• Bess Yontz

Art with Purpose: A Change of Place and A Place of Change

Welcome! In the past few years, my life has been undergoing massive changes. Some good, some challenging and incredibly saddening, and some because of mistakes and errors I've made. All the changes seemed to happen at once and all were so incredibly tied together that without the changes, both good and bad, I wouldn't be where I am at today. And today, I am incredibly and surprisingly grateful for where I am at.

My name is Bess Yontz and I've recently merged my 7 years of freelancing and changed from over 4 years of working for a corporation as a Design and Marketing Coordinator with teaching! I'm presently teaching elementary art and loving it. I honestly was initially abhorrent of the idea. I had never sought out art education in teaching because I genuinely believed it wasn't for me. After a set of major life changes; however, (and some rather pushy but loving family members), I took a break from my corporate position to give it a try. Of course, I loved it.

I am genuinely thankful for my path, because I don't think I would have enjoyed teaching now as I do if I hadn't had my degree in Illustration and honed in on that as my passion. Having worked outside of the educational system now helps me to keep a broader perspective on my subject matter and teach it as something powerful and alive. It also gives me freedom that I don't feel stuck to one particular area of work. That I can do my artwork and teach in a variety of ways. I had needed the time to work in the corporate sector to help me to understand what I want to teach my students.

I am currently still working my own freelance business, Bess A. Yontz Illustration, which I love pursuing. I am continuing to grow and learn in that area as a professional and along the way I get to teach my students from what I learn. It also helps me to keep my perspective outside of the general education sector and on a bigger scope of art and education.

I began teaching a year and a half ago. My first experience was as a long term art sub for a teacher out on maternity leave. After that, at the beginning of a new school year, I was called in as a traveling art teacher to three schools in the district. Whew. That was exhausting. This year I am incredibly thankful to have received the opportunity to have my own classroom at one building!

Here on my blog, I will not only be sharing my own personal growths on my artwork and freelance business, but also some of the things that I learn and enjoy from my art room; projects that we work on; concepts from the classroom; etc.

I would love to have you follow along with me and if you're an experienced artist or teacher (or both), I would love some insight any time you feel like commenting. You can also follow if you'd like an easy way to stay updated on any new art pieces.

Thank you for reading, joining, and sharing!


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