This week, we are thrilled to introduce our Middle School studio art teacher, Carlos Rodriguez. Stop by the 8th floor art studio soon to see the amazing work he is guiding our students to create!
My name is Carlos Enrique Rodriguez, and I am honored to be joining the Williamsburg Northside community this year. I have worked with children of all ages in Montessori schools, led after-school art programs in Brooklyn, and taught adults at the School of Fine Arts in Puerto Rico (Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico). I’m excited to join this learning community to teach 5th and 6th grades in the new art space on the 8th floor. This studio, with enormous windows and ample natural light, can perhaps be considered the eyes of the building – a great start for a visual arts class.
I was born and raised in Aguas Buenas Puerto Rico. My mother is a public school principal and my father retired from City Bank. I have a combined BFA from the School of Fine Arts of Puerto Rico and The School of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, as well as an MFA from Brooklyn College in New York. I have attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Residency as well as the Mass Moca studio residency. I am fortunate to have been able to produce several curatorial projects and to say that I have an active and happy studio practice. You can see some of my artwork on my website: uncarlos.com
I am aware of the impact that a teacher can have in showing different ways of seeing the world to a young student. The teachings of some key personalities in my life early on are still echoing through my path as an adult. Whether or not students decide to become professional artists in the future, as a teacher, I aspire to create problem solvers that can see things in the world from many angles; historically, functionally and perceptually. This is why in my class I strongly emphasize the developing and improving of skills, but also strive to create an environment that is safe for trying things out with confidence. Given what they bring from previous classes at WNS, I look forward to guiding and witnessing the progress of fearless makers and critical thinkers.