Diane Cherr, Educator

High School student's contour drawing in ink, watercolor and pencil for college entrance portfolio. High School student's contour drawing in ink, watercolor and pencil for college entrance portfolio.
I have been teaching art for over 25 years with extensive experience in arts education. I've worked as an art teacher, artist in residence, consultant and workshop facilitator in a variety of settings with a specialty in helping high school students with portfolio preparation for college admission.
As the art teacher at Manhattan Country School (MCS) in NYC, I taught Pre-K through 8th grade for eight years, focusing on the intersection of child development and the process of creating art. I worked closely with teachers to integrate classroom and art curriculum. While at MCS, I developed an award winning life drawing program for adolescents. I utilized museum exhibits and was fortunate to work with Keith Haring on a project with middle school students. I also helped students create art portfolios for their applications to LaGuardia High School of Music and Art. Since moving to Westchester, I have taught as an artist in residence in schools, museums and hospitals. I have worked independently and as a teaching artist for Arts Westchester for over 15 years.
Mixed media mural about the life of Nelson Mandela, Nelson Mandela High School, Mount Vernon, New York Mixed media mural about the life of Nelson Mandela, Nelson Mandela High School, Mount Vernon, New York
My art workshops stimulate creative development, encourage problem solving and enrich curriculum, using a variety of media, including painting, drawing, clay, collage and printmaking. I enjoy collaborating when creating individual and group projects. Residencies include murals about the Historic Hudson Valley at an elementary school and working with over 300 students at the Quaker Ridge Elementary School in Scarsdale, NY to design and create a mosaic mural as a permanent installation in the school. I received grants from UJA to create fabric wall hangings combining intergenerational storytelling and children’s artwork at two preschools.
High School student's mixed media guitar collage for college entrance portfolio High School student's mixed media guitar collage for college entrance portfolio.
I have taught a number of residencies through state and federal grants in Mount Vernon, NY, a suburban community in significant need of funding and support for the arts. My residencies have reached elementary and high school students and included murals and printmaking. I worked with art teachers, designing and implementing curriculum. I was also a consultant for Arts Westchester, planning and teaching professional development programs to the Mount Vernon visual arts faculty.
Older Adult Family History Project based upon personal memory after looking at Joseph Cornell Older Adult Family History Project based upon personal memory after looking at Joseph Cornell
I also enjoy working with older adults and have recently developed several residencies where personal memories and famous artwork provide inspiration for their projects. These workshops provide opportunities for socialization and exploration of new artistic techniques and media.
My work with teenagers and their portfolios for college admission is rewarding. I have taught small classes and tutor privately. Each program is tailored to the needs and interests of the students. Student’s creative potential is maximized while building confidence and developing excellent pieces for their portfolios. Each portfolio celebrates the student as a unique artist while exploring a variety of media. I also mentor underserved students, providing opportunities and resources to create portfolios and apply to higher education art programs.

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