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Mixed Media Artist Shares Talents

Sitting in her middle school art class, Michelle Sandone knew what she wanted to do with her life--be an art teacher. Even as a young child, she always had a passion for all things art.??"I remember thinking 'How can I turn this into something that I want to do for the rest of my life?' I was always one of those kids thinking far into the future," she said.

In high school, Sandone took every art class that was offered. "They didn't have enough for me," she said.??Flash forward past her graduation from Southern Connecticut State University last year, and Sandone still has the dream of being an art teacher. While searching for a job she works at All About Art in Monroe, teaching kids how to improve artistically. And even though she may have been occasionally steered toward taking another career path, the dream lives on.

"I remember in high school, my art teachers were like 'I wouldn't go for that, there's no money in it and you don't get a lot of praise for your work most of the time,'" she said.??But for Sandone, it's about doing what she loves most. From creating jewelry, to print making with woodblock prints, to painting, to pottery and photography, she does it all.

Although she says classes she took in Urbino, Italy and Paris, France and at Brookfield Craft Center and Silvermine Art Guild have taught her many different techniques, most of what she knows she taught herself.

"I always had a sketchbook and I always drew and drew and drew and that's how I got really good at drawing," she said. "That's what I tell my kids, whenever you're trying to draw something and you really want to draw it you can, no matter what it looks like."

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