In addition to Jane and Jean (above), our 2017 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.
Anna Lundin: Anna will be starting her senior year in the fall at University of Wisconsin – Stout studying 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 freshman 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 teaching in a variety of media for over 10 years, including five years on staff at Simply Artable. In her current position as an art teacher with Minneapolis Public Schools, she has developed and implemented curriculum in design and digital media. As a freelance illustrator, she worked with authors and illustrated several books as well as a creating a short animation for a documentary film.
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.