Karen La Du is available for classroom teaching and private instruction.
Contact Karen at 732-864-5269 or

 ART PROFESSIONAL: Educator/Design Supervisor/Fine Artist
Accomplished professional with extensive experience overseeing all aspects of teaching and program development for the visual arts in one on one and group settings. Develops innovative programs designed to expand student horizons and integrates timely topics in the study of all technical and historical aspects of the fine arts, linguistics, and yoga. Superior written and oral communication skills and a keen ability to interact with broad populations including senior management/administration, students of all ages and abilities, parents, educators and private clients. Utilizes fine arts background and expertise to create exhibits, workshops and merchandise presentations. Ability to multi task a diversity of duties while working under pressure in a fast paced, self motivated environment. Achieves maximum utilization of human and financial resources through proactive budgeting, policy and procedure development and resource allocation.

Curriculum Design • Fine Arts Instruction • Product Development
Yoga Instruction • Exhibit Design • Writing/Editing
Visual Art Production • Program Coordination • Visual Merchandising
Workshop Presentation

Art Educator
• Achieves highest potential through effective evaluation of students’ abilities, interests, and talents
• Teaches classes and presents lectures/workshops statewide
• Participates in related continuing education to keep methodology & content timely
• Develops curricula and implements plans to improve student achievement
• Successfully interacts with administration/support staff & parents to further student achievement

Emma Havens Young Elementary School, Brick, NJ; 2008-Present
Pope John XXIII Regional Catholic School, Ocean, NJ; 2005-2009, 1995-1999
Chrismont Montessori Academy, Belmar, NJ; 2000-2006
Newark Museum, Newark, NJ; 1993-1995
Self Employed; 1993-Present

Art/Enrichment Program Director
• Plans course content/methods of presentation for diverse abilities/ages
• Promotes student involvement in classroom & extracurricular activities
• Works with local, state/national organizations to promote the fine arts
• Incorporates other disciplines in teaching art
• Networks with administration/clients to utilize facilities/budgets to the highest standards

St. Peter Elementary School, Point Pleasant, NJ; 2005-2007
Pope John XXIII Regional Catholic School, Ocean, NJ; 2005-2009
St. Rose Elementary School, Belmar, NJ; 2004-2006
M. Thompson Kravetz Gallery, Bay Head, NJ; 1993-1997

Yoga Instructor
• Instructed learning disabled/behaviorally challenged youth
• Worked side by side with the clinical team to monitor students’ progress
• Participates in state and national workshops to keep skills/methods current
• Assesses individual clients’ needs and prepares appropriate training plans
• Evaluates clients progress with written reviews
• Incorporates the study of fine art through the movement of yoga

Rugby School at Woodfield, Wall, NJ; 2006-2008
Owner: Yoga Durga Studio, Asbury Park, NJ; 2006-2008
Self Employed; 2005-Present

• Article accepted for publication - SchoolArts magazine; 2007
• Article pending publication - SchoolArts magazine; 2009
• Aides students with portfolio preparation for acceptance at universities/arts high schools
• Author: Looking at Art in a Modern Way; 2001
• Author/Director/Producer-- Yoga: Art in Motion; 2001-2003
• Original Art Lesson Workshop presentations: Art Educators of New Jersey (AENJ); 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

• Owner of Yoga Durga, a freelance art and yoga business dedicated to the education and appreciation of the fine arts, the science of yoga and the promotion of sustainable, compassionate consumerism.
• Yoga Instructor for groups and private clients
• Party design and facilitation for all ages
• Visual Merchandising Manager for high end national retailers
• Yoga: Art in Motion Workshops: Monmouth Festival of the Arts/Algonquin Arts Theatre; 2001-2008
• Artist in Residence: Algonquin Arts Theatre; 2004-2007

M.F.A. Ed., Studio Concentration: Printmaking – Kean University, Union, NJ
B.A., Major: French Minor: Fine Art – University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
New Jersey State Certified Teacher: Art & Elementary Education
Certified Yoga Instructor: 1,000 plus hours experience/500 Hour Training
Praxis Certification: French Content Knowledge

Solo Shows: Yoga Durga Studio • Great Pacific Gallery • OM BABY Studio • LRV Gallery
M. Thompson Kravetz Gallery • The Office of Dr. Richard J. Lewis • Ocean County Library • Surf Taco

Group Shows: Art Educators of NJ: State Convention - Palette Parade
Ocean County Artist’s Guild • Christmas at the Inns – Bay Head • Move N Art
Art in the Park – Bay Head & Long Branch • LBI Institute for the Arts • Tri City Arts Tour – Asbury Park


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