Tara S. Holl Visual Arts


Tara S. Holl
Brookeville, MD 20833


Ms. Holl has been a professional teaching artist for over 20 years. She has created glass installations (sculptural, leaded, fused, & cast) mosaics, murals, sculptures, and many mixed media art works in public spaces. She received an AIA award for excellence (American Institute for Architects) on two large glass projects created for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Reston, Virginia. Tara opened a National Geographic exhibition at Explorers Hall at the Washington D.C. with 8 large sculptures depicting the many uses of glass. Tara has been the curator for a variety of exhibitions at assorted galleries, the Creative Crafts Council, the National Institutes of Health, Baltimore Space Telescope facility, Olney Theatre Center, the Sandy Spring Museum, and the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland. She has taught workshops, classes, and over 45 visual arts integrated residencies at public and private schools, National Arts Education Association, National Geographic, Glen Echo, the Greater Washington Jewish Community Center, the University of Maryland, and through other venues that support the arts for teachers, artists, and students of all ages. She utilizes glass, ceramic, fiber, wood, cement board, paper, recycled materials, found objects, and assorted painting mediums. Murals, mosaics, large mobiles, sculptures, and wall mount artwork are some of the results. Tara has been the visual art integration specialist for the Maryland Artists/Teachers Institute (now called Maryland Centers for Creative Classrooms MCCC) She has taught in the states of California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Washington. She has taught overseas. Her work has given her the opportunity to teach students PK - 12, adults, and a variety of children and adults with special needs. Tara has exhibited her work throughout the United States and overseas. Recently Tara taught arts integrated workshops to children and adults (the Kuna Indians) in Armila, Panama, while on a one month eco-residency.

Educational Background/Training

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Philchuck School of Glass, Marysville, Washington
Port Con Glass Convention, Seattle, Washington
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
Teaching Artists Institute - Arts Integration Certification
National Arts Education Conferences - New York, Seattle
2018 Teaching Artist Retreat, Pennsylvania
I continue my education (professional development opportunities) through several different venues: Teaching Artists Institute for Arts Integration, Maryland State Arts Council, Young Audiences, Arts Education for Maryland Schools, and assorted workshops in a variety of media in order to enhance my teaching capabilities.


Hourly residency fee $85.00 not including materials

Daily residency fees:
*based on 3-4 hours of teaching $300.00
*based on 6-8 hours of teaching $625.00

Week and month residencies are based on hourly fee however rates have flexibility depending on schedule and project. Travel and accommodations are not included.


Teachers & Administrators (PD & in service workshops)
Students with special needs; children and adults (including emotionally disturbed teens)


Flexible schedule however it is recommended to plan in advance as much as possible

Educational Programs

Typically, a residency project will start with a meeting to explore the kind of project desired and the grade level and/or community that will participate. Once this information is gathered, an arts integrated approach is created (a map of sorts combining academic learning with fine arts) to achieve the project with students, teachers, and/or community. Once the residency begins, the artist talks about what is going to be accomplished -- often using visual aids such as artworks, photographs, power points, and examples of the technique. As a mixed media artist, Tara teaches many different mediums and often combines them to achieve interesting and visually appealing installations. A few examples of the possible projects are large mixed media mosaics, extensive indoor and outdoor murals, large mixed media mobiles, fused and leaded glass installations, found and recycled sculptures. Each project is tailored to fit the interest and need of the institution. Tara's approach is all about the students she is teaching. She believes that all people have something to say artistically and celebrates each individual's personal achievement.

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