We had the good fortune of connecting with Kaylee Lodermeier and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kaylee, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
I think what makes me happy is watching my students grow their artistic skills every day, and watching those skills being used in their own project making. As a first year teacher, I have been taught a lot of different teaching philosophies to implement into the classroom and the one that has stuck with me the most is Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB). TAB is a teaching philosophy that is based around student choice. Through this philosophy, my job is to teach students different skills in different mediums, and the students use those skills to make a project of their choice. I love using this philosophy because students build the skills and techniques needed in each medium, but get to make work that they are excited about because it is their choice. It makes me happy to see my students all using the same skill that I taught them, but having an array of different projects come out at the end because my students used those skills differently than someone else. I love seeing the end product of learning a skill and that my students are excited to keep building upon those skills to create new and different work. This not only makes me happy seeing my students grow and succeed, but my students are also happy because they are creating work that they care about because it is their choice.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I never found my artistic voice in my work until I reached college. I always had ideas in the back of my head that I wanted to create, but always felt that it wouldn’t be considered art because it didn’t have a meaning behind it. Most of the art that I create never has a deep meaning behind it because I feel that there is a lot of art out in this world that is surrounded around heavy topics. For me, when I create art, I want to enjoy what I am creating and I always want a good laugh about it at the end. Making art is something that makes me happy, so I like making my work light-hearted and silly because I feel that the world is hard enough as it is, so bringing some joy into my art is what I like to do. My art/voice started developing around college when my professor Bruce Tapola pushed me to create those ideas. He was the one to help me realize that not all art has to have a deep meaning, and can just be made for fun and to be enjoyed when looking at it. I can say that at the end of my college career, my art was very different than from when I started, and I would like to thank Bruce for pushing me to find my voice.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am very much a homebody when people come out to visit. When living on a farm, there is plenty to do in my own backyard. Whether it’s going on a walk in the field, swinging on the porch swing, or taking the go-cart for a spin, I enjoy relaxing and having conversation with the people that visit. I would say one spot that is an absolute visit would be BoDiddley’s Deli and Pub in St. Joseph, MN. This is my favorite place to eat, and they have the best sandwiches for a good price. I would say that a visit to our cabin in Palisade is also a must. On a quaint little lake, there is plenty to do whether you like to relax and enjoy a drink, or if you would like to stay busy all day. My favorite activity up there is enjoying a drink while fishing off the dock at sunset. There is plenty to do both at my home, and two hours away at the cabin and would be my go-to spots when we have visitors. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a shout out to my professors at St. Cloud State University for pushing me every single day when I was at the art department. I don’t think I would be where I am at now if my professors didn’t support me and push me out of my comfort zone to make work that I didn’t even know I was capable of. My professors were the ones to help me find my voice in my work and pushed me to grow and build my skills into the artist that I am now, and I am thankful for their support every day.

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