My name is Tamara Draper and I have lived in western Michigan my whole life. I have taught visual arts classes for Zeeland Public Schools for 25 years, half at the high school and half at the middle school. About 11 years ago, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease which has really thrown my life into a crazy whirlwind of change. My artwork has taken many turns but currently what I enjoy the most is drawing and glass mosaic work. I find that art is very therapeutic. This year I have decided to work in collaboration with my students at Zeeland Creekside Middle School. The students have volunteered their time and energy to creating this. Currently there are 75 students who have helped. The theme we have decided on was a tribute to our military forces. This is currently an in progress piece. We will have 4 panels, 1 each for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. Using similar design elements on each panel will allow these 4 stained glass mosaics to be viewed together or potentially be separated. We hope each viewer is able to walk away from our entry with many thoughts or memories.
Tamara's ArtPrize Entries
These are Tamara's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Tamara's Past Work
These are images of past work that Tamara has done.