Art is a great tool that can be used to increase confidence, improve one's self-image, and allow for a new form of expression and communication.
Thus, Accessible Art is committed to creating customized art programs and lessons for individuals with unique challenges ranging from autism to other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Whether working on curriculum based one-on-one sessions, special events, or group workshops, Accessible Art brings the lessons, supplies, and creativity to you!
Accessible Art's main goal for the near future is to open a community-based art studio and gallery program for artists with special needs. We will offer our artists a professional and safe studio environment with a supportive staff that will assist each artist to accomplish their creative goals.
Accessible Art will be a place where artists can come to learn, work, and socialize alongside professional artists from the Dallas community. We will hold monthly art shows where our artists will have the opportunity to sell and earn a commission from their work. We will also offer professional guidance to our artists, and connect them to the local art community.
As this plan is not yet a reality, I will announce further plans and information once it becomes available.
Sharon Malka Hartman, the owner of Accessible Art, has over 10 years of experience working in the fields of art and special education. She has a Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art and a Master's Degree in Special Education from the University of Texas.
During her time in Austin, she made it an obligation to gain as much experience in as many different mediums as possible. She is proficient in oil painting, watercolors, acrylic paints, knitting, print making, photography, video, glass making, sculpture, jewelry making and many more.
Ms. Hartman took advantage of the many opportunities presented to her in the field of art by volunteering and teaching art lessons through organizations such as Very Special Arts Texas, Marbridge Residential Living Facility, and the Austin State School. In 2009, she became an art instructor at the Arc of the Arts studio and gallery for artists with developmental and intellectual disabilities. There she worked for over 3 years developing an art curriculum and designing a financial literacy program.
In 2012, she decided to further her education, and spent the next year and a half to accomplish a Master's in Special Education with a Specialization in Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was honored the title of Summa Cum Laude.
Again, Sharon made it her main operative to gain as much knowledge about the special education field as possible. She worked for the prestigious Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) clinic, Central Texas Autism Center (CTAC), as a clinical and in-home Behavioral Technician throughout her time in graduate school and after. At CTAC, she became adept at creating and implementing behavioral intervention plans for her clients with autism.
After 8 years in Austin, it was finally time to bring everything she had learned back home to the Dallas area. With the support of her family and friends, she is excited to embark on the adventures that lie ahead.
"I look forward to working with you and I am excited to spread creativity!"
- Sharon Malka Hartman
Please feel free to email her directly for a full resume of her past experiences and references.