My lessons are clearly explained step by step. I base my classes on foundation skills, art history and your personal expressive goals.I use a lot of visual examples to learn from and inspire. Progress and successes always happen if you try :) My teen student have won awards and scholarships. My college students have created wonderful work for their portfolios that have lead to jobs at creative companies.
I have been teaching and making art for many years. I have a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts where i focussed on drawing and sculpture. And I have a Masters degree in Mixed media where I focussed on printmaking, book making and watercolor with pastels mixed media drawings. I studied drawing, painting and hollowware in Mexico. I love black and white but also color. I have taught color theory for 18 years and find it quite helpful whenever I make color choices. I also work in metals; hollowware, taking flat circles of copper and hammering until they are 3-Dimensional forms (bowls and lidded containers). I have been exhibiting my artwork often- 4 shows this year!
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2000-2002 Portland State University – Portland, OR
Master of Fine Arts in Mixed Media.
1996-1997 University of Texas – Houston
Continuing Education in Spanish
1988- 1990 University of Texas – Austin, Texas
Lifetime Teaching Certificate in Art Education-Secondary Level.
1980-1984 University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wisconsin
Bachelors of Science in Fine Arts.
August, 2009 Mexico, Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacan
Worked w/ Jesus Perez Ornelos & family, coppersmiths
Winters 1985-1987 Mexico, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Instituto Allende; Intensive Spanish.
Belles Artes; Drawing with Antonio Lopez
Private Studio; Drawing & Painting with Victor Cuevas
Summer 1992 Guatemala, Quetzaltenago (Xela)
Educacion para Todos; Intensive Spanish.
2017 Business Class- Portland Community College.
2008-12 Four Industrial Design Classes and one in Graphic Design
at the Art Institute of Portland.
2000-2006 Printmaking at Pacific Northwest College of Art
Workshops: Book Encasement with Barbara Tetenbaum at Sitka
Blacksmithing with Arnon Karamazov
2000-present Foundation Faculty, Art Institute of Portland, OR
2008 Adjunct Instructor, PNCA, Portland, OR
1999-2001 Instructor, NW Academy, Portland, OR
1997-1999 High School Art Teacher, Travis High, AISD, Austin Texas
1991-1997 Middle & High School Art Teacher, Oak Village & Forest Brook, NFISD
1984-1990 Jeweler, with Pat Wilds, Madison, WI. Billy King, Gto., Mexico & Bob Weaver, Austin, TX
Selected Classes Taught
Principles of Visual Communication
2018 Portland Forgers, Pocket Gallery, Ai Portland, Portland, OR
New Work, One Person Show, Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR
2016 Sitka Invitational, Forestry Center, Portland, OR
Geezer Gallery Invitational, Portland, OR
2015 Curios Copper Containers, One Person Show, Guardino Gallery, Portland OR
Sitka Invitational, Forestry Center & Justice Center Windows, Portland, OR
2013 East/West the Hammered Metal Object, Waterstone Gallery, Contemporary Craft Museum, Portland, OR.
East/West the Hammered Metal Object, Velvet Da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012 Etched Copper Vessels, One Person Show, Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR
2010 Curiosidades, Sabbatical Exhibition, Art Institute of Portland, Portland OR
2008 The Forge & the Press, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ
2007 Empty Bowls Exhibition/Benefit Houston, TX
2006 Faculty Show, Art Institute of Portland, Portland, OR
2004 Exquisite Corpse Exhibit, Art Institute of Portland, Portland, OR
Juror Marlene Bauer
2003 Islands in a Stream, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL, Juror Ruth Crnkovich
Mutisensory: Visual Responses to Memory and Synesthesia, Hera Gallery
Wakefield, RI Juror Rachel Rosenfield Lafo
57th Annual Sculpture & Medallic Art Exhibit, The Pen and Brush Gallery
New York, NY Jurors Annette Needle and Helene Johnson
2003 Southern Graphics Council Traveling Exhibit 2003/2006
Juror Lloyd Menard
2002 Unconventional Wisconsin, Carlston Gallery Stevens Point, WI
Juror Nick Cave
Skin and Bones, Thesis Exhibit, Gallery 299 Portland State University, Portland, OR
16th Parkside National Small Print Exhibit Kenosha, WI Juror Wayne Kimball
2001 Sixty Square Inches National Small Print Exhibit Purdue University, IN
Juror Adrian Tio
9.11 Artists Respond, NYC Victim relief Fund Print Project, Savage Gallery
International Works on Paper, SOHO20 New York, NY Juror Krishna Reddy
Faculty Art Exhibit, Art Institute Gallery Portland, OR
Jurors Anna Elliot, Andy Larkin and Alexia Zerbinas
Six of One, MFA Candidates Group Exhibit, Autzen Gallery
Portland State University, Portland, OR
2000 Sixty Square Inches, National Small Print Exhibit Purdue University, IN
Juror Mark Pascale
Fourteenth Parkside National Small Print Exhibit Kenosha, WI Juror Mark Pascale
1999 Counterpoint, 31st Annual National Printmaking Exhibit Ingram, TX
Juror Katherine Brimberry
2013 East/West the Hammered Metal Object Catalog
2008 Honorable Mention the Forge and the Press Show
2010 Sabbatical; Curiosidades Exhibition as result.
2004-6 Three Best Teacher Awards, Ai Portland
2002 Dan Favor Memorial Award, Unconventional WI Exhibit
1999 Outstanding Educator Award, Scholastic Art Awards
1998 Artwork Published in Cutbanks Literary Magazine
1996 Merit Award in Painting, NAEA National Juried Exhibit
2018 The Chair Affair, Community Warehouse
1996-present Southern Poverty Law Center/Teach Tolerance Member
2000-present College Art Association member
2013-present Portland International Film Festival, volunteer.
2015-2017 Demonstration Booth, Art Fair in the Pearl, metalsmithing.
2009-2015 Chair of Community Garden @ Milepost 5
2007-2015 Hospice/Respite Volunteer
1992-1999 National Arts Educators Association member
I have had a number of classes with Amy and I highly recommend her. She is funny and caring and her passion for art pushes you to do your best work. Her instructions are clear and her critiques are gentle but will point you in the right direction.
I hired Amy many years ago shortly after she received her MFA from Portland State University. She previously taught high school art so she had good experience in organizing the classroom experience. Amy is an expert teacher and artist and this fuels her teaching. She is energetic and compassionate and she really knows how to motivate her students, and they love her for it.
I recommend Amy Ruedinger because she is a good artist and a good teacher. She is an expert at creating the conditions in the classroom to make art and she is dedicated to her student's learning.
As a former student of Amy’s, I believe she is one of the best fine arts teachers I had ever taken a course with. Her approach to teaching mixes logic with artistic freedom, and she lets the students decide how they would prefer to tackle a project while still giving clear guidelines. Her critiques of student work are honest and detailed,and she strives to make sure her students truly understand the concepts she is teaching and how they apply to their work. She pays great attention to each and every student in her class and makes their learning her priority. She gives every tool needed in order to become successful, and creates a very comfortable and safe working environment. She truly cares about what she is teaching and the success of her students, and if given the opportunity, I would definitely be in her class again!
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