Alysia Raycraft is a painter and teacher of Visual Art Studies. She currently lives and works in Austin, Texas, having begun her Art and Design Career, and later Teaching Career both in NYC. Alysia taught in the NYC Public School system while earning an MSEd in Special and General Education from Bank Street Graduate School of Education. Her thesis was anchored in Developing Curriculum as an Artist Views Arts Integration into General Education, with Innovation and Social Emotional Learning methods, keeping ALL Learning styles in mind to Develop the Unique Voices of Young Learners, Individual Self Awareness and Community Building Through Public Access to Education.
She has her MFA in Costume Design from NYU and worked as a costume designer and wardrobe professional for both film, television and theatre until transitioning to Full Time Educator. After receiving her MFA in Costume Design from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts as well as an Artist in Residency in Costume Design with The New York City Ballet, she built a career that was one of working on both coasts from Los Angeles to New York, making Art and Creating Costumes for Various Production Companies.
Alysia was a part of the puppet maintenance team for the original Broadway production of The Lion King, NY, and prior to that was the Makeup and Wardrobe Supervisor for Blue Man Group, NY. She was the Costume Designer for the NBC Universal Television Series, "The Office" and enthusiastically lent her name and work to the "Office Ladies" Book and Podcast.
The classrooms that Ms. Raycraft creates are inspired by the life of being a traveling artist, repeatedly and quickly having to set up and create SAFE SPACES for creating the art.
This philosophy is one that she employs for creating ROOMS for Study with Students- STUDIOS as SAFE LEARNING SPACES for Visual Art Studies. She is currently working with grades 5 and 6, teaching in Austin, Tx.
Her work has come full circle, landing her back where she earned her BFA in Painting and Sculpture from the University of Texas at Austin with Classical Studies of Art and Art History honed in both Austin and UT Italy.
She began her Visual Art and Design career by obtaining an Associates of Applied Science in Textile Surface Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology with additional studies in the Fashion Design Fields, working in the Fashion District as both an Originals Designer and Illustrator In House and Freelance for various 6th and 7th ave Textile Manufacturers and Fashion Design Corporations. She maintains her family lineage of work in Humanitarian Causes, Political Philosophies of Global Awareness, Care of ALL Creatures, and love of the Arts, Culture and the Education Sciences.