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Ingrid Parmeter

Art Teacher

At Madeleine since 2018

An educator since 2002

Education: Bachelor's Degree, University of Oregon; Master's Degree, Pacific University



Hello! I am Ingrid Parmeter. I am an artist and child of two Oregon artists, (a wood-worker and a fabric sculptor), so I grew up attending craft fairs and gallery shows. I was born in North Portland, but spent most of my childhood in the country. Art has been a huge part of my life, but I am perhaps more of a maker. I love to use my hands to make things like costumes, home textiles and soap, and I really enjoy fixing things and using power tools.

I have a degree in English Literature from University of Oregon and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Pacific University. I have taught high school language arts and history of art, middle and high school AVID, and extensive after-school programs in ceramics and sewing to all age groups. Most recently I worked as a teaching artist assistant for Young Audiences creating kinetic sculptures. I also taught ceramics classes out of my home studio and have been a returning artist to Yamhill County Art Conspiracy summer programs for three years.

For fun I play guitar and sing in the St. Andrew Gospel choir, garden, hike, sculpt, and hang out watching my chickens. I have three fun kids who keep me informed about the world. We like to drink coffee and tea together and walk to places in Portland to do so. I also love love love theater.

My favorite medium is clay, so I will be actively working to get a kiln up and running at The Madeleine. In the meantime, expect your students to explore 3D as well as 2D art. My goal is that students develop a "mind of art," which means that we focus on how we perceive and appreciate the world around us as well as what we produce. I would like to teach all students to think of themselves as unique artists, whether they feel they are "good" at it or not. A mind of art means that we can observe, experience wonder and spiritual rest in the beauty of God's creation. Let's do this!