Clarence Carter Boucher Interdisciplinary (Residencies may combine any or all of visual arts, poetry or song writing)

Name

Clarence Carter Boucher
Stephens City, Virginia 22655
864-202-7561
carter@boucherart.com

Website: www.boucherart.com

Biography

Clarence Carter Boucher is a visual artist, writer and musician. His most popular residency format leads the students through writing original poems, illustrating the poem and then helping them turn their poem into a song that we perform together.

Clarence Carter Boucher is a Master Teaching Artist working in the Arts Access South Carolina programs that provide inclusive art programs for people with disabilities. He is currently active on the Virginia Commission for the Arts and South Carolina Arts Commission's Teaching Artist Directories.  Boucher received the Ad Astra per Aspera Commendation for Exemplary Performance, in the SCAC Mobile Arts Program. Boucher is best known for his work with people with disabilities. He recently produced a training video titled, “How to Engage Students on the Autistic Spectrum,” for the SC Palmetto State Art Educators Association as a training class for their annual conference.

Clarence Carter Boucher’s personal work has been in numerous books and magazines including The New York Art Review, American Artist Magazine's Annual Watercolor edition, Who’s Who in Art and About the Author. Boucher studied the Berkley Method of guitar with Bruce Helgeson and plays an eclectic mix of folk music, blues and children's songs. Richard C. Owen publishes his children's books. Boucher also has nonfiction and books of satire available on Amazon.com. His poetry has been published in numerous publications and anthologies. He won the International Golden poet award. Boucher’s painting and/or other art works have won numerous awards and have been featured in juried professional exhibitions like the Piccolo Spoleto at the Charleston City Gallery. His work has also been featured on SCETV and Commercial Television.

Educational Background/Training

Schiller College, Strasbourg, (Set design and theatre direction) France 1978
University of South Carolina, Columbia, B. A. in Art 1977

Plus, numerous seminars on topics: like how to transfer someone to and from a wheel chair, how to design Accommodations for people with disabilities and other subjects related to making All of the Arts accessible and inclusive.

Fees

  • $100 per hour of class time.
  • My typical residency is 4 hours per day for 5 days as a minimum contact time per student of 5 hours.
  • $2,000.00 per week. (Four class hours per day.)
  • Teacher enrichment training is negotiated separately.
  • Plus, materials and Accommodations if the residency is more than 1 hour one way commute time.
  • One day workshops start at $500 per day
  • Festivals are typically $1,000 per day

Residencies of multiple weeks are encouraged.
A teacher, or site representative if at an Art Center or Museum, must be present during all residency activities.

Audience

ALL AGES (Project vary according to age and experience). Although I am best known for my work with people with disabilities, I work will all groups.

  • Autistic Spectrum participants
  • People with disabilities
  • Veterans with PTSD
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Groups requiring cross discipline work (E.G.: A dance group wanting to write a poem to choreograph, or a theatre group wanting to make original masks for a play.)
  • General public

Availability

Flexible. Please contact 2 months in advance to schedule.

Educational Programs

Interdisciplinary: Participants write an age-appropriate poem, illustrate the poem and then I help them turn their poem into a short song which we perform. For Blind participants the illustration is acting out their play as a living statue.

Poetry and Illustration: Similar to the above but without the song writing. This is for those who want to delve deeper into the poetry part or for those with a partial week due to testing or holidays. For Blind participants the illustration is acting out their play as a living statue.

Mask Making:  A Papier Mache mask project that will have the students making an original mask design they can wear. This can be a stand alone or used to support literary (A mask of a character or author), History (A mask of an historical figure), Science (A mask of a scientist) or Theatre and/or Dance (Characters being portrayed).

Screen Printing: A screen printing project in multiple colors. I developed a paper stencil method that is very economical and allows the entire class to print off one screen. Like the mask project this can be used to support academic projects as an illustration of a topic. Many of my own screen prints are made using this method.

Summer Camp: I usually do this for people on the Autistic Spectrum or with cognitive issues. We usually do one involved art project and two smaller projects. In the music part we do rhythm drills, bongo drums, participatory and movement songs and then song writing. The younger students write a group song the older students write individual songs and perform them. This can be two or three groups a day but each group is 2 hours a day for 5 days. I find the Autistic participants especially benefit not only from having the two classes back-to-back but also from coming multiple years. If you start a program like this, please plan to continue it.

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