Whether it was your love for the Arts or a typo in the address bar above that has caused you to stumble upon this page, you're in for a treat. My name is J.R. Riggs and I am a Fine Arts Instructor for Bidwell Junior High School, a S.T.E.A.M. school located in Chico, CA . Previously I worked for various elementary schools within the Chico Unified School District including: Chapman, Emma Wilson, McManus, Hooker Oak, Sierra View, Citrus, Little Chico Creek, and Marigold. This page is to serve as a reference, inspiration, and resource for artists, students, and their inquisitive parents alike. It is my sworn duty and blood oath to provide your child with the finest Art education possible sparing no expense.
For the past 9 years I have had the pleasure of teaching for the Chico Unified School District Fine Arts Specialist Programs. I was part of a group of mobile teachers that visited classrooms monthly to provide the highest level of Art Curriculum available in the north state. We focused on several mediums (pen, pencil, chalk, charcoal, paint, pastel and printmaking) as well as a plethora of artists (Van Gogh, Haring, Hansen, Dali, etc.) throughout the year. We have had the ability to make the 26 hours of educational time students receive into a lifelong love for the Arts. I have taught various grade levels in range from kindergarten thru twelfth grade. I have both Multiple and Single Subject (Art Studio) Credentials. Because of my credentials I am one of the few people within the district that contracted teachers are able to request due to my expertise in certain subjects; most notably the Fine Arts Department. This has allowed me the opportunity to work in a collection of diverse settings. I have also had the opportunity to work as a long term Art substitute as well as an Art docent with a series of previously prepared independent units as well as a few of my own. I currently offer Art Studio, Ceramics, Graphic Design and Publications. I am also serving on a handful of committees for Bidwell Junior High School which include: ILT, School Site Council, and the BJHS S.T.E.A.M. Team. I also serve as the site rep, retirement coordinator and benefits coordinator for my school.