Arts Faculty

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Alice Shih-Kahn

Faculty Information
Department(s) Upper School, Visual and Performing Arts
Contact Information
Degree(s) B.A. Art Education and Studio Art, University of Maryland
M.F.A. New York Studio School
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Currently teaches:

  • Advanced Studio Art
  • Ceramics
  • Visual Art II
  • Art History
  • Sculpture

I became a teacher to help students learn how to see. Art can be intimidating but when in a safe environment designed for exploration and discussion, art can be fun and incredibly rewarding. Before my time at Bullis School I was a gallery educator at The Phillips Collection, gallery assistant in a commercial fine art gallery, an exhibition coordinator, art camp educator, and painting and drawing instructor in a public high school. I decided to return to the classroom because I missed working with students on a regular basis. I enjoy helping students improve their studio techniques and facilitate critical thinking skills when analyzing art.

I believe learning occurs through curiosity and practice.Art is as unique as the individual that is creating it. Imagination and personal experience contribute to perception and perspective. I teach with rigor through a studio practice of process, inquiry, experimentation and reflection. Art materials should be explored, used and reused. Long lasting connections form when reading, writing and art history are seamlessly integrated. Seeing and making are learned skills, both require practice and patience. Art is no different than learning to play an instrument or a sport—art requires time and dedication. My classroom will provide students the opportunity to learn, question and retain knowledge about the art in the world around them.

Students are expected to experiment with many art mediums, plan and sketch ideas, create unique works of art that reflects the new concepts of the unit, present an artist statement and reflect journal entries. I ask that students become self-reliant learners. Art is not created in a vacuum. Students must research to learn more about the history of art and how it influences the work they make today.

Art is powerful. I look forward to the opportunity to challenge the students at Bullis School to think, make and look at art. Art can help form connections between different cultures, ethnicities, religions, communities and generations.

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