Greetings Students & Parents!
I am Beth Detwiler and this is my 4th year teaching Art at Mingus Union High School. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University and recently completed my Masters of Education from Prescott College - with certifications in Visual Arts & Secondary Education.
I've been a resident of the Verde Valley for 20 years and I have 2 children who've graduated from MUHS. Both are now pursuing college and career paths in the Visual & Performing Arts.
In addition to teaching, I am also a professional artist and work in a variety of mediums including: ceramics, drawing & painting, sculpture, and hand-painted masking tape. Prior to teaching, I spent many years in the professional arts sector as a graphic illustrator, feature cartoonist, muralist, and gallery sales rep. I also spent 2 decades working in nonprofit mission work serving at-risk teens and their families.
This year I'll be teaching Beginning and Intermediate Art students. In my classroom, I strive to foster an environment of self-exploration and creativity - paired along with the rigorous and challenging arts curriculum that MUHS Art Department is known for.
I hope that the information shared here on my teacher site will be helpful to you. Here you'll have access to homework assignments, calendar dates, art supply lists, announcements, special events and more! Check-in regularly for updates, and please contact me with any questions or concerns.
A Few Favorite Art Quotes:
"Art is not a thing, it is a way." - Elbert Hubbard
"A line is a dot that went for a walk." - Paul Klee
"The artist's job is to be a witness to his time in history." - Robert Rauschenberg
"I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life." - Jean-Michel Basquiat
"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures." - Henry Ward Beecher
"Every human is an artist. And this is the main art that we have: the creation of our story." - Don Miguel Ruiz
"Every art expression is rooted fundamentally in the personality and temperament of the artist." - Hans Hoffman
"Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feelings the artist has experienced." - Leo Tolstoy
"If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him." - J.F. Kennedy
"I found I could say things with color & shape that I couldn't say any other way - things that I had no words for." - Georgia O"Keefe
"What art is, in reality, is this missing link, not the links which exist. It's not what you see that is art; art is the gap." - Marcel Duchamp
"Art should be an oasis: a place or refuge from the hardness of life." - Fernando Botero
"Art brings a message into a room. It should make us perceive in a new way - wither through color, form or narrative content - something we had not perceived before...and perhaps reveal something to you about yourself." - Gloria Vanderbilt
"Art is the objectification of feeling." - Herman Melville
"I don't see any boundaries between any of the art forms. I think they all inter-relate completely." - David Bowie