Summer Art Camp Faculty

Sandy Bachmann graduated from New York Institute of Technology with a BFA in Advertising Design. She worked for many years for advertising agencies in New York and in Broward County before going back to school to get a teaching degree in Art Education. She taught art for 11 years in Broward public schools and has recently moved to Indian River County where she continues to teach art at Fellsmere Elementary. She has won awards for her personal works in colored pencil.

Laura Bois received a  Bachelor’s of art in Studio art from the University of S.C. She also received an M.A. in middle school education from Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C.  She has been teaching for 15 years in both science education S.T.E.A.M., and art education. Laura is a mixed media artist working most recently in hybrid arts. Hybrid arts combines many materials not typically used for art.  She has recently enjoyed creating portraits with archive cardboard and wood burning tools. In addition to mixed media, Laura works in traditional media such as scratch board, watercolor and multiple drawing media. She currently teaches middle school art at Imagine charter school in Vero Beach. She believes it is important for students to experiment and explore various media while learning new techniques in art.

Jewel Blakeslee

Jewel Blakeslee holds a BFA in Theatre Performance and Costume Design from Florida Southern College. She has spent the last year teaching camps, workshops, and directing children’s shows at Riverside Theatre for children ages 3 – 17. 

Melissa Carter received her Masters degree in Art Education from Florida International University. She is an artist and art teacher. Her primary medium is oil, however she has been teaching art locally since 2013 and is always inspired by her students. She has taught a variety of traditional and non-traditional media, techniques, and processes including but not limited to drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, and mural making. 

David DeGraeve

David DeGraeve received his B.A. in interdisciplinary arts and humanities from Florida Atlantic University. He currently teaches 3-4 year olds at First Baptist Preschool in Vero Beach and also teaches guitar at the Academy for the Performing Arts in Vero Beach.

Catherine Dritenbas

Catherine Dritenbas has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami. She has taught 19 years with the School District of Indian River County in pre-k, kindergarten, and currently as the media assistant at Vero Beach High School library. Her studio in the Ft. Pierce Art District focused on fiber art and handmade items. She is passionate about teaching children to experience and learn to love art.

Sherry Haaland

Sherry Haaland received her B. S. in art education from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She has extensive training in both oils and pastels, having studied art and art history for many years. Sherry is a professional studio artist. 

Kent Johnson has a degree in ceramics from Palomar College, along with two years in studio production. He has worked with reknowned potters, Stephen Hill and Lana Wilson. Kent has taught adults at the Museum Art School for three years, and is looking forward to teaching at the Summer Art Camp! 

Jensen McCord is currently a college student seeking a degree in childcare and is also currently an instructor to 2-3 years olds at First Baptist Preschool in Vero Beach where art is a staple in the curriculum.

Terry Parker

Terry Parker is the art teacher at Citrus Elementary School. She received her B.A. in elementary education from Florida Atlantic University and has an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix. 

Christine Thomas

Christine Thomas is a self-taught studio artist with professional and personal experience in most traditional art disciplines, along with less traditional disciplines such as faux finishing and silk painting. Christine has taught adults and children at the Museum since 2012.