This will be Brianna's third year teaching at the art garage. She also teaches at the Rahr West Art Museum and at the Manitowoc Library. Brianna loves character design, illustration, and story-telling. She has illustrated two children's books and hopes to publish her own graphic novel one day! Brianna can't wait to share her knowledge and help you grow in your art!
2020 will be C.J.’s seventh year teaching Comics & Cartoons, as well as his first year teaching Improv Performance at The Art Garage! C.J. earned his Bachelor of Art Degree from St. Norbert College in 2014 and has had numerous successful published comic strips, the most notable of which being Rudy & Robby. C.J. takes pride not only in his ability to teach kids the necessary skills to create original comics and cartoons, but also in how he educates his classes on how to follow one’s creative instinct, think critically, and find joy in the creative process! He began performing Improv in 2010 and has been a professional Improviser and Actor ever since, performing in well over 1000 Improv Shows (He lost count after 700) with numerous groups including Mojo Dojo, iO Chicago, ComedyCity, and The SqueezeBox Comedy Group (A traveling Improv Group he created with some of the best Improvisers in Wisconsin)! He teaches Improv at St. Norbert College as well as Improv Workshops for businesses and private groups all over Wisconsin. He can also be seen on numerous Commercials, TV Shows, Films, and Web Series. C.J. wants all prospective students to know that his classes are designed to be personalized, supportive, and most of all FUN!
Anne Rakow-Weist is a local art educator and nationally board certified art therapist. The schools where her credentials were earned include the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Mount Mary University, and Lesley College in Cambridge, MA where she earned her Master of Arts in Expressive Therapy. Having worked with children and adolescents in a wide variety of school settings, she first joined with The Art Garage while teaching 4 SAW classes during the summer of 2017. Her primary focus is encouraging creative problem solving while expanding each artist’s repertoire of technique. She also teaches strategies to engage the whole brain and to regulate through art activities designed to reduce stress.
I believe art is a part of everyone's life. The more you learn about art, through art history, aesthetics, criticism, and art- making, the more you can understand and enjoy it. I graduated in 1987 from UW-Milwaukee, receiving a Bachelor's in Fine Arts with a teaching certification. I moved back home to Green Bay and taught at several schools. I also continued pursuing more education by attending St. Norberts College and UW-Green Bay. I kept active by being the Regional Vice President of the Wisconsin Art Education Association and Youth Art Month co-chair. I have since moved to the Manitowoc area and continued my teaching career, currently working at the Rahr West Art Museum. I facilitate GriefShare, and have created a program called " Working Creatively Through Grief ", which is held at the Art Museum in Manitowoc. Also, I am excited to be teaching at the Art Garage!
Lisa Wicka received her BFA from the University of Central Florida and her MFA in Painting, Printmaking and Drawing from Purdue University. Her work has shown both national and internationally in New York, Chicago, Toronto, Mexico, Edinburgh, and Sweden. She has participated in numerous residencies and workshops including SparkBox Studios, Women’s Studio Workshop, Ålgården workshop in Sweden, and Officina Stamperia del Nataio in Sicily. She was awarded the Mrs. Granville Wells Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters for her mixed media sculptural work, exhibited in the Andy Warhol Museum May 2013. Her work is in the permanent collections of Southern Graphics Council, Mid America Print Council, Oregon State University, Ohio State University, and many more. Wicka is currently the Assistant Professor of Printmaking at University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.