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.

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Adam Bedore

Illustration, Anime,
Cartooning

Bio

Adam received his formal education at the University of Illinois and the American Academy of Art, emphasizing on Illustration and Design. Over the last eighteen years, Adam has been successful with his artistic talent in both the commercial and freelance art world.

His expertise in both digital and traditional media formats can be seen in his many diverse projects, ranging from designs for Washburn guitars to work with Disney and Hard Rock Café.  Adam’s work has been exhibited at several art galleries, including Glitch Gallery, Echo Gallery, and Gallery Provocateur.  He is also a member of NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals).

Currently Adam is owner and artist at Anjin Design, teaches Illustration and Anime classes at Fox River Academy, and is a proud dad of toddler Blaize.

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Rachel Goeden

Art Camps
Drawing, Painting

Bio

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.

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Bev Collins

Art, Crafts

Bio

Bev graduated from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, with a major in art education, and earned her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction through National Louis University, Chicago.

She taught elementary art for five years in Downers Grove Schools as well as nine years in Troy School District; in addition to teaching at Prairie Point Elementary in Oswego since 2005, Bev teaches selected classes at the Fox River Academy.

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Tricia Frost

Program
Director

Bio

Along with holding the Art Director position 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

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Chrissy Schoeberlein

Drawing, Painting

Bio

Hi, I’m Christin Schoeberlein. I graduated from the University of Illiniois in 2009 with a BFA in Art Education and recently graduated from Western Governors University with a Master’s Degree in Special Education.

Since graduating I’ve been working at the Fox River academy of Music and art, Coaching Colorguard at Oswego High School, teaching art at Hope Wall School in Aurora and attending classes at Aurora University for a degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Special Education.

I love working with all different types of students and seeing their creativity develop!

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Lauren Tokar

Art Camps, General Art

Bio

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.

My artistic talents and easygoing personality have allowed me to work with all sorts of individuals on a number of successful projects and events. Each day I pursue my goals and do all I can to achieve them
~ Zack Hampton

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Jen Keller

Illustration, Art Camps,
General Art

Bio

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.

Growing up I always loved art, but never had the experiences kids have today in the art room. This is one reason I love teaching art at the elementary level. Art gave me an outlet to be creative and I was able to use it as a tool to help me succeed in school.

I love everything from painting, drawing, printmaking, textiles, sculpting, photography, realistic art to abstract art. I believe that all students I teach will have the opportunity to experience as many mediums as possible. I believe that creativity and self discovery is an important part of the learning process as well as looking at details and developing fine motor skills to help all students successfully express their thoughts through their artworks.

I teach my students that art is an important part of life and that it is everywhere. Art is history, art is science, art is math and language arts, art is expression and self reflection. Many of our art lessons tie into cross curricular learning and students will learn about the world through multicultural lessons.

~ Christine Kueker

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Heidi Miller

Art Camps,
Printmaking, Watercolors

Bio

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

“The beautiful is in nature, and it is encountered under the most diverse forms of reality. Once it is found it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it.”

~ Gustave Courbet

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

~ Edgar Degas