Ms. Brown adds photography, digital skills to art department

Ms. Kristin Brown – photo courtesy of Ms. Kristin Brown

Walking past the art facilities, you may find Ms. Kristin Brown tinkering behind the 3-D printer. A Long Island native, Ms. Brown will joining the art department, teaching Visual Arts Foundations and Digital Art I and II. She will also advise The Haligoluk

     Although Ms. Brown grew up in a family without artists, she was always experimenting and tinkering around. She spent this past summer fiddling with a 3-D printer. Though she broke it in a few instances, she is proud that she has been able to fix it each time.

     Her love of photography, both analog and digital, also came out of exploration. As an undergrad studying Photographic Illustration at the Rochester Institute of Technology, she loved processing film in the darkroom, discovering digital photography, and working in Photoshop.

     Ms. Brown also has an interest in printmaking and the process of setting up different type fonts on her tabletop letterpress. 

     Her passion for teaching comes straight from her love of art. 

“I get paid to make art every day, and I get paid to hang out with students who make art, and talk with them, see where they go, and see them problem solve. It’s just fun.”

Ms. Kristin Brown

     “To be able to share that passion and inspire students to problem solve really keeps me going,” Ms. Brown said. “I get paid to make art every day, and I get paid to hang out with students who make art, and talk with them, see where they go, and see them problem solve. It’s just fun.”

     Growing up, Ms. Brown remembers both of her high school photography teachers as greatly influential to her life. During that time, her dream job was to be a photographer for National Geographic and travel the world taking photos. However, at her first job working at a magazine in New York, she realized that her dream job did not really exist anymore.

     “It was interesting to see how the photography world was changing, right when digital [photography] started,” Ms. Brown said.

     Ms. Brown wants to create a classroom setting where students are free to tinker around and not be constricted by avoiding doing something wrong. 

     “I want to have a classroom where there is no such thing as a wrong answer, where students can continually explore and try new things,” Ms. Brown said.

     When visiting, one of the things that drew her to the school was the amount of student engagement in the classroom. 

     “I was so impressed at how thoughtful the students were with their art projects and pushing themselves and learning new things,” Ms. Brown said.

     Outside of art, Ms. Brown loves backpacking and traveling. 

     “I’ve backpacked different sections of the Appalachian Trail,” Ms. Brown said. “I used to teach outdoor education. I really like hiking the Wissahickon, which is local, and on the weekends going to some other places.”

     Her favorite place she has ever visited is Guatemala, because of the adventures she had there and because “the people there are the happiest people on the planet.”