About the instructor, Helen Rindsberg


My name is Helen Rindsberg. I have been a teacher and administrator in Cincinnati since 1972. Below is my personal profile:

I love art and have loved art since I was about four years old. My goal is to help you enjoy it, too. I took my first art courses at the Cincinnati Art Museum beginning when I was nine years old. My art teacher at McAuley High School was terrific and I was blessed to be able to take art courses all four years there. About my sophomore year in high school, I knew that I wanted to be an art teacher. My training was at the University of Cincinnati where I earned Bachelors (1971) and Masters (1972) of Fine Arts in Art Education. I worked my way through college as a library clerk and a photographer's assistant. I was on the UC Concert Committee and created posters and took photographs of concerts and dance performances.

I taught art in junior high school for eight years then took a little detour in my career to teach economics and computer literacy before becoming an administrator. I retired as an assistant principal in 2002. But I'm back now to my first love, teaching! From 2002 - 2005 I taught art history and studio art in a special program for high school students who had academic and personal problems. I was an adjunct professor at Mount Saint Joseph University from 2006 - 2013. I've taught basic and advanced photography in the summer enrichment program at Ursuline Academy since 2005.

My chosen media are photography and drawing. I built my own darkroom when I was 17, taught photography as a graduate assistant and married a photographer. My photography work since college has been on our trips around the Eastern U. S., on our trips to Japan and nature wherever I find it. I never worked as a professional photographer, but I did sell some of my work through an art gallery. I always took photos of my students and many special projects. I am taking photographys to illustrate the book that I am writing about Japanese culture and art history.

My husband and I have traveled to Japan 15 times, including three times with students from Mount Saint Joseph. I have many beautiful images of the Japanese people, their temples, festivals and landscapes. I also collect Japanese toys and kimonos, love Japanese gardens, and have over 200 books on Japanese art and culture. The period I love the most is the Edo Period, from 1605 - 1868 and my favorite medium from this time is the woodblock print. Since 1999 I've played traditional Japanese drums with Cincinnati Dayton Taiko; we perform around the Tri-State at festivals and private events.

I have been a docent at the Cincinnati Art Museum since 2004 and lead about 50 tours a year. I thoroughly enjoy touring school groups from grades 2 - 12, college students, teachers and adults. I am also on the committee to train the docents for upcoming special exhibits.

My husband's photography business evolved into software development. We married in 1972 and have no biological children. Our "kids" are the Japanese college students who have lived with us since 1989. They've stayed from one to five years. Our 19th student is with us in Spring 2016 and he is a student at UC Blue Ash. We're very close to them and they call us their American parents. We are proud to be the "American Grandparents" of their 19 children.

I grew up in College Hill and we have lived in Fairview since 1977 (near UC). I relax by gardening, walking and yes, visiting art museums.

Helen Rindsberg
381-0234 from 7 - 10 PM



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