South Carolina Arts Commission

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Cynthia Riddle

SCAD ID - #335



Certification

Certified Teaching Artist


Contact

cynthiabroomriddle@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/chickencoopartco/


Discipline

  • Visual Art


Geographical Availability

  • Upstate
  • Midlands
  • PeeDee
  • Low Country

About


Gramling, SC teaching artist, I work in both arts education and as a visual artist, teaching and creating in a variety of media. I received a BA in Studio Art from Lander University and my Master of Education degree from Converse College. My studio, Chicken Coop Art Company, is a repurposed 95 year old arts & craft style bungalow. It is this rural setting that feeds my personal work. Producing works in the Realist manner and inspired by nature, I create two-dimensional work with a unique style of fluid strokes. I use traditional materials, pencil and brush on paper, stone and glass, ink and wax, to grasp movement and life — all things captured in the spontaneous dance and movement of the tool. My subject matter is straightforward, whether it is a pastoral landscape or sculpture or exploring identity through pencil drawings.

Currently, I have developed a primary interest in organic clay sculpture, feeling the observational relationship of art and science allows great creativity and flexibility. I construct with clay for its suppleness, delicacy and strength. Additionally, having students experiment with messy clay is therapeutic. Clay’s willingness to be transformed, both in form and texture, makes it a perfect medium for exploring the iconic interpretation of nature. Providing hands- on art making and reflective practice is essential in discovering or reclaiming our creative spark. My students, both young and old, tell me that they often find their creative “voice”, feeling both confident and successful in their artmaking.


Reviews


Kaye Foxworth

Campobello Gramling School, Reading Coach/Arts Chair

Mrs. Riddle was our guest artist for our first CGS Family Arts Nights! She led our families in creating ceramic tile masterpieces. She was easy to coordinate with before the event. At the event she was enthusiastic, professional, and knowledgeable. We loved having her and plan to have her back!

(May 12, 2022)

Gold Star 1 for Rating 5/5
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Kathryn Mitchell

Campobello Gramling, ABC Grant Manager

Our school hosted two Family Arts Workshops and invited parents and students for a brief lesson in ceramic tile art and a workshop for creating individual tiles. Mrs. Riddle led the workshop both nights, and the feedback from our event was fantastic. Participants loved her lesson and enthusiasm!

(May 12, 2022)

Gold Star 1 for Rating 5/5
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Amber Pitts

Campobello-Gramling / Parent

Ms. Riddle was very patient while working with the students and families during this session. Materials were readily available and she reminded us we are all artist, just at different levels! She shared many facts about the school's ABC grant and further arts resources. We enjoyed creating with her!

(May 12, 2022)

Gold Star 1 for Rating 5/5
Gold Star 2 for Rating 5/5
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