About Us

Meet your art teacher, Miss Colleen

Art has always been an important part of my life. I graduated from Oklahoma State U with a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in 1990. I then worked as a graphic designer until our first daughter was born. Now art had become a part of who I was as a mother. I have always encouraged art in my home and you can often find my children with sketch pad and pencil in hand.

Among my friends, I soon began to realize how nervous and unsure most of them were of the world of art--mostly the mess it may leave in the house. So, over the years, I have had countless children in my home to share in the process of painting, drawing and crafting. It is a joy to see the artistic side of any child come to life. It may be even more exciting to see the parent realize this in their own children.

Colleen's Thoughts on Art

Most people don't wake up one morning to discover they are an artist. Nor do most people wake up to discover they can play the piano. I believe that similar to playing an instrument, drawing and painting require instruction. 

Long ago men and women would apprentice under a master artist and copy their works. After a while some masters would have the apprentice assist them in their commissions. Eventually, the apprentice would try his hand at his own masterpiece. Copying the works of the masters can teach the young artist techniques which will lead them to their own style.

In addition to mimicking the masters, seeing the world as a series of shapes makes anything a subject matter for a great piece of artwork. This is what I hope to pass on to the students in camp.