"Anne was amazing at adapting the mosaics class for our group of Residents living on the dementia unit. Anne and I talked after each class and e-mailed between class as we evaluated what worked each day, and what needed to be adjusted to meet the needs of the Residents. They each were able to creat beautiful art in theri own way." -- Activity Director, Older Adult Residence
"Anne is enthusiastic and knows her medium inside and out. She has a love for people also and the kids enjoy her. She makes sure the work gets done and yet keeps it fun. Anne has a big heart and sensitivity to what matters to the people she is working with." -- Ms. Peterson, Hills Beaver Creek High School
“We All Have a Story" residencies may involve public artwork (handmade ceramic mosaic) or watercolor on paper. Anne Krocak has worked with a wide range of ages and skill levels in many different artistic mediums—including Public Art, Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture and Mosaic Design. Her own art pieces have been widely displayed in various galleries and institutions, most notably the Smithsonian, and public settings around the US—including a Public Art project that involved an entire community creating a “Turtle Bench" (now named Dakota) in Burnsville. Many groups worked together on this project, including a senior center that created original ceramic tiles that were embedded onto the bench. Anne has volunteered with the elderly since childhood, helping out at the nursing home where her mother worked. Her artistic process engages elders with discussion and music to feed their creative images and to engage everyone.
Anne has worked as an artist for over 25 years with many projects in the Metro area. She has a MA in Art Education, certification in EBD, and special training for International Baccalaureate “IB” Program. She has had the privilege to work with students with multiple learning differences, including the gifted and talented, IB, multiple levels of EBD, mental health challenges, LD, blindness, hearing impairments and autism—sometimes at the same time. She brings out the skills and interests of the students while teaching them many art concepts—including art history, criticism, production, vocabulary and aesthetics—as they collaboratively create drawings, mosaics, sculptures, tiles or public art pieces.
We all have a story: Handmade Ceramic Mosaic (group public art) or individual Memory Tiles
Participants will learn about each other, clay and glazes, while creating and documenting a ceramic mosaic wall piece. Individual designs will be discussed, encouraging everyone to express themselves—either for themselves or perhaps for their community or family. Ceramics is a fun, engaging medium that allows participants to express something personal and unique with each step. The entire process will be documented through pictures and stories that explain the images that each person will create. The materials include painted boards, clay, glaze, paper, brushes, adhesive, grout, copied photographs and music.
We all have a story: Watercolor on Paper
Participants will learn about each other and the medium of watercolor while creating a paper mosaic to be displayed. Creating art with watercolor is a relaxing and fun technique that allows individuals to express their “richness of years.” In creating a group collage each participant finds a way to express something personal and unique. Having each step documented with the stories that go along with the images allows further engagement from participants.
Note: Materials and mileage costs may also apply.
Create mosaic art pieces as a community. I am a Public Artist who creates handmade tiles, sculptures and mosaic art pieces that are interactive and functional, such as a bench, concrete sculpture, or wall hanging. The pieces reflect the community, providing viewers with an understanding of the people who collaborated in the creation of the piece. My goal is to inspire a deeper understanding of art, and to aid in the personal growth of the contributors and the cohesiveness of the community where the art is installed.
Create handmade tiles that are interactive and functional for your community. I am a Public Artist who creates handmade tiles, sculptures and mosaic art pieces that are interactive and functional, such as a bench, concrete sculpture, or wall hanging. The pieces reflect the community, providing viewers with an understanding of the people who collaborated in the creation of the piece. My goal is to inspire a deeper understanding of art, and aid in the personal growth of the contributors and the cohesiveness of the community where the art is installed.