DISTINGUISHED LEADERS IN EDUCATION 2017 Linda Sirow
Artist & Educator, The Dalton School
Linda Sirow has demonstrated a life-long commitment to using art to effect children’s development, education and human potential. After earning a dual degree in sculpture from both Tufts University and the Museum School in Boston, Linda completed graduate work in the field of art therapy and art education. Her early teaching career focused on art therapy as a healing modality. For the past twenty years, Linda has taught in an academic setting, instructing middle school art at The Dalton School in New York. Through her work, Linda has nurtured hundreds of individuals, helping each student find her unique voice through visual expression.
Linda has led students to discover how to use non-verbal communication in an ever changing and competitive world by teaching both technical skills and creative problem solving. She introduces her students to art in the world around them not only through museum visits but also by honoring the artwork of the students themselves by exhibiting their work in galleries, hospitals, public spaces and professional publications.
At Dalton, Linda’s teaching has focused on grades 4-8, covering a wide variety of materials and processes including traditional methods such as drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics and textiles. She also introduces students to new media such as digital art, laser cutting, working with circuitry, arduino and 3-D printed fabrication. Linda constantly attends workshops, classes and conferences to stay attuned to the most cutting edge teaching methods and technologies. #