Deirdre Czoberek, a local Pacific Northwest contemporary artist, resides in Mount Vernon, Washington. She has deep artistic roots with a mother, father, sister, aunties and even her grandmother creating art.
Deirdre grew up in a home where art was just important as food. Both parents were visual artists and on a constant quest for physical and spiritual beauty. Every surface in the house was subject to beautification and embellishment – cars and refrigerators included.
In August 2019, Deirdre graduated from the Vermont College of Fine Arts earning her Masters in Art and Design Education and is now a certified teacher in Washington state. She is endorsed in K – 12 art education and has been teaching in Whatcom and Skagit counties for over twelve years.
Try as she might to explore different paths in college, she felt drawn to study art and completed her B.F.A. in painting in 1992 from the University of Washington. In her work, she favors the continual exploration of color and design in non-representational paintings. Primarily an oil painter, she is just as likely to use watercolors or acrylic if they are at hand. Watercolor offers a spontaneous luminosity; acrylic is immediate and oils are slow and rich and take time to develop.
Along with raising her own creative children and painting, Deirdre works as a teaching artist throughout the Northern Puget Sound area.
Since the beginning of our history, people have expressed themselves in visual forms. As an art educator, I want to facilitate that process and work alongside my students to question and explore the world. I would like them to think critically and find meaning in their experiences.
All children should have the opportunity to tell their stories and share their vision of our environment. It is my responsibility to support their artistic growth. Teaching is not just passing on content to students, but fostering their innate curiosity and providing the challenges that they need to stretch and explore.
As I pursued my own education, I was frequently reminded of the tremendous potential that teachers have. Psychologically, great educators stay with their students for a lifetime. It is with devotion that I continue this journey as an educator, to accept that role, to support the intellectual and emotional development of my students, and to partner with them on their pursuit of a meaningful art education.