Laura Forrest

My love for art began when I was a child. I can’t remember a time when I did not make art. As a college student my studies included working independently under Daniel Rhodes, at Alfred University, School of Ceramic Art and Design. I transferred to The School of the Arts at CW Post where I was awarded an undergraduate teaching assistantship. This meant I could finish my studies for free and teach on the college level. After graduating with my BFA, Magan Cum Laude, I went on to Teachers College at Columbia University, Manhattan to start my graduate studies. This was interrupted when I was given the opportunity (through a grant) to work as an arts resource in public and private schools on Long Island. At that same time I was also hired by Hofstra University to design lesson plans for future classroom teachers enabling them to teach the academics (math, science, english, etc.) using art. I went on to teach at Dowling College teaching ceramics and becoming Associate Professor and department head. This brings me to the Art League of Long Island.

Another passion I have is working with children. Young budding artists are so exciting to be around. Together we explore the art of seeing the world around us, incorporating nature into our projects. I help each child to realize their own creativity. To gain self esteem and self confidence through their successful art creations.

I have never stopped making art. Presently I create sculptural functional ceramics. I also design and make porcelain jewelry. My work is in public and private collections I have written for and been published in Arts and Activities magazines, an national publication for arts educators.