Q&A with Teresa Prichard, Cary Art Teacher


Cary, NC — I talked to Green Hope High School art teacher Teresa Prichard to learn more about the art she has on display right now at the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham‘s Art Educators Appreciation Show (up now through April 20, 2015).

Art Educators Appreciation Show

As an art teacher, Teresa Prichard spends her days mentoring students to help them unlock their talents and creativity. Right now, with the 4th annual Art Educators Exhibit, the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham is giving Prichard and other educators a chance to spotlight their own work.

The Art Institute, or AiRD, is located in Durham on the striking American Tobacco campus. Now through Monday, April 20, 2015, anyone can stop by the institute to view both Prichard’s artwork and the artwork of other educators. Prichard’s addition to the show is called “Stewart.”

Q&A with Teresa Prichard

I talked with Prichard to learn more about “Stewart” and about what it’s like being an art teacher at Green Hope High School.

Q: What classes do you teach at Green Hope?

A: Visual Arts I, II, & III. I am also the Art and Photography Club advisor.

Teresa Prichard

Stewart by Teresa Prichard

Q: Tell me about your piece in the Art Educators’ Exhibition.

A: I used acrylic paint to create “Stewart.” I was inspired by my daughter Kelsey’s cat because of its beautiful gray color and soft coat. The cat was, also, resting on the edge of our brown suede couch, so the textures and colors just worked well together.

Q: Is this the first time that your work has been in the exhibit?

A: This is the first time I entered my work in the teacher exhibit. Normally, it seems there is not enough time in the day to accomplish everything I want to do, but I made a special effort to make sure I entered a work this year.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to add?

A: I can honestly say that I love my job and my students. I have amazingly talented students who create an impressive body of work in art class. Each day my students impress me with their work ethic and creativity.

Teresa Prichard

Right now, Teresa’s students are working with GHHS carpentry students to create “Letterland” characters. She told me that “they’re always up to something!”


Green Hope art students hard at work.

See the Exhibit

Stop by the Art Institute now through Monday, April 20, 2015 to see “Stewart” and other work from local art educators. AiRD is located at:

410 Blackwell Street, Suite 200, Durham


Story by Jessica Patrick. Lead photo by Ravinder M A. Additional photos by Teresa Prichard.