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Maria Geary

Maria Geary

Maria Geary is a mixed media and fiber artist based in Durham who works to explore the relationships between lived experiences and current society issues. A ‘creative inspirationalist’, her creative practice and business Relaxing In Art, is a word play of her nickname, ‘Ria.  It serves as a

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Let's Mix It Up!


Program Description

As artists, we thrive on asking the question, “What if?”  The artists in this program will also have an opportunity to answer “what-if.” By applying critical thinking skills, participants will create art using a variety of household items that might otherwise be considered trash. The class will write about their personal experiences of working with the materials and reflect on what they’ve


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Program Detail

Program type: Residency, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Literary Arts, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: American
Subject: Language Arts, Visual Arts
Population Served Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Please contact Maria Geary to book your preferred dates.

Available times:

Classes will take place Monday – Friday; 8:00AM – 4PM

Space / technical requirements:

Large tables are preferred but able to work with desks and chairs; reasonable proximity from workshop area to water source for clean-up and water changes.


School facility or activity site (ex:  Boys and Girls Club)

Fees / Ticketing:

$125 per instruction hour + materials


NC Standard Course of Study:

Apply creative and critical thinking skills to artistic expression.

Create art using a variety of tools, media, and processes, safely and appropriately.

Grades 6-8): Analyze the potential outcome of positive stress management techniques

(Grades 9-12): Create positive stress management strategies

NC Essential Standards:


  • Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.



  • Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes


  • Gallery 1 - Maria Geary
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  • Student Work


Anne Gregory, Artist

Sharon Griffith, Ed.D., NBCT –
Secondary Literacy Integration Specialist, Durham Public Schools

Myra Stotesbury – Northern High School Art Teacher

Recommendation from Sharon Griffith


Cancellation Policy

A minimum fee of $100 will be charged for program cancellation if not cancelled within 15 business days of contracted date.  If supplies were purchased in preparation for the program, the contracting party will be required to reimburse for all materials purchased.