Surrounded by paper stacks, paintbrushes, and past masterpieces, it is hard to imagine art teacher Dorrie Coleman anywhere else.
“I think it is very interesting to be able to tell a message or story visually. I love being able to pull that out of students,” Coleman said.
Originally wanting to be a restorative architect, Coleman has found her true love in teaching art.
“I like the process of art,” Coleman said. “I can take students with no art knowledge at all, teach them a few basic skills, and watch them develop and bloom. I really like that aspect of teaching.”
Teaching art has influenced her life in more ways than solely as a profession.
In 2002 Coleman was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma, a form of cancer.
“I have always been a fan of people expressing their art through tattoos. It was important for me to create my own design because it was my journey,” Coleman said.
For the complete story behind her tattoo read “Teachers reveal significance behind tattoos” by Lacey Rose.