Why do I want to mentor others in art? As I enter the final years of my life, I realize what great educational experiences and blessings in my field God has given me. I want to pour the training I’ve experienced into young people, and hold them to a level of excellence to encourage them in their ability to use their talent for the Lord. The Lord has blessed my teaching at Christian schools, homeschool groups, and conventions all over America.
I graduated from John Brown University and studied sculpting at Southern Illinois University and painting at Metropolitan in Denver. I then went on to get my certification to teach English from the University of Arkansas.
I have taught in public school systems in three states, and had my Indian Arts program rated “outstanding” by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. My students have won state awards and competitions. I have written a variety of curricula, with excellent results. I have also gotten several AP classes approved, so my graduating students can obtain a certificate and earn dual college credit.
My husband and I co-authored many books on art education and teaching art through the core subjects, and after his death, I continued to use the Visual Manna Teaching Method in a wide range of teaching experiences. I have conducted several college workshops, and done art and nature workshops at Bass Pro in Springfield, Missouri, and an art workshop at the well-known Precious Moments. The homeschool company Rainbow Resources carries all my books and has filmed me doing art workshops which are available for free online at their website.
I have always loved writing and have had the opportunity of getting offered a contract from a film studio for a program I developed, so I want encourage young writers as well.
All my lessons incorporate the master works of art, the elements and principles of art, and techniques in a variety of media for students to succeed at and be encouraged by.
I have also had the great honor of teaching for the Landry Academy across the country. I want to encourage students to be bold, be original, and be excellent — to share their gifting with others — and make a living using it.
In conclusion, I believe God has prepared me for this time to share my experience with the fabulous generation coming up, and I am excited to get started!
Sample Lesson for little ones: http://ourhomeschoolforum.com/videos/interactive-lessons/horses-color-art-year-season-2-episode-4/