Greetings! And welcome to a creative space where joyful learning is documented and shared.
My name is MaryJo Allegra and I have been teaching Visual Arts for 17 years and I currently teach Studio Art to children ages 3-12 at a private school on Long Island.
I received a BFA in Art Education with a minor in Painting from Pratt Institute and an MA in Arts and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and hold a NY State certification in K-12 Visual Arts. I have studied at the world-renowned preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy and experienced first-hand how language, environment and access to tools can empower children to become life-long learners. A believer in the power of the arts, I have developed and organized art events from inner-city school programs to fundraisers, such as Empty Bowls and Draw-a-thons, that engage children in the creative process while also serving their local community. I am passionate about art and teaching and am invested in utilizing research in mind/brain development and Equity and Inclusion to build and maintain an engaging and safe, creative learning environment for learners of all ages. An inherent humanist, I am eager to share my ideas about what works in education with you through this blog.
Inspiration is all around! Please visit MY BLOG for insight into developing a creative workspace and promoting artistic exploration in your home or classroom. Visit ArtEngine to learn more about to implement a growth mindset in your learning space. Feed your artistic curiosity (Please Note art-engine.org is currently undergoing maintenance).
Thank You for stopping by.
Have a colorful day! -MJ