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Summary

M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Art
Goddard College-2010

B.F.A
in Illustration with a Double Minor in Art History & Drawing

Maine College of Art-2006

Work experience

Aug 2020Present
John Henry High School

Visual Art Department Head

As the lead Visual Art Teacher at a Title I Charter school I am responsible for all the curriculum design for student's art and design courses.  Building a strong foundation of art principles and elements scaffolds students toward success with Art History, Design, and Studio Habits.  My courses give students the opportunity to enter projects where they are at and have a voice in designing projects that ensure their creative confidence in the classroom.  The work we do in the studio has context to Art History and Contemporary Art.  I am inspired when students create their own pathways of understanding assignments to find their creative voice and style.  I make my learning visible by doing all the projects alongside students with online learning.  The projects we do in class opens the door to exercising creative skills in other classes and exposes students to career paths in the arts.  

July 2019July 2020
Academy of Thought and Industry

Visual Art Faculty & Maker Space Manager

I led the Visual Art Program developing an art and design curriculum for middle and high-school students. I led foundation art course work and specialized electives. I integrate emerging trends in new media and design thinking pedagogy into all my course work. I support students one on one as a coach and lead a life-design core class. My work covered many aspects of visual art, design, and support for students who are interested in pursuing careers in the creative field. I spend time developing student portfolios and supporting other faculty members as they develop curriculum in the MakerSpace at ATI.

June 2017June 2019
Sequoyah School

Visual Art Faculty & Maker Space Manager

As a founding member of a Progressive High School, I designed courses that shape all aspects of student's visual art studies. I lead Drawing, Painting, Animation, Film, Printmaking, Graphic Design, Design Thinking, Digital Arts, and Critical Theory classes. At the K-8 campus, I support the teaching and learning in classroom projects with design-thinking pedagogy and practices. I lead exhibitions, community events and supported the Social Innovation Program with design and visual art projects.

December 2017August 2018
Breakwater School

Summer Program Director

As the director of a Summer Program, I designed all courses, events, and trips.  I managed the overall pedagogy and budget of a robust summer program at a small progressive school.  I led morning meetings and was the point of contact for parents, students, and staff.  I led faculty meetings and supported teachers in the classroom and led community events and activities.  I also designed all collateral materials and created creative marketing projects.

June 2016June 2017
Sierra Canyon School

Digital Art Faculty

I led courses in Animation, Film, Digital Photography, and Design Thinking at a 7-12 Visual Art Program at an Independent School. I assisted the admissions office in directing films for prospective local and international students. I curated and ran a student film festival and the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. I led a ninth-grade advisory period and assisted teachers with the use of 3D printers and emerging trends in technology.

June 2007Present
Putney School Summer Arts Program

Visual Arts Faculty

Residential Arts Faculty at the Putney School Summer Programs. I teach course work in Illustration, Animation, Printmaking, and Self Publication at a summer arts program for students ages 13-17. I organize and facilitate the faculty gallery exhibition. I led community events and presentations and served as an education and mentor in a summer arts program in Putney Vermont.

August 2015June 2016
Manlius Pebble Hill School

K-12 Visual Art Faculty

I work to implement emerging trends in New Media and technology into Lesson Plans and balance digital and traditional mediums and techniques as a K-12 Art Teacher. I lead a 7th grade tutorial period and lead a graphic design class that oversees the production of the school yearbook. I work closely with primary classroom teachers to create lessons that have context and application into student's classroom learning. I serve as a mentor to Upper School students leading classes in illustration, animation, photography, film, graphic design, 2D, Art History & Drawing.

November 2013June 2015
Sea Crest School

K-8 Visual Art Faculty & Innovation Lab Director

Led Visual Art workshops for K-8 students supporting the creative development of students throughout their Academic Program. I managed the Innovation Lab working with emerging trends in New Media and Design. I led after school Art and Design Programs. I also worked as a Web Designer and supported communications and development projects. I organized a student gallery exhibition in support of the work at the Coastside Land Trust.

August 2012June 2013
Vail Mountain School

K-12 Visual Art Faculty

Full-time Arts Faculty at the Vail Mountain School teaching K-12 Visual Art courses. I was also a 6th-grade home-base teacher and worked with web design and social media projects in the communications office. I taught various digital art, animation, and AP art classes integrating emerging trends in new media with traditional mediums and practices.

January 2012June 2012
Spartan Race

Graphic Designer

Graphic Design at a Global Obstacle Race Company

September 2013October 2013
Neshobe School

K-6 Visual Art Teacher

Full time teaching Artist in Residence at a Kindergarten through Sixth-grade primary school in Vermont during the month of September in 2013. I lead workshops in Animation, Printmaking, Drawing, and Illustration.

March 2010January 2011
Chaffee Art Center

Education Director

Education Director at The Chaffee Art Center in Rutland Vermont. During my time at this position, I have worn many hats, as a liaison of all the educational programming. Serving as the graphic and web designer. I had the opportunity to meet and work with a diverse group of artists on a curatorial, administrative, and educational capacity.

June 2010August 2010
Middlebury Studio School

Arts Instructor

Arts instructor at the Middlebury Studio School: worked with younger students on animation and graphic novel workshops. Helped students work together and explore trends in new media, stop motion animation, and illustrating a visual narrative.

