Welcome to Art!

Mrs. Van Riper

Welcome to art! This year will be my seventh year having a blast teaching art at Stevenson Primary! I truly believe that art is for everyone, and that art can absolutely be taught! Art education plays a valuable role for our children: It teaches them self-confidence, personal expression, problem-solving, and patience; plus, it touches upon every academic discipline they will encounter. Most importantly, it is just plain fun!

I have a Bachelor's degree in English and a Master's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado. I have taught in the public school system for 17 years, 16 of them in Texas. In my spare time, I enjoy gardening both at school and at home (please visit our pollinator habitat at Stevenson!), reading, writing, and, of course, drawing and painting. I am also very interested in recycled art and am always looking for the possibilities in odd objects that I find. I am married and have a teen-age son. We share our home with two dogs, a cat, several birds, and exotic fish.

I am looking forward to seeing the masterpieces your child will create this year!