Dr. Erik A. NielsenProfessor, Art Education
Office: JCM 1109
Office Phone: 245-3770
Dr. Teri Evans-PalmerAssistant Professor
JCM 1112 B
Dr. Teri Evans-Palmer is Assistant Professor of Art Education at Texas State University-San Marcos. She has taught K-12 art in public schools and shares her passion for creativity and humor with art education students and her colleagues in Texas higher education institutions. As TAEA Higher Education Chair, Teri believes that:
art education is crucial to our lives because every human being passes through life with a need to tell his or her story. Art gives us a voice. When we make art, we speak the thoughts and desires that come from our heads and our hearts through our hands. What a travesty it would be to live your days on earth without being able to share the most vital part of ourselves. As art educators, we help children tell their stories by teaching them the language of art, while guiding them with the tools and techniques that help them speak. (T. Evans-Palmer, personal communication, February 17, 2013)
Dr. David HefnerSenior Lecturer
1999 – 2012 Texas State University, San Marcos
Currently teaching Art Education and Mentoring Student Teachers
1998 – 1999 Concordia University, Austin
Taught All levels of Painting and Art History
1991 – 2000 Laguna Gloria Art Museum
Taught all ages of children Drawing, Painting and “Artist Explorers”
1977 – 1983 Open Door Preschool
Taught Kindergarten in a “Mainstreaming Program”, integrating
Special Needs Children into a Mainstream Kindergarten Program
1976 - 1977 The Windsor School
Exhibiting artist since 1983. With the Davis Gallery since 1991.
Linda Kelsey-Jones is a life-long artist, and a Texas certified art educator.
Since moving to San Marcos in the mid-90's she has become an advocate for art in the schools and community. President of the San Marcos Arts Council, she curates two galleries, the Walkers' Gallery in the San Marcos
Activity Center and The Gallery of the Common Experience in the Mitte Honors Coffee Forum.
Eloiese KrabbenhoftSenior Lecturer
My eighth grade class took a trip which included a visit to an art museum displaying three rooms full of Van Gogh paintings. I was hooked on art and went on to become a teacher of art. My first teaching position was at the high school level but the bulk of my experience has been K-8 and included several years of teaching beginning ceramics, drawing and painting at Concordia University, Austin.
Many media have captivated me over the years, from watercolor, oils and acrylics, to stained glass, stone carving, ceramics and, my current favorite, bronze. My husband and children were not really happy to be immortalized in paint or clay, but my grandchildren love to see themselves on my walls and shelves.
I believe to teach art, one must first acquire knowledge and skills in a broad range of media and the disciplines related to art instruction. Watching my students make the transition from being students of art to become artists and teachers of art is very rewarding.
My aspiration has been to become one who inspires others. Teaching at all levels has been the journey of choice to help fulfill this desire. Earning a B.S. in Art Education, a B.S. in Interior Design, a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and Administration (Principal) Certification prepared me for the myriad of educator and leadership callings I have experienced over decades. Presenting at state and national conferences has permitted me to share best teaching practices and showcase amazing, student accomplishments in visual arts. An invitation to serve on the review and revision committee of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), has been a professional highlight to this fine arts advocate and visual arts educator.