Naomi Velasquez is an award-winning contemporary textile and book artist. Her artwork is shown internationally and nationally and in diverse venues ranging from galleries to public works installations. Velasquez holds a degree from the University of North Texas in studio art. She is an associate professor and chair of the art department at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, where she is the coordinator for the fiber media and papermaking areas. Her work is held in numerous private and public collections including the University of Denver Library, Emory University Library, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and the University of North Texas Special Collection. In 2018, she received the Idaho Art Educator of the Year Award.
This interactive workshop is designed to help elementary art educators incorporate fiber arts into their studio classrooms. Participants will explore weaving and fiber art techniques and projects that will inspire and excite their students while helping them learn about texture, pattern, and color theory. The focus in this session will be on upcycled and readily available materials and equipment. Lesson plans will be provided to participants.