Barbara Ross

Barbara Ross


Who Am I?

I am a professional artist and teacher with a slightly quirky imagination and a strong interest in protecting the environment. After graduating from Stanford, I taught and tutored children in grades 4-9 in Manhattan, San Francisco, and Carbondale, CO. While married and living in Cambridge, MA, I tutored adults and children and took a wide variety of art classes, including a three-year Color and Design course.
Over a five-year period, I focused on this “Fooling With Mother Nature” series, combining the joy of creating thought-provoking, surreal scenes with humor and important environmental messages.
The Cambridge Arts Council awarded me an exhibition of the series and a grant to make portable copies of my pastel paintings to carry into the public schools. I used the images to stimulate conversation about ways man damages nature and what we can do to help. It was the first stage of an exciting FREE “Fooling with Mother Nature” program I am offering today on this FWMN website.

Why Am I Doing This?

The program has been highly successful on both the East and West Coasts. Enthusiastic classroom reactions have confirmed my belief that my artwork can be an effective teaching tool. Entirely self-funded, this program is both educational and fun.  It is my effort to get the next generation deeply involved in saving Planet Earth.

Contact Barbara

Special Thanks To
Cambridge Arts
Teacher and Student Comments
I am a fellow artist who has known Barbara and been witness to her considerable talent for many years. I have always admired her ability to present a sophisticated and frequently humorous environmental message with wit and skill. By generously making these beautiful environmental paintings available to school children, she hopes to inspire young activists to preserve and protect “Mother Earth.
Suzanne LingemanArtist / Board Member. Nantucket Artist Association
"Oh, no! This will probably be boring." "Wait. These are interesting!" "That was cool!" "I want to buy one of those paintings!"
Henry5th Grade Student
What was useful:  Seeing a new type of art.  Exposing the students to it.  I think my students have a good understanding, but seeing it this way, they expanded their thinking and had great questions and observations! What were project’s strengths:  The pictures!!  I loved it!!  Barbara you were great!! Would you come to my new school next year?
Pamela McK.5/6th Grade Teacher, Harrington School, Cambridge
Your wonderful artistry fit the kids’ sense of art and wit, as well as our study of the environment and ecology.  Ecology and environmental studies are part of the Cambridge School Department’s science curriculum, so it was a thrill to see a novel application of some of the concepts we were studying displayed through fine art.  I’d like to request a repeat performance.
Tony C.6th Grade Teacher, Graham and Parks Alternative Public School in Cambridge
Your art tells a message hidden inside each painting.  I like that you use paintings to teach a lesson.  The paintings are thoughtful and important.
Sarah4th Grade Student
You wanted to show things that happen to the environment when people just get unruly and do whatever they want.
Jemmima4th Grade Student

2 Comment(s)

  • by Eleanore Gleba Posted July 14, 2019 4:14 pm

    Barbara – I love the concept of your program! Thank you for your vision and for providing this “course” for free to students and teachers.

    • by Barbara Ross Posted August 18, 2019 10:38 pm

      Eleanore, I was so pleased to receive this thoughtful message. Are you an educator? Did you just come upon this site by accident. This website has really pulled together recently and I’m ready to “launch” it — just beginning to send it to friends and organizations. I would welcome any suggestions you have. Best wishes to you, Barbara

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