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July 16, 2014

Wheeler returns to teaching through Arts Explosion

DUNCAN — For Sue Wheeler, teaching is a habit that’s difficult to break.

Although she retired in 2011, Wheeler this week found herself teaching students at Arts Explosion, a day camp of the Chisholm Trail Arts Council aimed at introducing children to various art forms.

 She spent Monday and Tuesday teaching youngsters how to make rock collages.

“They did really well,” she said, wrapping up the second and final day of her collage course.

Wheeler spent 41 years teaching in Duncan Public Schools. More than half of her time was spent at Plato Elementary. Her final years were spent at the EDGE Academy, where she helped establish the junior high program.

Arts Explosion provided a welcomed return to teaching.

“I loved it,” she said.

This is her first year to teach at Arts Explosion. She had support from fellow educator Jana Oakman, who first taught her about rock collages, an art form that she passed on to her own family.

Oakman will teach a painting class for kids enrolled in Art Explosion the rest of the week while Wheeler’s 25-year-old son, Cash, who wants to become a high school art teacher, will teach a drawing class .

“Cash wants to teach art,” Wheeler said. “I wanted him to work with certain age groups so he wouldn’t limit himself to just high school.”

Arts Explosion will continue through the rest of the week with art classes aimed at children, teens and adults. Darcy Reeves, Chisholm Trail Arts Council executive director, said more than 80 children are enrolled in this year’s week-long program.

 

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