Aden Wilke

 

E-mail: aden@little-thieves.com

Phone: 706-908-4316

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Professional info
 

Annaleigha (Aden) Wilke is an illustrator from North Carolina, but grew up living all across the East Coast.  A former high school art teacher, they graduated from the University of North Carolina with a BFA in Arts Education and a minor in History, both of which influence their art style and art direction. When the opportunity arose, they moved to Georgia to pursue an MFA in Illustration at Savannah College of Art and Design with the long-term goals of using their growth and skillset to work on YA historical graphic novels, educational materials and building up their identity as a valuable artist.

During their work at SCAD, Aden has explored the depths of LGBT history and identity in their works along with a deeper personal interest in 19th century cultures, histories and mythologies, which has grown to reflect in their art pieces and writing. Their current thesis involves a further insight into the divide of humanity versus monsters and gods, specifically in relation to LGBT folks of the time. Outside of school, they continue to work on learning the production side of stationery at Notepads Your Way and interning at non-profits that focus on children and education, which currently is Aeon for Ocean.

Aden will finish their thesis in August 2019 alongside working on building up their small business and identity at Little Thieves.

Skills

PHOTOSHOP

ILLUSTRATOR

AFTEREFFECTS

CERAMICS

PAINTING

DRAWING

PAINTTOOL SAI

RESEARCH

SET DESIGN

GOOGLE SUITE

MICROSOFT SUITE

PRODUCTION WORK

HEAVY MACHINERY

PC TROUBLESHOOTING

EDITING (APA, CHICAGO, MLA)

Work experience
 

KidsKnowIt Network Illustrator

2018

 

Create teaching aids such as posters, worksheets and informative coloring guides for middle grade students on a variety of topics

Professional collaboration including weekly critiquing and assignment meetings and work with fellow illustrators and head editor

Extensive use of Photoshop and Google Documents

Notepads Your Way

​2017-Current

Trained in a variety of production machines to create a variety of notepad products as well as machine maintenance

Proved my efficiency with both the machines and process

Worked at website maintenance as per requested

Learned how to create and design products from idea to completion

2010 - present
2010 - present

Jacksonville High Art Teacher, Onslow County Schools

​2012-2016

 

Taught Art Levels I­-IV: Beginning to Advanced as well as Ceramics Levels I­III: Beginning to Proficient

Aided students during lessons with one-on-one sessions to help them meet all their criteria for projects and encourage them to do their best

Collaborated with county­wide and district­wide art shows including All-­County Arts, Jacksonville Art Night, and Annual Mall Showing

Participated in grading and edition senior projects and papers afterschool as well as mentored several students with their art-related senior projects

Created lesson plans according to the Common Core standards and adapted them to meet the needs of every new classroom including adjusting for ESL and EC students

Education
 

Savannah School of Art and Design

​2016 - present

Master’s of Fine Arts in Illustration                                                                                            3.75 GPA

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

​2007- 2011

Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts: Art Education with K-12 Certification                                  3.86 GPA

Minor: History                                                                                                                                        

Lloyd International Honors College: International Honors Program

UNCG Teaching Fellows 2007-2011

Study Abroad: Manchester Metropolitan University, Winter 2010