Catching Up with Upper School Studio Art Teacher Trinity Osborn

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Catching Up with Upper School Studio Art Teacher Trinity Osborn
Sini Fernandez, Communications Manager

In fall 2022, the Washington Arts Educators Association (WAEA) is recognizing past honorees, and The Bear Creek School wants to jump on the bandwagon.

Fine Arts Department Chair and Upper School studio art teacher Trinity Osborn received the WAEA’s 2016 Art Educator Service Award and 2017 Secondary Art Educator of the Year Award.

Michelle Z. and Trinity Osborn

Michelle Z. '22 and Mrs. Osborn at our 2022 Senior Art Show at Kirkland Arts Center

We caught up with Trinity recently to find out what she has been up to since she was recognized in 2016 and 2017. She shared, “Since receiving the awards, I haven’t waivered from continuing to challenge and grow myself as an art educator to better teach, mentor, and foster my love and passion for art with the students who walk into my classroom each year.

“I continue to consider what I do pure joy and a blessing to delve into a space with high schoolers that reveals something they didn’t expect or hadn’t had the chance to explore—and that is the amazing challenge of creative problem solving and wonderful beauty of creativity.

“I have since furthered my education at the University of Washington, graduating in 2018 from the Natural Scientific Illustrator certificate program. I have also had my artwork hung at the Maryhill Museum of Art, Lynwood Convention Center, and other art galleries in the Northwest. Recently, I completed a 5’ x 3’ large-scale mixed media work of my faithful canine companion, Ronin. I started the piece in the art room alongside my students as inspiration for the project they were working on and completed it in my art studio at home.

WAEA Teachers as Artists 2018 Exhibit at Maryhill Museum of Art

Bear Creek's Upper School art teachers Trinity Osborn's and Brittany Plourde's artwork hung at the 2018 WAEA Teachers as Artists exhibit in the Maryhill Museum of Art.

“As we continue our craft as art educators, I am reminded of this amazing opportunity we have to pour into our students daily the richness of the creative space and various avenues it takes which form and enrich their lives. I am honored to have been recognized amongst such treasured and highly esteemed colleagues and art educators in Washington state.”

A Companion with Character by Trinity Osborn

Ronin and his portrait

About The Bear Creek School

Founded in 1988, in Redmond, Washington, The Bear Creek School provides a challenging academic curriculum taught from a Christian worldview. Our graduates qualify for acceptance into the finest colleges and universities and are prepared to engage the world with wisdom, compassion, and courage.

Celebrating over 30 years and recognized as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School, Bear Creek serves students from the greater Eastside and is housed on two campuses. Redmond Campus on Union Hill serves kindergarten to grade 12 students. Valley Campus, also in Redmond, serves preschool students. The Bear Creek School is accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools and Cognia (formerly AdvancED).

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