Sue Collins – Resume


Relocation from Massachusetts to the San Francisco Bay Area has inspired me to explore my local environments and capture their unique qualities through Plein Air painting and color photography. I work in oils, oil pastels, watercolors, color photography and iPad drawing apps.

Shows and Awards

Bay Area Life 2018 – Valley Art Gallery Walnut Creek – oil painting accepted – May 2018

Tiny Gems IV Show – Arts Benicia, oil painting accepted –  December 2017

Well Seasoned – Selected Artists from the El Cerrito Art Association December 6- January 25, 2015

Merchant Award Winners Show – Mira Vista Golf Club October 2014

Walnut Creek Centennial Plein Air PaintOut & Valley Arts Gallery Show –  June 21-28 2014.

El Cerrito Art Association Annual October Shows: Participation in Art Shows 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017:

2nd Place Ribbon in Oil Painting Category plus Brauwer Memorial Award and Honorable Mention Ribbon in Pastel – 2017

3 Merchant Awards for a color photograph, and 2 oil paintings – 2015

Merchant Award for Digital Drawing – 2014

3rd Place Ribbon in the Oil Painting Category – 2013


Point Reyes Pastel Workshop with Bill Cone, September 2017

Contra Costa College – Adult Figure Drawing Class – 2013 – Present

Richmond Art Center Oil Painting Class with Alan Tarbell, Ned Axhelm – Winter 2012, Winter 2014

Independant Plein Air class with Alan Tarbell – Spring – Winter 2013 – 2014

Orinda Adult Education Plein Air Classes with John Finger Spring 2012 – Spring 2013

Group Membership

El Cerrito Art Association

        Web Master for association blog/web page – 2012-2017

        El Cerrito Art Association Plein Air Group – 2011 – Present

East Bay Plein Air Meetup Group – Spring 2013 – Present

S F Sketchers – Weekly sketching in and around San Francisco

Nature Journal Club – monthly trips to do nature sketches and monthly lectures and instruction with John Muir Laws

Da Group – weekly paintouts in the Benicia, Martinez area

East Bay Landscape Painters – weekly paintouts in the East Bay

Working Life before Retirement

Integration Technology Specialist (19942011 Retired)

Concord Public Schools, Concord, MA

Brookline Public Schools, Brookline, MA

Lexington Public Schools, Lexington, MA

Bedford Public Schools, Bedford, MA 01730

  • Work with and train teachers to develop technology integrated lessons
  • Write and facilitate online staff development classes for EDCO Collaborative using Moodle software
  • Write and implement local Grants for equipment and training
  • Manage and maintain the use of a 26 station, networked Mac Computer Lab
  • Write and Facilitate online classes through EDC’s EdTechLeaders Online offerings
  • Model curriculum/software instruction in classrooms using wireless iBook mobile lab
  • Adjunct Faculty for Online Teaching

Framingham State College, MA ( 2001 – present)

Worcester State College, MA ( 2003 – present)

Mother and Home Manager  (July 1984 – September 1994)

  • Care and maintenance of home and family.

Production Coordinator  (1983-1984)

Business and Professional Software, Inc., Cambridge, MA 

  • Design and produce packaging and user manuals for several new software products including Overhead Express and Art Department. Hire and supervise freelance designers and supervise documentation printing

Art Director  (1981-1983)

New MediCo Associates, Inc., Boston, MA  

  • Designer and photographer for promotional materials for 20 Health Care Facilities.

Graphic Designer and Production Manager  (1979-1981)

Freelance, Winchester, MA

  • Design, photography, mechanicals for clients including; MIT Press Journals, Mass Hospital School

Art Teacher – Elementary Specialist  (1973-1980)

Peabody Public Schools, Peabody MA

  • Plan and teach curriculum for art lessons in 45 different classrooms of 2 schools, classes include K – 6th,  multi-handicapped, emotionally handicapped and learning disabled.
  • Provide consultation and training to classroom teachers for integrated art activities.
  • Supervise student teachers.  Plan art supply budget for 2 schools. Tenure 6/76.

Elementary School Classroom Teacher  (1970-1973)

San Francisco Public Schools


Post Graduate

Antioch University – Certificate in Ed. Technology and Online Learning 2004

Framingham State College – Certificate in Instructional Technology 2004

Massachusetts College of Art – Masters Degree in Art Education

San Francisco State College – CA Teaching Credential


University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin – B.A. in Art History (honors) 

L’Accademia Di Belle Arti, Florence, Italy – 1 year certificate of attendance

Massachusetts Certification

Integration Technology Specialist  (All) 2016

Elementary K-8 (2016)

Art /Visual Art (K-12) (2016)