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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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Basic Art Journaling


Program Description

Welcome to Basic Art Journaling!   We will embark on a creative adventure to loosen up creative muscles, let go of daily stressors and express ourselves to capture moments, while experimenting with different artistic techniques. In this workshop, we are exploring the harmonious combination of transparent mediums while adding the versatility of aqua brushes to create unique and captivating


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Program Detail

Program type: Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Literary Arts, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Subject: English, Visual Arts
Population Served Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Please contact Maria Geary to book your preferred dates.



Available times:

Monday – Friday 8:00 – 4:00 PM; Afterschool hours:  3:30 – 6PM

Length of :Program 45-60 mins
Space / technical requirements:

I will set up in one place and classes will rotate.  This can take place wherever you have space such as the cafeteria, gym or library.



School or after-school facility

Fees / Ticketing:

$8 per student – 50 student minimum


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


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.