Art Instructors" style="font-size: 26px;">Art Instructors


Amanda Davis


Amanda Davis graduated Cum Laude from Southeast Missouri State University with a major in Art Education and is currently certified to teach Art K-12.  While student teaching, she instructed students in Art from grades Kindergarten through High School.  After graduating, Amanda completed 15 hours of graduate credit towards her Masters in Art Education.  Her graduate work included a computer art class as well as a two-week study abroad in Paris, France.  

Amanda has taught 8 years of Art in Missouri public schools.  She spent four years teaching Art grades K-4 and four years teaching 7th grade Art.  In 2007-08 she was awarded Outstanding Teacher of the Year at her school.  As a teacher, Amanda worked with students of all levels and talents.  She displayed each student’s work in a school wide art show, organized an after school art club, and taught special art enrichment and summer classes.  She enjoys teaching all media including: drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. While encouraging expression and creativity, she teaches her students about the elements and principles of art as well as technique. From those just beginning to hold a pencil, to the naturally gifted or experienced students, Amanda believes creating art is important in the development of all children of all ages and talents.

Since 2000, Amanda has been an active member of the MAEA (Missouri Art Education Association) and the NAEA (National Art Education Association.)  She has regularly attended art education conferences throughout the state of Missouri, keeping up to date with the latest developments in Art Education, as well as being a conference presenter herself.  Amanda enjoys drawing, painting, photography, computer art, digital photo editing, and spending time with her family in her free time.  

In April of 2012, Amanda was asked by the Subiaco Monastery in Subiaco, Arkansas
to restore their statues of St. Bernadette and Our Lady of Lourdes. The concrete statues were stripped of all original paint and completely repaired and painted.

Susan Houseman

Calligraphy, Lettering

Calligraphy is a multifaceted skill that’s mastered with practice;

it’s all about mind, hand and eye coordination, 

requiring a person to connect all three elements together, 

and in doing so create art. 

Knowing my cursive needed help, I signed up for my first calligraphy class in 

Copperplate Script. Through the years I have studied with many Master Calligraphers

from around the world in both traditional and nontraditional lettering. 

My choice in materials varies from paper, fabric, canvas, wood and glass.  

I love working with watercolor, acrylics and gouache 

to create my one of a kind pieces. 

My work has been published many times in several

publications. I also have an Alphabet stamp line for sale through

Stampington & Company.  

A natural progression toward teaching calligraphy

has given me the opportunity to share this wonderful art form.  

I consider beautiful lettering to be more than personal, 

more than just the printed word: 

it is the human connection to the mystery of art and of life.

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