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Mary Jane Porter

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TCC Southeast Campus

Employment History


  • MA
    The University of Tulsa
  • M.A.
    University of Tulsa
  • master's degree
    University of Tulsa
  • MA
    University of Tulsa
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Art lessons - TulsaPeople - February 2012 - Tulsa, OK, 1 Feb 2012 [cached]
Mary Jane Porter
Mary Jane Porter is waging a war against lollipop trees and trees drawn like puffy clouds on sticks. When she goes into classrooms, the artist and art teacher encourages children to color big, realistic trees using their hands as measuring devices. She shows them how their own fingers are wider at the bottom than the top and how their arms are bigger closer to their body and narrower toward their wrists, just like a tree's trunk is wider at the bottom and narrower as it reaches skyward. Porter encourages them to put three fingers together to determine the width of the trunk, then teaches them to make two large branches. They keep making branches until they reach either the side or top of the paper. Next, she invites them to look out the window at how long, skinny branches overlap. "Some kids are afraid to let things overlap," Porter says. "And they're afraid to let their drawings cover the whole page. They have a fear of drawing big." And at the end of the branches are little twigs that stick out at various angles like fishing poles but never parallel like railroad tracks. "We make the tree grow as we color it," she says. Once the tree has been colored, Porter helps the children manipulate construction paper by rolling, folding and making it stick out into a three-dimensional collage. When the construction paper meets the tree, a wonderful tree house is born. "It teaches architectural forms and three-dimensional concepts in a very easy way," Porter says. "And it starts a great conversation. I'll ask who has a tree house story, who fell out of one, who spent the night in one or who helped build one. "The children love to tell their stories, and I love to hear them because they're getting even more involved in their art." Besides teaching elementary-age children, Porter teaches printmaking at Booker T. Washington High School. And she stays busy teaching courses for educators as a professor at Tulsa Community College and in her own studio, which currently is her dining room table. Her specialty is mixed media, which she describes as combining printmaking, drawing, painting and collage into the same piece. Puppets are her other love. Porter discovered them while teaching a class for teachers at Northeastern State University. She says she always helped the teachers make a puppet they could take back to their classrooms to be used for a curriculum or just enjoyed as art. "Finally, I realized that puppets were my calling," Porter says, "and that I wanted to start making them instead of just teaching other people to make them." Porter's puppets are available at Mama Trizza's, 1448 S. Delaware Ave. She will teach a puppet making for adults course at the TCC Southeast Campus Feb. 18 and 25.
Guest Artist Mary Jane ..., 1 Jan 2008 [cached]
Guest Artist Mary Jane Porter
Families with children ages 6-12 years (children may attend without accompanying adults)
Visit the handmade dolls in the Native American exhibition for ideas to create finger puppets made out of mixed media.
Mary Jane Porter is a skilled painter, whose work is exhibited nationwide.She teaches at Tulsa Community College and holds a MA from the University of Tulsa Community, 14 June 2006 [cached]
Mary Jane Porter taught last year's camp and is the July instructor this year.She teaches visual arts at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah and Broken Arrow, Tulsa Community College and Rogers State University.
"I'm with college kids most of the time," Porter said.
Porter is excited about teaching other forms of art."I'm looking forward to the opportunity of getting my feet more wet outside of the visual media and playing with those other art areas," she said.
The exposure to other art mediums is also an opportunity for the children, Porter said.
"It gives those students a chance to excel in something different," she said.
Programs and Classes, 16 Mar 2006 [cached]
Guest Artist - Mary Jane Porter Discover how artists create depth in the Magnificent Vision exhibition and then make a 3-dimensional shadow box using rocks, paint, fabric and moss.
Mary Jane Porter is a skilled painter who exhibits her work nationwide. She holds a M.A. from the University of Tulsa.
Programs and Classes, 16 Mar 2006 [cached]
Teaching Artist: Mary Jane Porter
Mary Jane Porter is a skilled painter, whose work is exhibited nationwide. She teaches at NSU and holds a M.A. from the University of Tulsa.
Guest Artist - Mary Jane Porter
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