March 2009May 2009
Can Serrat

Artist in Residence

Residential Support Scholarship in El Bruc Spain at Can Serrat international artist residency. Worked on a graphic novel with writer Devan Schwartz titled Beckett’s Nexus. The graphic novel was loosely based on the Guernica bombing, Picasso’s Mural, and a character’s thoughts of reincarnation.

July 2009September 2009
Heron Dance

Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer at a small publishing company in Monkton, Vermont

June 2006September 2006
Center for Cartoon Studies

Teaching Assistant / Intern

this summer I was a teaching assistant to very interesting panel of cartoonists and artists. It gave me valuable experience about the history of narrative practices and gave me an opportunity to help support this summer program as a teaching assistant.

Portfolio

Student Work


Summary

Peter Wallis | Teaching Philosophy

Foundation courses 2-D, 3-D, Drawing, Art History & Critical Theory are an essential ingredient to an academic and personal journey into any Art Practice.  A comprehensive understanding of Art History both past and present gives the artist’s work context.  I plan all my studio course work to adhere to clear guidelines, technical support and classroom critiques. Exploration with form and content, in most cases is a Non-Linear learning process. Establishing clear goals and guidelines helps to organize the expectations I have of students and the expectations they have of themselves.

It is inspiring when my students become passionate and engaged in the work they are creating. Exposing students to different approaches, new materials and ways of expressing themselves gives the student the tools and critical discourse needed to create their own definition of Art.

Thoughtful exploration of traditional 2-D, 3-D & Drawing techniques as well as an understanding of Art History and contemporary art empowers students to be insightful and establish their own path as an Artist.

I want students to leave my class excited about what they are learning, and eager to push the boundaries of what they thought they were capable of in the next class and beyond.

Coursework

Foundation: 2D | Drawing | Figure Drawing | Observational Drawing

Illustration: Graphic Novel | Intro to Cartooning | Stop Motion Animation I & II

Printmaking: Block Printing | Monotype | Etching | Screen-printing

Digital Arts: Web Design | Graphic Design | Animation | New Media

Art History: Art History Survey I & II | Contemporary Art | Critical Theory

Design Thinking: CAD | 3D-Printing | Prototyping | Collaborative Teaching Approaches

Technical Skills

-Comprehensive understanding of Adobe Creative Suite, strong understanding of layout and design for both print and web material.

-Experience cultivating databases as well as proven leadership with marketing and fundraising efforts for Non-Profit organizations. Familiarity working with administrators and faculty members organizing workshops and gallery exhibitions with younger students and adults.

-An interdisciplinary approach to Printmaking techniques. I have a strong enthusiasm for the use of green printmaking materials and techniques and feel that my creative practice centralizes around a passion for printmaking, drawing and Art History.

-Strong interpersonal skills in both managing gallery shows, as well as implementing visual art education workshops for adults and children. Proven leadership experience managing arts workshops and instructors, teaching experience in many different techniques and practices.

-Experience with narrative forms and contemporary illustration approaches.  Teaching skills leading digital and traditional animation techniques for students K-12.

-Design Thinking and experience developing an Innovation Lab space and curriculum in a K-8 independent school.

EXHIBITIONS

Big Sky Bakery- Group Show: Recent Landscape Drawings -2002 (ME)
Portland Public Market- Solo Exhibition2004 (ME)
*Free Street Tavern- 
Group Exhibition- Recent Etchings2005 (ME)
Five Town Massive- 
Group Exhibition & Multi-Media Presentations2006 (VT)
Putney School Faculty Gallery Show-
Etchings and Children's Book2007 (VT)
*Goddard College Gallery Show- Recent Printmaking and Illustration Work-2008 (VT)
*Goddard College Gallery Show- 
Illustration Group Show-2009 (VT)
Can Serrat International Art Residency-
Beckett's Nexus Graphic Novel Process Exhibit and Presentation-2009 (ES)
*Chaffee Art Center- 
Summer Member's Show2010 (VT)
Chaffee Art Center-
Death of the Pain Body Installation2012 (VT)
Firefly Collective Gallery- Artists & Grief Exhibition- 2012 (VT)
*Putney School Summer Faculty Exhibition- 2011-15 (VT)

           -2011-Graphic Novel-Beckett's Nexus
           -2012-Charcoal Boy Installation
           -2013-Honto's Cave Installation
           -2014- Aquarius Installation
           -2015-Animation, Multi-Media, Recent workH

Brotherly Advice-SF MOMA: Featured Work -2019
https://sfmoma.tumblr.com/sfmoma.tumblr.com/post/188281119343/brotherly-advice-mixed-media-2019

Hotel Capri-SF MOMA: Featured Work -2019
https://sfmoma.tumblr.com/sfmoma.tumblr.com/post/627086662827180032/peter-wallis-hotel-capri-mixed-media-2020

Mindful Art Exhibition: Mangalam Art Center, Berkeley California-2019 (CA)

https://mangalamcenter.com/mindfulartgallery/

De Young Open: "What Remains of the Dawn Land" Oct 2020- Jan 2021
https://deyoung.famsf.org/exhibitions/de-young-open

Sacred | Mundane Solo Show: Chaffee Art Center- March-April 2021
https://www.chaffeeartcenter.org/upcoming-exhibit-the-art-of-technology/

* = Curated Exhibition

PUBLICATIONS & ARTICLES, ETC.