Joan has been teaching for over 30 years, and offers art classes and workshops year-round in fiber art, ceramics and botanical printing. For the last 15 years she has been traveling and leading art related tours to Ireland, Scotland, France and Mexico. She offers new tours and workshops each year locally and around the world, which she writes about on her blog at www.authentictravelandtours.com Joan is also a travel writer, and enjoys writing about creative people, interesting places and positive collaborations that are changing the world. She has been an artist in residence and instructor at John Campbell Folk School in North Carolina for several years, in both fiber and ceramics, and has taught several 2 week fiber art workshops/ tours with hands-on instruction in Ireland. She currently lives in northern Wisconsin and on Madeline Island. Her nickname ‘Siobhan’ is the Irish version of Joan, pronounced ‘Shivaun ’Joan.
“Art opens our eyes, and with that, our understanding of the human experience. We live in a visual world, and as an artist and educator, I believe heightening our visual awareness and acumen through looking at art and the world in more detail makes us fully educated human beings. This belief drives my artistic creativity as well as my teaching, in asking students to look closely and carefully, to develop a language for talking about what they see, and to apply new insights and thinking to their knowledge base as well as to objects that they create.”