Born in Connecticut, artist Wendy Robushi has an MFA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in Art Education, with a CA k-12 teaching credential. She has been a dedicated arts educator, developing arts programs and curriculums, and teaching visual creation to children, adults, and young people for over 25 years. She has been an art teacher and artist in residence in over a dozen San Francisco schools, including elementary and middle school, and has taught high school crafts, and ceramics and wheel pottery at Southern Connecticut State University. Wendy has spent many years teaching art to children and adults with autism and learning challenges at the elementary and middle school levels, and at Creativity Explored in Oakland. A prolific muralist, Wendy was a guiding force behind numerous murals designed and painted by artists and students in San Francisco's Bayview Hunters Point.
Wendy's philosophy is to provide a framework and a structure in which the student can find their voice in the creative process. Her curriculum includes lessons in art history and use of materials, including drawing, painting, color theory, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, graphic design, poster and banner making, and mixed media. With her many years as a painter, an undergraduate minor in ceramic art, a graduate degree with emphasis in sculpture, as well as many years working in the graphics arts and display industry, Wendy is comfortable teaching and working in materials and techniques as diverse as mural making, paper mache, masks, ceramics, sculpture, and puppet making. She spent many years as a creative force in the design and construction of the award-winning Chinese New Year Parade float of the Chinese American International School, and has also worked diligently on sets and props for the school Winter Performances, held each year at Herbst Theater.
Since 1989, Wendy has worked out of her studio at Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco, where she has been on the board of the Shipyard Trust for the Arts, and is currently Director of the HP Spring Open Studio, held each year in late spring. Wendy's oil, wax and mixed paintings, have been widely shown in the Bay Area and beyond, and her work is in many permanent and private collections. In 2005, Ms. Robushi was one of 130 artists chosen to participate in "Hearts in San Francisco". Her "Heart" was widely exhibited throughout San Francisco before being auctioned to benefit the SF General Hospital Foundation.