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Freeman hired as new art and ceramics instructor at PCC

06 September 2019

Pratt Community College is excited to announce the hiring of Kansas artist, Mark Freeman, as art and ceramics instructor. PCC welcomed Freeman just before the fall semester began and has hit the ground running as classes began Aug. 21.

Freeman, a Kansas native, grew up in Ellinwood where his affinity for art began early while in Middle School. He enrolled in art class and often got himself into trouble. What started as a simple punishment for acting up in class Freeman began enjoying mixing clay and says it helped him stay out of trouble and he continued art classes into high school.

“Luckily, my high school art teacher does not remember that part,” said Freeman. “Honestly, we all have that one teacher that has inspired us along the way and mine just happened to be an art teacher early on.”

Freeman attended Barton Community College and later Fort Hays State University where he received a BFA in Ceramics and a Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Education.

 “My teaching philosophy revolves around the student as a learner,” said Freeman. “I believe strongly in the importance of art in education as well as the freedom of self-expression.”

Freeman says his classes are structured in a way that allows a student some flexibility in art exploration with guided instruction along the way.

“We all learn and express ourselves in different ways,” said Freeman. “I push my students to be free thinkers and better makers. I see myself as a mentor whose job is to guide students in their creative journey toward their ultimate goal.”
 
Freeman’s goal for this academic year, his first at PCC, is to give students a new sense of appreciation for art. He says that he wants to inspire them in the same way he was inspired by his teachers.

As well as being an educator, Freeman, is also a nationally known artist. He and his wife, Bambi, created their own studio and business and often travel the U.S. teaching workshops and selling their artwork at fairs and galleries.

Freeman’s classes are open to all students as well as community members interested in throwing clay and learning to spin decorative pieces or create drinking vessels, platters and more. To learn more about Freeman’s classes contact him directly at markf@prattcc.edu.