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Polly Parkinson

Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UDAM) teaching artist.

Polly Parkinson is particularly interested in the pairing of images and words, although she is also available for projects that are sole- ly visual or literary.  She especially enjoys teaching children’s poet- ry  classes,  and  can  work  with  your  core  curriculum  require- ments.  One particular interest is in using watercolor pencil botani- cal illustration paired with personal essays and poetry.  She is fa- miliar with a number of book-making techniques that can be used for students to write, illustrate and produce their own small books.
Polly has a master’s degree from Skidmore College in New York, focusing on literature of loss, literature of place, and illustrated literature.  She is currently completing a STEM certificate through Emporia  State  University  in  Kansas,  focusing  on  cross-discipline learning, and student-directed inquiry.  She taught art for several years at Bonneville Elementary, has done art workshops for Row- land Hall-St. Marks, and currently teaches second grade at Carden Memorial. Her    work    has    been    published    in Salt    Lake City magazine, Sunset magazine, and the Journal of Graduate Lib- eral  Studies (published  by  Dartmouth,  Georgetown,  Rollins,  et. al.).  She has exhibited her art locally and in Montana and New York.
Polly  savors  the  originality  of  each  individual  child,  and  enjoys teaching  students  techniques  that  will  help  them  express 

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