In addition to Jane and Jean (above), our summer camp staff includes:
Oliver Elias-Churilla: Oliver has been in South High School’s ceramics program for the past four years. He instantly felt working with clay was his new passion. He has been his teacher’s assistant for the past year and with that experience his work has blossomed. He has shown his work in a few student art shows including Viva City and Mottos Locus. He studied at The Northern Clay Center and loves spreading his passion for ceramics to others.
Gail Kiltie: Gail is the founder and proprietor of Joyful H’Arts Studio. Her unique style of instruction creates a fun and relaxed atmosphere for all skill levels…especially beginners! She assures you that she’s the “paint whisperer” and can help you discover creativity.
Anna Lundin: Anna is graduating this spring from the University of Wisconsin – Stout with a degree in comics and sequential art. Her comics have been in several publications made in collaboration with other Stout students. Since she was little, she’s loved designing characters and creating stories, the first being a stapled booklet about hamsters exploring the jungle. With her experience nannying, leading summer camps, and being a big sister, she is ready to enthusiastically teach kids about comics and superheroes!
George Marshall: George just finished his sophomore year at the University of Colorado Boulder studying Technology, Arts, and Media. He is a sponsored kendama player for Sweets Kendamas and also loves to snowboard in the mountains, and play ultimate frisbee. Jane Elias is his mom, so he has been involved with Simply Jane since he was a young child. He loves working with kids and couldn’t be more excited to help out this summer!
Beth Rapatz: Beth has a bachelor of fine arts degree in illustration from the Art Institute of Boston and a K12 teaching license and master’s in art education from the University of Minnesota. She has been working as a freelance illustrator and teaching in a variety of media for over 10 years, including five years on staff at Simply Jane/ ArtAble. In her current position as an art teacher with Minneapolis Public Schools, she has developed and implemented curriculum in design and digital media.
Karen Savage: Karen is a mosaic artist and teaches mosaic classes for children and adults. She is also a Speech/Language Pathologist for Minneapolis Public Schools. Her previous experience includes teaching children and adults with special needs.