Summer Camp Teacher Bios

Beth Rapatz: Teacher/Staff

“Seal Sings”, gouache paint, 2012

Beth Rapatz holds her B.F.A. in Illustration from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Beth teaches art as well as freelance illustrates using gouache and pen & ink as her primary mediums. Freelance illustration projects include; a young adult novel, 4 children’s picture books, greeting cards, t-shirt designs, murals and a short animation for documentary film. She  has taught art to children and adults in-home and at Simply Jane, the Bloomington Art Center, and Mpls Adult Community Education. Portfolio: www.bethrapatz.com

Jean Birkeli: Teacher/Staff

“Pier”, oil painting, 2010

Jean Birkeli is a self-taught artist that has been painting for 25 years. She has been commissioned to paint a variety of items including; landscapes, portraits; painted rocks. Jean has also been exhibited at the Minnesota State Fair in the Fine Arts Building and at local art studios in Minneapolis. She has been teaching art and crafts at Simply Jane for over 5 years and for the Minneapolis Park Board for over 16 years. Jean greatly enjoys the experience of teaching art to all ages.