About That Art Teacher:

Hi! My name is Sierra Machado and I am a public school art teacher in Oklahoma. I started That Art Teacher to be my creative space to organize the chaos I have collected in my eleven years of art education.

All art teachers can tell you they have NO TIME FOR THEIR OWN ART. We give away our best ideas and encourage hundreds of young artists, but it’s really hard to make time for your own creative process. That Art Teacher is my way of making intentional time for my own art- even if it’s a ten minute doodle!

Check out my Daily Doodles project on YouTube!

I am using also using this space as a resource and support system for other art teachers. I am committed to posting my best practices, lesson plans and other resources I use in the classroom. Many art teachers are the only ones at their school site, and that can be a lonely and overwhelming place!

About Me:

I am a South Carolina native in my eleventh year of teaching art. My husband is also an art teacher, he is the painting professor at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. He took this job five years ago and we moved our lives out to the wind blown prairie.

I taught high school art for six years at Richland Northeast (shout out Cavs!!!!!) and now I’m at Horizon Intermediate school teaching 5th and 6th graders in Mustang, Oklahoma. (Yes, Mustang is a place not just a car.) I was focused mostly on ceramics as a high school teacher and in college, but I have found oil painting landscapes to be my most recent favorite way to create art. (Maybe the painter husband had an influence on me?) I’m also in love with watercolor illustrations and making little paintings for family members as an outlet for quick creativity.

Although I miss my family in South Carolina terribly, I have a beautiful life here in Oklahoma with our German Shepherd named Bird, Puma our energetic black cat, my talented husband and my laid back in-laws. I’m lucky to be at a supportive school that focuses on arts integration and my Okie coworkers have embraced my quirky and liberal ways with open arms.

Follow me as I share my classroom and art on That Art Teacher!