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Mrs. Patience Shirk

I have the pleasure of teaching Art 8, 3D design, and Art 6 here at TMS! My own educational background includes a BA Hons in Studio Arts/Sculpture from the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland, and MFA from the  University of Oregon in Sculpture. Coming from a family of educators, I feel strongly that a natural part of being a practicing artist includes passing on the experience and knowledge I have acquired along my own academic journey to young artists. I love getting the opportunity to guide and inspire them as they grow as creative thinkers, and for them to see all the ways that art can enrich their lives! I live in Stephenson, Virginia with my husband Kevin, two young sons, Miles and Drew, and Cavapoo Stuart. Outside of the classroom I can be found working in my studio on my own art practice, reading, or exploring nature with my family.