Work Portfolio

I work as a sculptor and independent artist, as an art teacher, and as a freelance fabricator. Below is a portfolio of my works and services. Please scroll down and click the links for details.

Shields

My main focus at the moment is the Shield-Shop, where I work on expanding the hybrid-market for custom sports equipment and fine art. My shields are designed for Battle Games as a full-contact sport, and feature custom durable fine artwork.

I complete all of the artwork, with the occasional assistance from apprentices and my partner, Seth. All of the sculpture and finish work is completed using techniques I learned while at the University of Oregon studying Art, and also from growing up working in both theater and home construction. Click here for our Shield Gallery.

 

Shield-Shop was featured in two segments on KGW8 news!

Portland Today and KGW8 News “Movers and Makers” and even a Bonus Promo!:

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Below are some articles about me and the shield-shop-shannonShield-Shop:

Classes

I works as an art educator in Portland, Or, and have formal training in art from the University of Oregon, as well as 15+ years of teaching experience in both art and athletics, including basketball, soccer, and most medieval combat sports.

Arts Education

Since 2016 I have been a docent at the Portland Art Museum, where I give educational tours to students of all ages on the art and history of our collection, and of visiting works. I also teach workshops on sculpture are painting for props and faux finishing, most notably at the Winters Edge Arts and Science Symposium in Georgia every spring.

In the 2014-2015 school year I had the pleasure of teaching art at the Oregon Artist School (OAS), which focuses on personalized and rigorous fine art education for children and youth, ages 4-16. OAS is unique in both the focused format, and in that it offers materials and classes in Chinese. I taught drawing, painting, and oil painting to groups of 8-12 kids, of mixed ages from 4-10, in 90 minute after-school classes. My students all chose to take art as an after-school activity and I very much enjoyed this environment.

 

From 2013-2014 I taught at  Art for Life, an after-school-care program that offered an arts curriculum, along with recreation, and tutoring. My job was to teach fine art, creative thinking, and teamwork to children K-5 within the Portland Public Schools. Primarily we focused on introducing new materials and methods to young artists. I liked the variety and volume of work and kids in this environment, especially the outdoor education opportunities. I also enjoyed teaching more than one art medium.

Artist Assisting: Sculpture

I have worked as an artist assistant for two large-scale sculptors in based in Portland. While at the U of O I learned metal and shop skills from the Arts and Theater departments, and I applied those skills by cold grinding for Pete Beeman and David Willis. Below is more information on what I contributed, and the projects we worked on.

Winter/Spring 2013:Artist Assistant for Pete Beeman Artworks. Grinding, cutting, routing, etc. various metal parts for large-scale moving sculptures, helping create prototypes in the wood shop, misc. work. Pieces worked on:

 

Fall 2012: Artist assistant for David Willis Glass  working on cold-work for 6 feet glass daisies. Carving 2 ft long glass petals to custom fit the rounded daisy centers for a traveling. public work.

 

 

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