Classes and Workshops for Preschoolers, Youth, Young Adults, Teens, Adults and Seniors

Our art curriculum is designed to promote a “creative-based” atmosphere, emphasizing introduction and practice in techniques, historical and cultural references, and media, allowing the student to find and explore their own artistic interpretations.

We maintain a cap on the number of participants, allowing the Fox River Academy to create a “semi-private” instructional atmosphere in the classroom.

Periodically, we will host Open Art sessions at Fox River Academy and other locations throughout the community.

Class Listings for
Art Programs

Art Instructors

Our art workshop and class instructors are active professionals who share a passion for teaching creative arts to the community.

Jen Keller

Program Director
Illustration, Fine Art
 & Art Camps


Jennifer is an illustrator well versed in the world of design and has experience creating educational illustration, logo artwork, decorative illustration, private commissions and gallery work. Her work has been shown in galleries ranging across the San Francisco Bay Area, Pennsylvania, Chicagoland Area, and Corciano, Italy.  She has an MFA in Traditional Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and a BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She currently works in the field of illustration and has her own line of children’s/nursery art and greeting cards.

Her teaching experience ranges from working with elementary students, mentoring/tutoring middle and high school students, and teaching at the university level.  With her training in classical art and illustration, Jennifer enjoys teaching the fundamentals of art. She likes to build her students’ knowledge base and skill set so they may have a better understanding of the visual arts.  She hopes that by giving young artists this core knowledge and practice it will help their work to grow and will increase their self-esteem as creative individuals so they may thrive in whatever path they choose.

Lauren Tokar

Art Camps, General Art


Lauren is a graduate of the Art and Design Education program at Northern Illinois University, and is a State of Illinois certified art teacher for grades K-12.

Lauren has considerable experience creating and teaching art in a variety of mediums, including drawing, painting (oil, acrylic, and watercolor), graphic art and design, jewelry/metals, hand-building ceramics, and sculpture. In addition, Lauren continues to create art in her own private studio.

Heidi Miller

Art Camps,
Printmaking, Watercolors


Heidi is a 2007 graduate of Northern Illinois University with a degree in Art Education, and has taught art classes with Fox River Academy for the last seven years.

Creating art and sharing her knowledge about everything art related is Heidi’s passion. Along with teaching art, she also enjoys creating new art pieces and becoming involved with many different art projects and events.

Heidi has contributed her talents to community fundraisers and charitable events, along with assisting with numeruous Fox River projects.

“I love being able to create art using many different art mediums together and experimenting to see how they can create something unique and personal. I believe that art should be a learning experience and a way to create something that is unique to each person, no matter the age or experience level.”

~ Heidi Miller

Rachel Goeden

Art Camps, Drawing, Painting


Rachel Goeden received her Bachelor’s of Science in Art Education from Northern Illinois University in 2005 and is currently in a Master’s in Art Education program through Eastern Illinois University.

Rachel has taught week-long summer art camps at Fox River for the past several years; in addition, she teaches high school art in Burlington, IL. Painting and drawing are her favorite artistic mediums, and she is certified to teach K-12 and teaches primarily sculpture and ceramics classes at her school.

Rachel teaches Fashion Design camps at Fox River and has taught Wacky World of Art and portraiture classes in the past. She loves to experiment with art materials and techniques and plans lessons that fuse students’ own interests with original ideas. Rachel and her husband live in Montgomery, IL.

Tricia Frost

Painting, Crafts, General Art 


Along with being the former Art Director at Fox River Academy for the last four years, Tricia has taught art in Oswego Community District 308 for over nine years. Ms. Frost has art degrees from Illinois’ Joliet Junior College and Northern Illinois University (Dekalb) along with her master’s in educational administration from Governor’s State University, Chicago.

Tricia loves to inspire others to explore the arts and enjoys promoting the arts in our community. She believes that children should be able to express themselves creatively, while exploring a variety of artistic mediums, discover worldly cultures and themselves through the arts.

My goal is for all of my students to cultivate a love for the arts that will stay with them for a lifetime.
~ Tricia Frost

Jessi Tampa

Fiber Arts, Crafts, Sewing 


Jessi Tampa is a self-taught seamstress, costumer, and fiber artist as well as a homeschool parent and instructor.  With 14 years experience in costume design and construction, Jessi also developed an interest in the fiber arts including embroidery, knitting, crocheting, and felting.   

Jessi has taught elementary and middle school sewing classes for the past 7 years at the Tampa Creative Academy, as well as at the CHARIS homeschool co-op.  She greatly enjoys teaching kids how to sew as well as costume design and how to use multiple fiber art techniques to create unique and creative pieces.