Welcome, I am James Jared Taylor but students call me Mr. T. I have been teaching art for 35 years in New Jersey and California. I am a practicing artist and I own a house and studio in Desert Hot Springs, California.
For the past forty years, I have been creating artworks in all types of media including painting, printmaking, drawing, and sculpture in steel and bronze. My art is in many public and private collections around the world. I came to Califoria in 1988 to run a special sculpture program and teach at the College of the Desert. I have taught at California State University- San Bernardino and at two high schools in Palm Springs Unified School District. Over the years, I have served on various committees for Arts Education including being on committee that developed the CSET for Visual Arts teachers with the California Department of Education and the Standards Focus Group for the revision if the California Content Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts.
At Chaparral High School, I have taught all the Visual Arts courses including Ceramics. In 2007, I developed and wrote the course outline for the Beginning Three Dimensional Arts Class for the school. Luckily, I have a gigantic classroom so students can create artwork in three dimensions. (We make big messes, too.) I also advise the Puma Culinary Club and the Puma Drawing Club. My students, over the years, have created public sculptures and the Puma tile mural for the campus. Each spring, we have our Annual Art Show exhibting work by students and staff along with food created by the members of the Culinary Club.
Outside of teaching and creating art, my girlfriend and I hike, surf, and go back country skiing We also love to cook. I have been alpine skiing for fifty years and a yoga practitioner for thirty years. My real passion is playing guitar in various jazz groups. I have over 2000 jazz albums on CD and LP.
Interesting fact: In 2012, I flew to Paris and rode the TGV train to the south of France. The next day, I put on my backpack and walked over the Pyrenees Mountains into Spain through a gate in a wire fence. The only "beings" guarding the border were some wild horses. I kept walking beyond that gate on a spritual journey across Northern Spain for 500 miles (Yes, I walked for 500 miles) on the Camino de Santiago- the ancient pilgrimage route to the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela where the reliquary containing the remains of St. James (my namesake) lies in the crypt.
As we say on the Camino: Buen Camino! Ultreia! (Good way! Onward!)