Susan Wheelersburg

: Susan Wheelersburg

Where is your hometown/where did you grow up : I was born in Virginia

 Where did you go to school/ degrees or certifications you hold: I studied art education at James Madison University and Millersville University and illustration at Rhode Island School of Design

I taught art to students in kindergarten through grade 12 in Virginia, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. I currently teach art students that wish to become art teachers at Elizabethtown College.

When did you first become interested in art/do you have a specific memory that you associate with this: When I was in grade school my sister and I used to challenge each other to see who was the best at drawing things like dogs, people, trees, etc. Since I always won the challenges and my sister was 4 yrs. older than I, it gave me a great boost in confidence to know that art was something that I had a talent for. Art classes were not offered in the schools that I attended growing up so I mostly did art projects on my own until high school when I attended the Vo-tech for graphic design. The joy I got from teaching art to children at summer camps convinced me that what I really wanted to do in life, was combine my love of art and teaching by becoming an art teacher. I have never regretted making that decision.

I mostly work with acrylics and watercolors but I enjoy exploring new directions that my painting can take when I paint on different textural surfaces.

 

What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t making art:

When not making art I enjoy traveling to different counties and in the summer I love playing with color, texture, shape, pattern and form as I arrange different flowers and plants in my garden.