As a native Texan, I began my Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin and then transferred my senior year to the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where I created art installations related to immigration and received my degree. A few years later, I received my Masters in Creative Art Therapy from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, where I wrote and published my thesis, which examined the artwork of an individual with PTSD.
Art is my way of life. My approach to making art is being open to all mediums. I do not limit myself to one particular medium. I have shown artwork both nationally and globally and have been teaching art for many years, to all age levels, and leading art therapy groups with various mental health populations. My approach to teaching is holistic and academic, as I have the sensitivity of a therapist and the discipline to emphasize the importance of the practice of art. I look forward to sharing this vision with each individual I reach in a classroom setting.
I have been with Painting with a Twist since Jan. 2011. I graduated from Kutztown University of PA in1985 with a BS degree in Art Education and a minor in fine arts. I have taught art in the public school off and on for the past 27 years. I am currently teaching art at Independence High School. I spent five years as a graphic designer and enjoy painting and sculpting portraits. I was a professional puppeteer for three years. I also have created leather “Commedia del arte” theater masks for the past 30 years. Robin Williams owed three of my masks and Richard Thomas (John boy Walton) purchased eight. I have designed sets, masks, costumes and puppets for theater troupes all across the country.
Julia is a Denton born artist who picked up drawing at age three. She has a BFA in Visual Arts with a concentration in Painting and intends to get her masters degree in either Visual Arts or Art Therapy. As an avid animal lover, she frequently brings the two service dogs she is training in to visit the studio! Julia loves all forms of art (both visual and performance), recycling, crochet, and teaching children. As well as working for Painting with a Twist, Julia teaches Sunday School, is the assistant director to a 6-12th grade choir, and works at a local Summer Camp - in all of which she finds ways to share her love of art with the kids. You can follow her on both Facebook and Instagram @JuliaRiceArt
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