Sunday, April 17, 2011
SPOTLIGHT ON: Nancy Lefko
Faculty Name: Nancy Lefko
Birthplace: Huntington (Long Island), NY
Current Residence: Peterborough, NH
Necessary Job: wife & mother
How long have you been doing art?
As far back as I can remember I have been creating something. From paper dolls and their wardrobes colored with a brand new box of 64 Crayolas to wildlife drawings in graphite to the mixed media collage work of today, art has been with me through the ages and stages of my life.
At what age did you begin creating and why?
I suppose I began creating at a very young age because by the time I reached Kindergarten my teacher was telling my mother about my artistic persuasion. Creating art has always made me happy. Art class was my favorite place to be in school. Perhaps it was the relaxed atmosphere, the slanting desks, the music that played in the background, the scent of the art materials; or maybe it was my favorite place because I knew it was where I belonged. Unlike the basketball court!
What is your favorite part of teaching?
I love to share that which excites and inspires me and I hope that students will share my enthusiasm. I love the "aha" moment when everything comes together for a student. Just as it was when I taught first graders, the "aha" moment is wonderful when it happens for adults learning something new.
What do you find most challenging about teaching?
Making sure that every student benefits from the class can be a challenge; whether a beginner or an experienced artist, I hope my class offers something new and exciting for everyone. I aspire to connect with all types of students, those that are quiet and may not reach out with questions, as well as those that are actively engaged.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Creating art for my Etsy shop or working in one of my art journals is my favorite way to fill spare time. Spending time with my family also tops the list -- my youngest still enjoys cuddling up with me to watch a good movie and that just can't be beat!
What is your favorite type of art medium?
My favorite medium is sort of a package deal: creating with papers, acrylic paints and inks makes me the happiest.
Who is your favorite artist?
I have always loved the work of Norman Rockwell, and the way he captured the American spirit through the ages. The art of children's illustrator Barbara Cooney also speaks to me and I've shared her work many times with students. The artwork that decorates my home is by contemporary artists Pam Carriker, Renee Thompson, Kelly Rae Roberts and Catherine Green. And of course, my list could go on and on.
What is one interesting (trivial) fact that everyone should know about you? I'm a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan!
Attach your favorite image and detail why it is your favorite.
This image captures that which brings me joy. It was taken many years ago at our favorite beach on the coast of Maine, where we spend every summer vacation. I remember reading once that to be a mother is to have your heart walk around outside of your body. Indeed. These three boys are my heart and to have shared, and continue to share, so many wonderful memories with them is the JOY of my life.