Rachael Van Dyke, art educator

Educational Vision

Growing up my father believed in my artistic abilities. He gave me opportunities to create design work for co-workers and friends. He made those connections for me, connections that at age 14 I couldn’t have discovered on my own. I want to instill in my own students the same confidence I have in them to achieve great work while enjoying learning.

I have also worked as an adjunct professor with the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. Within just a few visits to area public schools I found it evident that are art teachers still using templates and patterns with very closed-ended projects. I realized very quickly how different my vision and pedagogy was from art educators. I also realized how valuable my role is now as a professor teaching our next generation of art educators.

For 13 years I taught in the areas of K-12th grade art and design. As an art educator for jr. high and high school art and design at Ann Arbor STEAM, Brighton Public Schools, and NorthPointe Christian Schools I committed to making positive intersections for my students. Intersections of real-world experience and real-world knowledge. Intersections between real world professionals in the fine and applied arts and student career choices. I desire to create a dynamic classroom of learning through  actual client work, studio visits, guest critiques, peer-led critiques, artist-in-residences, senior exhibitions and guest artist demonstrations. As often as possible I strive to take a project to the truest level of real-world experience for my students.

By working as a professional artist I am current with art trends and news and able to make connections for classroom real-world projects. I remain enthusiastic about art making and create a healthy example of a working artist for my students. Please visit my web site at RachaelVanDyke.com My husband, Cameron Van Dyke is a full-time artist, designer and sculptor, and has been an amazing partner in my journey as an artist and art educator.


2008-2011 Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI   Masters in Art Ed.
2003-2004 Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI   Teacher Certification
1991-1994 Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY   BS Studio Art
1990-1991 Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY   Foundational Art Studies


Adjunct Professor in Art Education, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
Observation and mentoring of student teachers and teacher of materials, methods, management and philosophy  for art education.                                                                            

Art Educator,

Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ann Arbor, MI  2014-2015                                                           Established STEAM curriculum and long term vision for K-8th Art and Design Program                  

BrightonPublic Schools, Brighton, MI  2013-2014                                                                  Established STEAM curriculum and long term vision for K-8th Art and Design Program           

NorthPointe Christian Schools, Grand Rapids, MI  2004-2012
Established curriculum and long term vision for K-12th Art Program

Fine Artist 2000-present
Commission and speculative work. Regional, and national clients.

Commercial Print Model and Film Actress 1998-present
Print model and film and television actress for local, national and international clients.

Education Through Music Art Specialist, Grand Rapids, MI  1999-2002
Taught Creative Thinking and Art Making for Summer ETM Camps

Art Educator, Belding Public Schools, Belding, MI  2002
Summer Art Educator for Migrant Students

Project Coordinator, Divine Models and Talent, Grand Rapids, MI  2000-2002
Assisted in coordinating talent and model shoots for talent agency
Self-employed Art educator, locally for over 120 homeschooled children  1994-1997

Art Educator, NorthHills Classical Academy, K-6th grade, Grand Rapids, MI  1996



Selected Solo Exhibition

2015 The Space Between, Les Pays au Jardin Botanique, artist in residence, France

2015 As if in the Pains of, Museum of Motherhood, NYC on line solo exhibition

2014 Ridges and Valleys Netherlands and US, Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, Artist-in-Residence, Ada MI

2014 Ridges and Valleys of MI, Gifts for the Arts, University of MI

2013  Upstate New York, The Power Center of Performing Arts, University of MI

2013   Northern Michigan Landscapes, University of Michigan

2013   Northern Michigan Landscapes, Devos Center for Arts and Worship, Grand Rapids MI

2008   Q & A, Postma Center, Grand Rapids MI


Selected Group Exhibitions

2016      International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Art Gallery Le Logge, Assisi, Italy

2016      20th Anniversary Bank of America Art Acquisition Exhibition, Ann Arbor, MI

2016     Festival of the Arts, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids MI

2016      ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI

2016     Everyone in the Pool, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas  MI

2015      Look Out, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas  MI

2015      Lookie Here, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids MI

2015      ArtPrize, Devos Place, Grand Rapids MI

2014      Urban/Rural, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas  MI

2013      Wide Expanses, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas MI

2013      Go Figure, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids MI

2012      Genre, Seed Gallery, Traverse City MI

2012      Festival of the Arts, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids MI

2012      Get Dressed, Seed Gallery, Traverse City MI

2011      ArtPrize, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids MI

2011      Thaw, Davison Gallery, Rochester NY

2011      Avenue for the Arts, Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, Ada MI

2008      Q & A, Atrium Gallery, Holland MI

2008      Voyages and Image:  Dolan Center Gallery, NYC/Gold Dome Gallery, OK/Hawken Gallery, OH

2007      The Child In You,  Woman-Made Gallery, Chicago IL

2005      Three Stars Rising;The Ephinany, Eyekons, Grand Rapids MI                                               

2005      Spring Arts, Gallery 800, Grand Rapids  MI

2005      Winter Festival Exhibition, Gallery Uptown, Holland MI

2003      Juried Exhibition, GRCC Colin’s Art Gallery, Grand Rapids MI


Performance Art

2009      ArtPrize, Collaborative piece in top 50 out of 1400, Grand Rapids MI

2008 and 2009  Live Coverage, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids MI

2006      The Mines- “Color Experience II”, Wealthy Street Theater, Grand Rapids MI


2016      Bank of America, original

2014      Marriot Hotels, prints of work purchased for hotel rooms

2010      Devos Children’s Hospital, Collaborative large-scale sculpture, Grand Rapids MI

2010      Celadon New Urbanist Community, large abstract painting, Grand Rapids MI

2010      Paradigm Magazine, Cover and insert page



Residencies and Fellowships

2016      Isle Royale National Park, Isle Royale, MI

2016      ArteStudio Ginestrelle, Assisi, Italy

2015      Jardin-Botanique, Marnay sur Seine, France

2014      Forest Hills Fine Art Center, MI

2012      TICA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

2009      Les Tasis, Les Tapies, France


Selected Award and Grants

2009/2011/2012   Festival of the Arts, Purchase Award

2009/2010/2011   Arts Council of Grand Rapids, Educational Grant

2007      Scholastic Gold Teacher Achievement Award

2006      Japanese Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar, Japan

2005      Celebration of the Arts Award, FUMC, Grand Rapids, MI

REPRESENTATION                                                                                                                    LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI 2012- present                                                                          Rivercross Gallery, Valle Crucis, NC -2016- present                                                                              RiverCentre Gallery, Sylvania, OH 2014- present

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                                                                                                     
Japanese Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar, November 2006 program
Michigan Art Teacher Conference; Grand Rapids, MI, led workshop
Teaching Advance Placement Art and Monoprint Workshop, Columbia College
Creative Thinking Workshop, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art                                           Teen Leadership Certification, The Flippen Group, 2010                                                   Capturing Kids’ Hearts, The Flippen Group, 2010

In-services:                                                                                                                                                                                                 Love and Logic                                                                                                                                         Backward Design                                                                                                                           Creating Inclusive Environments                                                                                                  Crisis Intervention                                                                                                                            Student Led Conferences                                                                                                                 School Accreditation                                                                                                                 Mini-Economics in the Classroom                                                                                                       Kid Pix                                                                                                                                                School Safety                                                                                                                                 Diversity in the Classroom

Action Research


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