Lara Fahnlander hails from the Minnesota shores of Lake Superior and the interior heart of Alaska where natural beauty abounds. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Elementary Education with minors in Art and Early Childhood from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and is Nationally Highly Qualified in Art Education. She is currently completing her Master of Arts in Art Education through the University of Florida. She has taught in Latvia, New Zealand, Minnesota, Alaska and Hawaii. Lara has also traveled to over 25 countries to inform her personal and professional knowledge base by documenting art and culture.
She has worked with (K-5) for art and E.L.L. and (K-3 NS 9-12) as an itinerant art specialist in Alaska. There she developed district art curriculum, digital student portfolios, taught Graphics/Design, Art 1, Art 2, and all elementary art levels. She recently led a Legacy Murals Project to co-create with fifth grade classes in Hawaii as a teaching artist through the Donkey Mill Art Center and supported by a Target grant.
Fahnlander has been creating large-scale commission mural work since 2004. Her mural work can be viewed at www.facebook.com/CreativeHeartMurals or www.larafahnlander.weebly.com. Some of her favorite mediums are oil and acrylic canvas painting, ceramics, drawing, photography, Photoshop, weaving, crochet, decoupage, wire wrapping and she has a new passion for printmaking. Her work is often rooted in appreciating the beauty of surrounding nature and the desire to reduce the square footage of boring lifeless spaces in man made places.