Except we were friends on Facebook. So occasionally I would catch glimpses of him with his sweet puppies or traveling with his partner Ryan. He would comment on things I would post and I would comment on things he would post--your everyday basic Facebook pleasantries.
I found out, too, that he and Ryan own a home in Savannah, Georgia. He basically goes to Peter and Janie Brodhead's store almost daily and was so excited to know that we were family.
It was then that I realized how great social media actually is for staying engaged with other artists and arts educators. Right at my fingertips, I am able to watch and learn from other art professionals: worldwide.
Nick is really great at posting about things he is reading or educational considerations. He is a huge advocate for people and animals. He is consistently posting articles, inspirational quotes, and political ponderings concerning the lifelong fight for the rights of all people and the protection of animals. And browsing his MICA digication site reveals some incredibly beautiful and amazing photographs from around Savannah.
So without further ado . . . I now present Mr. Nicholas Wozniak, in his own words.
What is your name and where do you teach? What do you teach? How long have you been teaching? Have you taught the same subject throughout the whole time that you have been teaching?
My name is Nicholas Wozniak and I currently teach at The Park Maitland School and Valencia College, both in Orlando, Florida. I began teaching in 1999. I have always instructed art and photography to K - 12 students and at the college level.
How many students do you work with during a week's time?
I have approximately 300 students total.
- Contemporary magazines
- Recent newspapers
- Postcards, internet images, photographs
- Transparency sheets
- Colored acetate sheets
- Various colors of acrylic/tempera paints
- Various sized paint brushes
- Oil and chalk pastels
- India ink (black)
- Tracing paper
- 11" x 14" heavy backing to mount materials (chip board)
- Glue sticks and Elmer's glue
- Scissors and X-acto knives
- Any other mixed art media available