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UW-Green Bay Youth Camps

2018 Middle and High School Summer Art Studio Staff

Ranita HaanenRanita Haanen- Instructor

Ranita Haanen is a UW-Green Bay graduate, with a double major in fine arts and graphic design. Her focus at the university was in painting and drawing, supplemented with a number of ceramic courses. In addition she attended Haystack Mountain School of Crafts taking an extensive encaustic painting course and SRISA international school of art based in Florence Italy. Much of her work deals with making lists of mundane objects, and the beauty in ordinary day to day life. She is excited to be working with students this summer to help them find their unique creative voice and advance their painting skills.

Dean Hoegger-Instructor

Ceramics instructor, Dean Hoegger, loves to say, "Yes!" He understands the therapeutic value of working with clay and encourages his students to explore this medium while discovering their creative talents.  He fully supports the exploratory ideas of his students and mentors their independence, helping them find new ways to grow as artists.  "Yes" will also become your favorite word after you've worked with this gifted and giving instructor.
Hoegger brings many significant experiences to his Summer Art Studio classes.  As a professional artist, he has exhibited throughout the Midwest since 1976.  His recent clay work ranges from wheel-thrown porcelain vessels to hand-built Raku sculpture.  At times, he gears up his studio for creating large, wheel thrown floor-sized vessels.  Beside exhibiting his work in local art galleries, Hoegger is a yearly participant in the downtown Green Bay arts festival, Art Street.  Hoegger not only is a part-time teacher in the Sturgeon Bay School System, but he also holds weekly pottery classes and weekend workshops for high school students and adults.

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Tricia Matthew - Instructor

Watercolor artist and Presbyterian minister, Tricia Matthew, fell in love with watercolor while attending a workshop entitled, "Art as Doorway to the Sacret" where she connected with an inner creative spirit longing to find expression in her life. She has studied with many watercolor artists and her work has been exhibited throughout Northeast Wisconsin. Tricia has been teaching watercolor for 14 years and also facilitates workshops in art and spirituality and dream exploration. She lives in Green Bay with her husband Keith and two mischievous cats!

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Lindsey PrzybylskiLindsey Przybylski - Instructor

Our Photography instructor Lindsey Przybylski received her BA from UW-Green Bay. Her area of emphasis is in Photography and Graphic Design. Lindsey won the Academic Deans Award at this year’s Lawton Gallery Student Juried Show at UW-Green Bay for her photograph A Silhouette of Emotion: A Series. She has had a lifelong passion for photography. This summer she is looking forward to sharing that passion and all of her knowledge of photography with her students. This year will mark her fifth year with the Summer Art Studio.

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Judy SarasinJudy Aragona - Instructor

A native of the Green Bay area, Judy received her bachelor’s degree from UW-Green Bay and also a masters degree in education from UW- Green Bay. Judy has spent many years of teaching art in the public schools. She hopes to utilize her vast knowledge, experience, and passion to provide that special opportunity for students to develop artistic skills and creativity.


Danica Oudeans - Instructor

Danica Oudeans is an award winning instructor and former University Professor with 14 years experience teaching all levels of painting and drawing. She received her MFA (Masters in Fine Art) in painting from Miami University of Ohio and has exhibited her artwork across the country. Currently Danica is a licensed substitute teacher for the state of Wisconin and the owner of Danica Oudeans Art, where she teaches private painting and drawing lessons, small group classes, and corporate team building projects.

Tom Wallestad - Instructor

Tom Wallestad earned his BA from UW-Green Bay and his MFA in Computer Graphics from Syracuse University. He has taught and created cartoon illustrations and animations in multiple media for many years. His artwork explores interactive interpretations of the visual traits and narrative structures particular to the comic book medium. He investigates perceptions of suggested space and reality forming his own unique narratives.


Natalie HalvorsenNatalie Halvorsen - Instructor

Natalie Halvorsen, multi-media artist and educator, is both a graduate and former art faculty member of the UWGB Art program. She is currently an art teacher at a local charter school, teaching grades 7-12. She has worn many "art hats", to include mural painting, graphic design, art curation, art exhibition, art education of all ages and continues to create artwork in her at-home studio.


Beau ThomasBeau Thomas - Instructor

Beau Thomas is a graffiti artist, painter, and graphic designer from Green Bay, WI. He has been studying and practicing graffiti art for over 10 years. Beau earned degrees in Art and Design from UW-Green Bay and now runs his own mural business - Trackside Design LLC. Some career highlights include work at the Neville Public Museum, doing mural work for Red Bull, and completing Green Bay's largest piece of public art - The Green Bay Mural - on Main Street.



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Megan RyanMegan Ryan - Instructor

Megan Ryan is an art teacher at Stangel Elementary School in Manitowoc, WI, where she teaches students in grades 1-6. Although she works in Manitowoc, she lives in De Pere, WI. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and graduated in 2016. Her emphasis was in photography and textiles and after graduating she has experimented more with collaging, water coloring, and drawing. She looks forward to meeting all the campers and can’t wait to spend two weeks creating art with you all!