ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS and our TEACHING PHILOSOPHY AND STANDARDS.
Our mission is to promote and provide fine arts opportunities for youth and families in the community as well as oversee the Fine Arts Center and its World of Puppetry Museum. Our ultimate goal is to add to quality of life and sense of community by offering a variety of arts experiences that offer inspiration, teach skills, promote leadership, and allow artists a voice. Giving local artists a chance to teach and share their knowledge and interests with those around them, has been an awesome experience and community builder for us. Whenever possible we also look for ways for young artists to enlighten the lives of those around them.
Last but not least we want to always encourage respect, leadership, and positive interaction for our participants within the community, especially for our youth.
Classes are chosen according to input from the community. Instructors are chosen according to their experience, educational background, and success in teaching.
1. Instructors are interviewed for their educational background and the knowledge of the discipline they are being asked to teach. Teaching or college arts education and successful arts experience are a priority.
2. Communities that Care guide lines are used. Instructors are asked to:
a. Assess the starting level of students, and review goals ( yours and theirs),
b. State the related arts concepts they are covering (to help students understand the concepts and skills being taught),
c. Point out important skills and concepts being learned.
d. Help provide a fun and non threatening, learning environment.
e. Give every student a voice, and encourage leadership attributes.
d. Find ways to help students utilize and celebrate their new skills with a final show or presentation.
3. We work on positive ways to mix entry level students with more advanced students, especially in our youth classes. Experienced students need a challenge, while beginners need to feel they can accomplish a new technique or idea. When appropriate, students are encouraged to share with or teach their peers to re-inforce learning.
Instructors 2014- 2015
Bruce Baird: (Theater Class Assistant)
Experience: Theater Performances and directing for Jr. High and High School Years. Lead in Last year's Peach Days Melodrama. Is planning on studying Theater Education with a Goal of being a High School Theater Teacher.
Nancy Bills - Choir
Education: Associates in General Ed. BYU IDAHO
Experience: Director of Midway Elementary School Children's Choir for 5 years
Member of Uintah Basin Orchestra and Chorus, Vernal, UT. Extensive choir participation and experience
Carol Burggraaf - (Wasatch Youth Choir Director)
Education: Bachelors degree in music from BYU, ;
Experiences: Has taught children's music for 10 + years.
Other: Studied voice with JoAnn Ottley at BYU, Has a huge extensive piano background
Molly Cameron: Studying Theater Arts at USU. We are pleased to welcome her as an intern for our theater program.
Joyce Dean: "Preschool Puppet and Story Time Magic"
Education: Associate Degree from BYU in Secretarial Science
Experience: Member of Utah /Wyoming Puppet Guild. Lake View Elementary School Pre-school Storyteller for 5 years
Involved in Summer Story Hour at Brigham City Fine Arts Center for 3 years.
Involved in Cubs Scouts of America for 22 years, Involved in Boy scouting for15 years. Received "the Award of Merit" BSA Award. Involved in Girls Scouts for 22 years. Works at the Brigham City library. Joyce loves reading, story telling, and kids!
Kelly Donovan: ( Local, regionally known western artist- muralist)
Experience: Kelly is a full time professional artist. Commissioned for numerous western pieces and running his own art studio in Corinne, Utah. He recently taught a sculpting class for us with overwhelming success. His students raved about the experience and two went on to bronze their work.
Qualifications: Kelly is a big hearted guy and knows his material inside out. He brings years of actual successful art experience with him.
Emily Dutson: ("Mommy and Me Music Time" Series)
Education: 48 credit hours from BYU leading toward Elementary Ed
Experience: Taught life skill/music class at Foothill Elementary. Mother of 7 children. Vast experience in working with children in church programs and classes. Plays the piano, Accomplished singer, Taught private voice lessons.
Jeffrey Lowe: Adult and Youth Art Classes - Painting, Drawing, Watercolor
Education: BA Composite Art Degree at USU
BA Illustration Degree at USU
Secondary Ed Teaching Degree at USU
Experience: Taught Art at High School for 21 years. Teaches many community art classes. Is knowledgeable and proficient in all forms of art. Jeffrey is passionate about art and his love of Art is contagious as he shares his extensive knowledge and skill with his students.
Linda Lowe: (Calligraphy, Tatting, Art Camp Science, Youth Drawing and Master Artist Class)
Education: Associate Degree from Weber State in Interior Design
Experience: Extensive experience teaching children and adults in Family, Church and Scouting programs. Linda has been around the arts all of her life. She has a love of music and sings and plays the piano and harp. She has learned many textile arts including sewing, quilt making and tatting. She is proficient in Calligraphy and Medieval- Style Illumination. She loves teaching and is excited to share her love of art with her students.
Susan Neidert: ( Puppetry workshops Instructor)
Education: BSN from Kent State University and advanced FNP certification in
Nursing from Ohio State University
15 years of week long festivals/workshops with Puppeteers of America
Numerous workshops on small group education and children’s learning abilities.
Numerous classes in the visual arts.
Experiences: Over 15 years as a clinic director, 12 years as director of the Fine Arts Center
Over 18 years of experience teaching various puppetry workshops.
Other Qualifications: Susan is an expert in almost every type of puppet.
Knowledgeable about puppet history and design.
Loves to experiment with all types of puppets and loves to see students motivated to be creative and successful.
Bonnie Richardson: ( Theater teacher and Puppets in the Park instructor)
Education: Associates Degree in Business at LDS Business college
Experience: Over 30 years of on stage theatre experience- participating in plays, and helping back stage.
Over 7 years directing youth theater, A successful theater teacher for the Fine Arts Center for over 4 years.
Other qualifications: As a fun loving mother of 6, Bonnie knows how to keep students motivated and help even shy students enjoy getting on stage.
Qualifications: 10 years experience in Ad-lib and Improv. Studied under Barbara Dawson for 2 years. Sebastian is an excellent actor and is very creative on stage. He is a great leader and helps the theater and Improv students explore and increase their own creativity. He knows how to make the class fun and educational.
Gary Warren: (Basic Photography)
Education: Art major at Weber State with an emphasis in photography. Then earned his veteran's degree.
Experience: Owned and operated Heirloom Photography in Brigham City for several years, Also worked as a commercial photographer for Thiokol for 10 years.
Qulaifications: Gary is a people person and so is not only well thought out in his presentations ans well versed in this subject, but knows to make sure his students understand the material. His students have loved taking this class from him.