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Kathleen Cassidy, Visual Arts Teacher
Exploding Pomegranate Painting
Exploding Pomegranate

I am so glad to be teaching Visual Arts at Washburn High School.  Prior to joining Minneapolis Public Schools in 2011 I taught Studio Art, Drawing and Painting and AP Art for eight years at a Public Magnet HIgh School in Chicago.

I graduated from Yale with a BA in Sociology with extensive coursework in Studio Art and I completed my Masters in Art Education degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  I am licensed to teach Visual Arts (K-12) in Minnesota.

In the 2020-21 school year, I am teaching IB SL Visual Art, IB HL1 Visual Art,  IB HL2 Visual Art and Painting 1. The easiest way to contact me is to use my MPS e-mail: 

My own artwork is usually drawing and painting. Currently my artistic subject matter is often informed by a quirky sense of humor, my social values, and occasionally just what or who is sitting around the house.

“The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is -

it’s to imagine what is possible.” - bell hooks



IB Visual Arts

In IB Visual Art Courses, students will explore skills, techniques, processes and vocabulary which they will use to pursue an in-depth investigation of art.  Students will develop their artistic ideas independently but within a framework of diverse social, cultural, and historic context. Students will learn to assume responsibility for personal artistic growth by practicing critical analysis of works of art, experimenting with media, honing technical skills and synthesizing research and artistic production.  Students will study the curatorial process and practice it in their own mini-exhibition as well as a larger class art show.


At Washburn there are two different paths for students who are interested in taking IB Visual Art:

  • IB SL(Standard Level) Visual Arts, in which students may submit their work to the International Baccalaurate organization for assessment at the end of a one-year course.


All students who complete IB Visual Arts will grow as artists and creative thinkers. Not only will they build their studio skills as they create a cohesive series of art pieces, they will strengthen their skills in thinking critically, through writing and discusssing the artwork of others as well as documenting and reflecting upon their own artistic process.

does this fire?!