Emma Stevenson Cowan received her BFA and MS in Art and Design Education from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, with a concentration in painting and art history. After graduation, she moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to became a full time art teacher in an alternative charter school specializing in at-risk youth. There, she also began a successful after-school program with help from the non-profit organization Congreso.  Emma has recently returned to work in her hometown of Bethesda, Maryland. She currently works at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart; an all girls Catholic, K-12 school, as a high school studio art teacher. At Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart Emma takes on many additional roles including the advisor to the literary magazine, and yearbook.

Emma’s art education career started when she was in high school. She volunteered to teach art to young children through her schools community service program. She was so enamored that she has pursued a life in art education ever since.

Published Work/Conferences

“emmateachesart.com: Making Me a Better Art Teacher Since 2010.”​ Maryland Art Education Association Gazzette, Spring/Summer 2015

“What to do (and NOT to do) when Launching a STEAM Initiative” ​NCGS 2015 Conference: From STEM to STEAM: Girls’ Schools Leading the Way, St. Catherine’s School, Richmond, VA, June 2015.

“​The Art of Cross-Curricular: Supporting Art-Making in Other Classrooms
” ​MAEA 2015 Conference: Game Changers: Collaboration, Play, and the Search for New Ide​as, Centennial High School, Howard County, MD, October​ 2015.


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