I'd like to introduce you to Rita Swartz!
Rita taught for 40 years as a middle school art and language arts teacher. Her career included the following schools: Northview Public Schools, Godfrey Lee Public Schools, Grand Rapids Public Schools, and Jenison Public Schools.
Her favorite thing about teaching art was "interacting with the kids, seeing them learn new skills, watching their interpretation and creativity."
Rita's favorite quote is:
She is an active artist exhibiting in many shows around the state including participating in ArtPrize in 2015 and possibly 2017. Rita is a member of the Woodland Weavers and Spinners Guild, Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild, Michigan League of Handweavers, and Handweavers' Guild of America. Her favorite art media are watercolor, acrylic, oil, collage, and all forms of fiber arts. Below are some of her works of art.
One of Rita's memorable teaching moments was seeing kids coiling baskets around school in their spare time. Since retiring she's been teaching painting and weaving classes, creating with Art Girlz, a group of retired art teachers, volunteering to teach weaving in a local middle school and sadly, caring for her sick husband.