Carmen Franco

Carmen Franco

Ceramics - Crafts - Illustration - Mixed Media - Painting - Photography - Printmaking - Sculpture - Visual Arts - Visual Arts Instructor - Batik

   4771 Bridle Pass Drive, Colorado Springs, CO, 80922

I paint from my life experiences and for fulfillment. It is in these paintings that I expose part of my soul into who I am and what I believe. Painting is the sheer satisfaction of knowing that I can. It is the essence of my being and being able to have the ability to create. It is the whole of who I am.

I have spent over 27 years teaching art in the public high school system. Prior to that time I worked as a commercial artist for different corporations available to me. I have also managed to be awarded two Masters of Arts degrees and a Bachelors of Art in Art. I have entered local and national shows in an effort to display my works at a national level. I often renew my art with traveling and observance of art through the eyes of other cultures. It always amazes me at the complete diversity in style and ideas that are often presented at these times and the ability of mankind itself.

I am currently retired from teaching and in its place I work instead to diligently develop my art work.


B.A. Art - Regis University, Commercial Art/Graphics, 1985

M.A. Curriculum/Instruction - UCD, Technology, 1995

M.A. Library - UCD, 2000

Professional Experience

Colorado Springs School District 11, Palmer High/Doherty, Art Teacher; Colorado Springs School District 11, Coronado High School, LTE (Library Technology Educator),; Cheyenne Mt. School High School District 12, Art Teacher; Falcon High School District 49, Art Teacher; Technology Coordinator/Trainer /Library Teacher; Oil Painter and watercolorist; Ford Aerospace; B.S.C.S. Science book illustrator; Freelance Artist; TRW; Springs Magazine; Steppin Out Magazine; United Phone Book Advertisers, Art Manager

Professional Growth

Colorado Springs Art Guild, Board of Directors Secretary; Pikes Peak Watercolor Society; Ted Nuttle Workshop  2015; YPAE School Art Exhibits s 2010 -2012; Colorado Art Education Association  2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014; Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator; Curriculum Development; 21st Century Teacher Training and Development, 2007-2009; Continuous Classroom Improvement, 2006; Microsoft Front Page, 2004, 2006; Instructional Development and Production, 2003; Adobe CS3/5; Microsoft Publisher; Microsoft Office; Microsoft Excel; Front Page; Art Department Chair; Tom Owen Workshop; Nancy Baldrica Workshop; Martha Mann private study; Taos Watercolor Workshop:  Adams State, 2000; Art Curriculum Targets, 1999 –2000; Digital Images in Photoshop, 2000; U.N.C. Vapor Glazing: 1999; District #12, Art Committee: 1998-99; LTE Technology Development Committee; Advanced Ceramics Courses:  Vapor Glazing; Archeo/ceramics: Anasazi Pottery. Gregory Wood, UNC. 1998; Wheel Throwing 1998


Pikes Peak Watercolor Society; Colorado Springs Art Guild; Bridge Gallery; Zip Gallery, Denver; Gilpin Center for the Arts; Garden Artists, 1990-present; Mountain Plains Library Association Member, 2003-2004; Wyoming Watercolor Society, 2002; Pikes Peak Watercolor Society, 2002, 2003, 2004; CAEA - National Art Education Association, 1995-2002, 2009 - present; CTEA Colorado Technology Education Association, 1995,1996, 1997; Graphic Artists Guild, 1985, 1986, 1987,2016