Visual Art Educator
Zheyu (Zoe) Zhou is a proficient art teacher, evaluated by Boston Public Schools, and currently teaches art at 101 Art Studio. Zhou has been an art educator in the United States and China for eight years, collectively. She received her BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She continued her studies at Boston University (BU) where she earned a Master of Art Education (MFA) in Studio Teaching. Zhou’s teaching philosophy is greatly influenced by her educational background and experiences as an immigrant. Her teaching style is attractive, fun, and meditative. In her art classes, she encourages self-expression, openness, diversity, patience, creativity, and cultural awareness.
Zhou hopes to spread her love and respect for art to more people in the Greater Boston through teaching. She had collaborated and taught art lessons at Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL), Chung Wah Academy, Chelsea High School, and the Boston University Portfolio Program. In 2017, she gave a presentation at Boston College to raise fund to support students at Josiah Quincy Elementary School for their art projects. Zhou is most excited and goes above and beyond when it comes to exhibiting her students’ artworks to the Boston community. In addition, she collaborates with the PaoArt Center, a professional art gallery, to bring the children’s artworks alive.
As an artist, Zhou had done many solo and group shows in the U.S. and China. Zhou is particularly in fond of meditating while painting. For her, meditating combined with painting releases her from the stress of her long-day work. She often thinks about this shifting space in her mind when working on her art pieces. Space is untouchable; space is colorful. Space could be soft. Space could dance. She invites her students to feel the beauty and serenity just as she feels from making art. Zhou encourages students to experience the joy of colors — supported by self-exploration and creativity.