Graduate Studies in Art & Design Education

Marla McLean / Course Faculty

Marla McLean is a Reggio Emilia inspired artist/educator, with 20 years teaching experience. She is the Atelierista, and was a founding Visual Arts faculty member, at School-Within-School (SWS), a Reggio Emilia Inspired public school in Washington, DC.

She is also a long-standing adjunct professor in Art Education Studies at The Corcoran College of Art & Design. She presents and facilitates workshops on Creativity and Young Children both nationally and internationally, and has received awards and recognition for her contributions.

She exhibits her own creative work nationally and internationally, drawing inspiration from both visionary artists who create through obsession and need, and ancient art born of ritual and culture. She tackles imagery through metaphor, material, and process, all married to the conceptualization of each piece. Her form encompasses sculpture, installation, assemblage, photography, and mixed media.

Marla received her MA in Studio Art from NYU, her BA in Education and Social Art from Goddard College (VT), and her AA in Photography/Multimedia from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Her studies and travels include three tours to Reggio Emilia.

She is dedicated to the evolving work that integrates the thinking of art, science, theory, technology, community, and the soul of the studio—the innate creativity that resides in each human being.