Updated: May 17, 2021
The owner of the Schissler Academy of Fine Arts told the first seven graduates they not only launched the program but what they did wasn’t easy.
The first class of the two-year Classical Fine Arts Studio Certificate Program started with 11, said Janeen Schissler, who founded the academy.
“This program was not easy. It was not meant to be easy,” Schissler told the 2019 class and their families June 6 during the certificate presentation at the Rialto Theater Center Devereaux Room. “The fine arts world is not easy. It is competitive. It takes dedication, and it takes determination and the willingness to put many hours in to hone your drawing and painting skills.”
The seven students earned a Classical Fine Arts Studio Certificate for completing the 62 courses in the program, which focuses instruction on the classical fine art disciplines of drawing and painting in all of the classical mediums and techniques. Schissler and her staff of three instructors, including Lindsey Droege, Amanda Gress and Cody Winecki, base their teaching on the masters past and present in an atelier approach to instruction with a low student-to-teacher ratio. The idea is to give the students a sampling to help them identify their passion areas of medium, technique and subject.
“This was a classical fine art boot camp if you will. I am pleased that the seven of you stuck it out,” Schissler said. “The rigorous, condensed learning stretched you to your limit.”
The students who earned certificates include Dolly Halverson, Bonnie Hautamaki, Tracy Holsapple, Amy Kregoski, Patricia Pilkington, Tatiana Samokhina and Jennifer St. James. While the students had their oversized framed certificates in hand, Holsapple gave a speech on behalf of the students to thank the instructors for their “commitment and dedication.”