About Mrs. Buchner

I am passionate about fostering creativity in children. In the classroom I stress imagination and individuality while teaching art fundamentals. I cover a wide variety of techniques and mediums. I believe art history is vital and incorporate the study of history with lessons that examine the work of an artist or time period in a hands-on manner. I also enjoy working with other teachers to show how art is naturally integrated with various subjects such as symmetry and Math or illustration and English.

Art is important to our community and shouldn’t be confined only to the classroom. I like to invite “visiting” artists into my classroom to demonstrate and talk about their work. I also volunteer in our De Soto community teaching art to people of all ages. I have taught classes at the local library on meditative doodling. With Mr. Stingl, I have organized and taught painting parties which were also fundraisers for the DHS Art Club. I volunteer at the Driftless Art Festival at the KinderArt tent, painting faces and helping with the youth art displays.

I graduated with a B.S. in Art from Viterbo University and received my teacher training from St. Mary's University. I have had various careers in art all my life and bring this real-world experience to the classroom. I have been the manager of an art gallery, a graphic designer at an advertising agency, an art director at a publishing company and owned a graphic design business. In 2008, I started teaching art at St. Charles Elementary School in Genoa. In 2016, I began teaching art at Stoddard Elementary and Prairie View Elementary as well.

Personally, I live in Ferryville with my husband Joe and three children. Lane is a freshman at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, Vin is in 10th grade at DHS and Silas is in 6th grade. I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, kayaking, ice skating, roller blading, reading and traveling. Colorado is one of my favorite places to visit. I also love softball and baseball. Go Pirates!

I firmly believe in Picasso’s famous quote, “ Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."