(Art Director, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist)
My name is Julie Quill I am a local artist and educator. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts (concentration in crafts) as well as a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, both from Bridgewater State University. I have also studied at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. My most recent accomplishment is receiving a Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Recreation and I am currently working on becoming certified in this field. I have been painting with acrylic, oils, and watercolors for over twenty years and have had my work displayed in several local exhibits on the South Shore, as well as a traveling art show in California.
While studying at BSU, I became very interested in weaving. I love learning different patterns, as well as putting different textures and colors together with the yarn. I have a floor loom in my home where I create scarves, table runners and wall hangings, all of which have been exhibited in many local craft events. I also have a floor loom at the studio where I teach weaving.
I was a para-educator in the Hingham Public Schools where I worked in the classroom and as a job coach where I had an opportunity help the students in work settings as they grew in their independence. I also had the opportunity to teach and share my love of art and weaving with my students, as well as the students at the Cardinal Cushing School in Hanover and the South Shore Educational Collaborative.
This past year I became a member of the Therapeutic Recreation team in the town of Burlington. Using the knowledge I have gained in my classes at SUNY, I work with both children and adults in many ways. I work with children who have Cerebral Palsy in a yoga classroom, helping them stretch and strengthen their muscles. I have taught a painting workshop with the adults and help them with daily living skills while out in the community.
My dedication and commitment to sharing the arts with my students comes from my son, who has autism. Sean has inspired me to want to work with special needs children and adults, showing them how fun and expressive the arts can be. As a parent of a child with special needs, I understand that it can be difficult to find extracurricular activities that are fun, supportive, and safe for my son. I am excited to help fulfill what I believe is an important need in my community, by offering therapeutic recreation, art classes and lessons as a part of the Sing Explore Create team.
Art Director, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist