Diana MacKenzie

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For the past nine years I was the Public Art Program Educator at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, where I enjoyed working with children and adults from across the country and around the world, using picture books as the springboard for my art lessons and professional development workshops. I encouraged open-ended inquiry of materials with an emphasis on the learning process of creating art, rather than on the finished product.

My role as adjunct professor the past two years teaching an introductory printmaking class at Springfield College in Springfield, MA opened my eyes to even more possibilities in art education. The Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Mount Holyoke was a perfect fit for me, and I earned my license as a visual arts educator, grades preK-12. I'm most excited to continue working with learners from diverse backgrounds, and a MAT degree provided me with the tools to make an even greater impact as a visual educator in my local and global communities. 

When I’m not teaching, the activities that bring the most joy are my international travels, spending time in the mountains or on the water, volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and making my own art. I’m a mixed media artist, primarily creating works on paper and fabric with ink and paint. I received a BFA in Printmaking from Syracuse University in 2005, and I’ve exhibited my work in solo and group shows in the Pioneer Valley, Boston, New York City and beyond.