Pop-Up Art Show, Bronxville, NY
2014, Westchester Biennial, Castle Gallery, New Rochelle, NY
2012, Piecing It Together, Mt. Vernon Public Library, Mt. Vernon, NY
2012, Connections: The Teaching Artists of Westchester, ArtsWestchester, White Plains, NY
2011, Graduate Student Art Show, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY
2008, Solo Exhibition, Karma Road, New Paltz, NY
2008, Solo Exhibition, Store Room Gallery at Gillard’s, Bronxville, NY
Packaging Designer, Tommy Hilfiger 1997 – 2000
Print Designer, Yatas Home 1997
Print Designer, Nautica International, Inc. 1995 – 1997
CAD Designer, Design Solutions, Inc. 1994 – 1995
Microsoft Word, PowerPoint; Adobe Photoshop; SMART Board

Teaching Artist Experience

10-day artist residency at Heartsong's Express Yourself Summer Camp, White Plains, NY, August 2013.  Sensory art activities encouraged fine motor development; art lessons incorporated counting, colors and shapes; a communal table promoted socialization; songs established the beginning and end of class and marked transitions; kept daily progress notes on each child.
10-week artist residency at Unity Gardens, a senior residence in Mount Vernon, NY, Spring 2013.  Each week residents learned about a famous artist and created art in the style of that artist; variety of art techniques and materials were introduced; an art show of the residents work concluded the residency, the art class provided needed socialization for the residents.
6-week artist residency at the Mount Vernon Public Library, Mount Vernon, NY, June - July 2012.  Developed and taught collage projects inspired by children's literature; incorporated rubbing technique, spelling, and tracing; used collaging materials that would otherwise be discarded.
4-week artist residency at the Mount Vernon Public Library, Mount Vernon, NY, June 2011. Made strong connections between literacy and the arts; developed and taught collage workshops inspired by Jennie's Hat and Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats; used recycled shoe boxes as a collaging surface.