Welcome to Art!

Mrs. Van Riper

Welcome to art! This year will be my eighth 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 19 years, 18 of them in Texas. I have been creating art all my life! In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, reading, writing, and fiber arts. 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-aged 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!