Artist as Teacher

    Michael Lewandowski is a middle school art teacher for the Averill Park Central School District in Averill Park, New York.  He teaches sixth and seventh grade art through curriculum outlined by the Averill Park Art Department and in accordance with the New York State standards.  His innate understanding and practical experience in the visual arts is what made him turn to education.

                "As an artist, I find this age to be the most important for students who are developing visual and spatial intelligence.  I can see the potential in each and every child as it emerges and feel I can tap into it to provide a foundation for their prospective future.  I want every student to know that some day they can make a living at what they love to do and if it's in art, I'm going to make sure they're aware of the possibilities...after all it was a seventh grade teacher who opened my eyes to my own potential."

-Michael Lewandowski



1983  SUNY @ Brockport, Brockport, New York

            B.S. in Criminal Justice

1995  The College of Saint Rose, Albany, New York

            B.S. in Art Education

            summa cum laude

            Outstanding Achievement award

1999  The College of Saint Rose, Albany, New York

            M.S. in Art Education

            Graduate Honors Award


Guilderland Library                                    Summer Sessions            *Cartooning I       (no fee)

                                                                                                            *Cartooning II     (no fee)

Albany Institute of History & Art               Summer Program            *Cartooning          (contact Albany Institute)

Averill Park Middle School                        After School Program     *3-D Cartooning   ($30 fee)

East Greenbush Library                      Winter class                 *Cartooning            (no fee)

Private Instruction                                     Cartooning and Oil Painting    (Contact artist)          ($50.00 per hour)