Nancy Schwartz, Art Teacher

I came to Conserve School in 2001 together with my husband, Robert Eady, and our eleven year old daughter, Ruhiyyih. We were among the original teachers charged with the task of developing a new school. It’s been a privilege to be part of such a dynamic, innovative and exciting project.

My undergraduate and graduate degrees came from Michigan State University spaced out between Peace Corps service in Uganda and Niger and two years teaching in the US Virgin Islands. We raised our family in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where we developed a family pottery business and homeschooled our children.

Throughout these years of teaching at and living in the Conserve School community I have focused my classes around the resources we have available here and on self discovery in and out of the classroom. I want my students to sense their own, amazing potential and to learn to approach every task in life with new eyes and consciousness to realize their abilities to be expressive.

Together with students in the past we have looked at art from global perspectives and have, through international school projects, forged friendships with schools and people from diverse cultures – most specifically from Pakistan, Iran and Syria. Understanding and stretching our own boundaries out into the world, with all of its diversity and beauty, is one large piece of the puzzle to achieve world fellowship. In our art classes, attention is often given to the art and craft of other cultures and to the ways each of us makes use of, in expressive ways, the resources we find available.  I hope that my students find inspiration in being a part of a much bigger and wondrous world.