Maggie Boyajian Courtis

I grew up on a farm in Selma California. As a child I spent evenings creating. Leisure time was drawing, painting, cooking, baking, canning, sewing, embroidering, crocheting, and doing any and all types of crafts available to me. Belonging to 4-H was an important vehicle for learning home arts and public speaking.

My love of the arts never waned. I studied various art forms throughout high school and college and was fascinated as I learned about the history of art throughout the ages. I have continued to study and dabble in a wide range of artistic media throughout my adult life, periodically working in art or design.

In 2020 I began developing Scarab Creative Arts. I envisioned it as a beautiful space, a lovely place where a core group of artists could work together, sharing studio space, having storage for their supplies, and having a gift shop to market their creations. Adding a gallery and classroom gave Scarab the ability to bring in more artists from the community to show their work and share their knowledge.

 

I am enjoying the wonderful community at Scarab and the opportunity to teach and work on my arts. I continue to learn from the talented artists around me each day and from continuing my education.

Education

1978

     Bachelors of Arts, Art cum laude  

     California State University, Fresno

1983

     Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

     Art Emphasis

     California State University, Fresno

1980 - Present

     Workshops and Continuing Education

          Drawing

          Painting

          Silk Painting 

          Glass

1995 - Present

     Ikebana

          Sylvia Owens

          Satomi Hiyama

2008-2013

     Face and Body Painting Training

          

September, 2021

     Imagery on Stained Glass

     Penland School of Crafts

     Penland, North Carolina

          Joseph Cavalieri

          

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Professional Experience

1978 - 1980        

     Stained Glass Artisan

     Scarab Glass Works

     Fresno, CA

2000 - 2005

     Interior and Garden Design

     Graphic Art

2008 - 2011

     Visual Arts Director

         Set Design

         Special Effects Makeup

         Costumes  

     Fright Night Scream Park

     Clovis, CA

2011 - 2012

     Visual Arts Director

          Set Design

          Special Effects Makeup

          Costumes

     5th Realm

     Clovis, CA

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Teaching Experience

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1979 

     Clovis Adult School

          Adult Stained Glass, Children's Art

1986

     Fresno Chaffee Zoo

          Children's Science and Arts

1986

     Fresno Discovery Center

          Children's Science and Arts

1987-1992

     Central Unified Schools

          Junior High School, 5-6th combination

1995-2020

     Fresno County Master Gardeners Association

          Integrated Pest Management

          Landscape Design, Edible Landscaping

          Vegetable Gardening Topics

2021

     Scarab Creative Arts

          Stained Glass

          Ceramics

          Ikebana

          Special Effects Makeup

          Drawing

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Memberships

Fresno Art Museum

San Joaquin Clay and Glass Association

San Joaquin Potters Guild

Fresno Fiber Guild

Fowler Ikebana Club

Exhibitions

Clay

2013              Exhibiting Artist

                      Clay Hand Studios Gallery 

                      Fresno, CA

2014-2015     Exhibiting Artist

                      Echo Studio and Gallery

                      Fresno, CA

2019              Student Exhibition (Juried)

                      Fresno City College                                     Art Space Gallery

                      Fresno CA

Ikebana

May, 2017     Exhibiting Artist

                      Fowler Ikebana Club

                      Spring Ikebana Show

May, 2018     Exhibiting Artist

                      Fowler Ikebana Club

                      Spring Ikebana Show

May, 2019      Exhibiting Artist

                      Fowler Ikebana Club

                      Spring Ikebana Show

Ceramics Education

2012-2013 

August - September 2013

October- November 2013

January 2014

January 2014

October 2014

May 2016

May 2016

August 2016

September - October 2016

October 2016

February 2017

February 2017

May 2017

August 2017

January - May 2017

February 2018

May 2018

June 2018

August 2018

October 2018

Spring Semester 2019

April 2019

June 2019

February 2021

Beginning Wheel

Hand Building

Glaze Basics

Leopard Shino

Kiln Basics

Surface Design using Mayco Products

Glazing

Surface Decoration

Surface Decoration

Glaze Intensive

Sager Firing

Hand Building

Throwing and Glazing

Hand Building Tips and Tricks

Majolica Painting

Hand Building

Ceramics Lecture and Demonstration

Nesting Bowls

Surface Decoration

Using Nature's Patterns to Decorate

Waterslide Decals

Ceramics

Human Form Lecture and Demonstration

Glazes

Image Transfer Workshop

Craig Easter

David Hicks

David Hicks

Tom Coleman

Ritsuko

Laura Fraedrich

Steven Hill

Barrie Burney

Kristen Kieffer

Annie Chrietzberg

Anthony Rollins

Sara Gregory

Steven Hill

Annie Chrietzberg

Laurie Curtis

Dawn Hart

Josh DeWeese

Whitney Smith

Hsin Chuen Lin

Ben Carter

Nathan Ring

Tim Hernandez

Tip Toland

Gwendolyn Yoppolo

Carol Gouthro

Clay Mix, Fresno, CA

Clay Mix, Fresno, CA

Clay Mix, Fresno, CA

Geil, Huntington Beach, CA

Clay Mix, Fresno, CA

Brush & Easel, Fresno, CA

Krueger Pottery, St. Louis MO

Fresno, CA

Penland School of Arts, South Carolina

Virtual

Higher Fire Clay, San Jose, CA

Sara Gregory Studio, Berkley, CA

Higher Fire Clay, San Jose CA

Virtual

Laurie Curtis Gallery, Point Reyes, CA

Clay Mix, Fresno, CA

Clay Mix, Fresno, CA

Potter's Studio, Berkley, CA

Potter's Studio, Berkley, CA

Penland School of Arts, South Carolina

Leslie's Ceramics, Richmond, CA

Fresno City College

Clay Mix, Fresno, CA

Idyllwild Arts, Idyllwild, CA

Virtual