Artist as Educator

A rostered artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Arts in education program since 1989, Lehman has conducted residencies and taught otherwise throughout the Commonwealth at the elementary, intermediate, middle, high school, university and adult levels. A long-time participant in the Arts Alive program as a painting instructor, he also currently serves as a member of the training team for new artists and teachers throughout NEIU 19. Most recently, he was selected by the PCA to assist with the development of tools for assessing the outcomes and effectiveness of artist residencies on student learning. Lehman was recognized for his outstanding teaching practices and named NEIU 19's Artist of the Year in 2001.

~ Residency Statement ~

I’m a painter, and I love what I do!  I can hardly believe that I’ve been a rostered artist for twenty years!  My enthusiasm for my calling is not lost on young minds and they quickly follow suit, the excitement about a very interesting endeavor is hard to ignore.  I’ve never asked to teach, but teaching came to me.  

Painting is fun.  And it is challenging, frustrating, rewarding, engaging and stimulating.  It is a demanding intellectual activity not understood by most people unfamiliar with the complex underlying nuance and calculation beneath the surface presence.  

 I’m a teaching artist, and I love this too!  Part time.  I really enjoy working with people, especially kids.  I teach the language of vision in terms of paint and anything else you can see, hear, touch, feel, or imagine, in an atmosphere of delight and acceptance.   

 I’ve been in-serviced, trained, tested, certified, ratified, and try my best to do a great job doing what needs to be done.  I do not disappoint. 

~ Teaching Experience ~

Adjunct Faculty, Keystone College, LaPlume, PA 

1989 – present
Roster Artist, PA Council on the Arts, Arts in Education Program, Harrisburg, PA

1992 – present
Painting Instructor, Arts Alive Institute, Scranton, PA

1994 – present
Painting Instructor, NEIU #19 In-Service Training Team, Archbald, PA

Instructor, "Out of the Box" PCA professional development seminar, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1999 – 2003
Teaching Artist, Music PArts Northeast PA Philharmonic and NEIU #19, Archbald/Scranton, PA

Painting Instructor, ArtSave, NEIU #19 & University of Scranton, Scranton, PA

Facilitator: Movement, Marks & Metaphor, Tisch School for the Arts, NYU, New York, NY
Facilitator: Integrating the Arts, PA Association for Supervision and Curriculum and Development Harrisburg, PA

Painting Instructor, University of Success Program, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA

Teaching Artist, Southern Tier Institute for Arts in Education, New York State
Adjunct Faculty, University of Scranton, Wilkes University and Keystone College

Facilitator: Integrating the Arts, PA Council on the Arts/NEIU
Teacher and New Artist Training, Harrisburg, PA


~ Selected References ~

Dr. Catherine Richmond-Cullen
Curriculum Specialist
Northeast Educational Intermediate Unit 19
Line Street
Archbald, PA 18403

Dr. Gene Camoni
Assistant Professor, Graduate Education
Wilkes University
[email protected]


Dr. David Morgan
Director of Special Programs, Immacualta Univeristy
1145 King Road
Immacualta, PA  19345
610.647.4400 ext. 3219 

Mr. Mike Ognosky, Superintendent
Montrose Area School District
50 High School Road
Montrose, PA 18801