Arts Education
2015 Spring Course Guide

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Teacher Resources:

The Art of the Carousel | Carousel Teaching Poster Curriculum

Please click on the image to the left to download a free Teacher's Aid. The aid provides an interesting insight into the history of Carousels and fun projects for different age groups.

The Art of the Carousel was made possible by the Richard and Arline Landers Foundation, Nancy W. Griffin, and the Ohio Arts Council. 

Youth Arts Council:

If you are interested in breathing life into the arts, theater, music, and more than you need to check this out!

The Youth Arts Council is made up of area high school students that will work collectively to initiate programming for the youth and surrounding communities, including but not limited to exhibitions, public art projects, large-scale events and much more.   This is a hands-on, fast-paced program that gives high school students a chance to work with local artists, advocates and activists on projects that reflect the concerns, interests and passions of the community.  Students will be expected to work as a team to effectively plan and organize various activities and events in the community involving the fine arts, theater, dance, music, etc.  The council accepts new members all the time.

An ideal candidate for the Youth Arts Council will possess the following qualifications, skills, and abilities:

•    Committed to advocating the arts and dedicated to contributing to the community
•    Must be self-motivated and work well independently and in groups
•    Creative, innovative, and willing to promote ongoing learning
•    Thrive on bringing all avenues of the arts (theater, music, etc.) and diverse community together
•    Ability to work independently, possess a “take charge” attitude and work under little supervision

Interested? Think you’d like to learn more about the council? Contact Aurelio and Cameron at and reference your interest in the Youth Arts Council in the subject line. 


Mary Cooper

Mary Cooper is the Education Coordinator at the MAC and teaches many of the specialty children’s classes such as homeschool art, mommy and me, Girl Scout workshops, clay workshops and coordinates school field trips. She earned her Bachelors of Education degree with a minor in Photography from The University of Toledo in 2006 and is certified to teach Visual Arts PK-12.  On her own time, Mary is fascinated by the technical nature of photography and being able to capture fleeting moments in peoples’ lives. She enjoys being behind her camera and photographing weddings, engagement sessions, family portraits and more. She has also been a vendor at the Ashland Fall Festival for the Arts in addition to being part of the Etsy community where she enjoys selling her personalized “keepsakes”.     |

George Whitten

George Whitten has been a studio artist and educator since earning a master of fine arts degree at Wichita State University in 1974.  He is the Director of the Boston Mills Artfest and has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Florida Atlantic University.  For 35 years, he has been exhibiting abstract paintings, Raku pottery and sculpture.  

In addition to national and international exhibits of his work, his pieces are part of the fine art collections at numerous museums, art schools, universities and corporations across the United States. His work has been featured in dozens of professional journals, popular publications, and film documentaries

Jerry Francl Sr.

My education is in electrical Engineering (Purdue) followed by 5 years in local industries and 40 years of teaching engineering technology, industrial controls and robotics at NCTC/NCSC. My interest at present is teaching young people (and the young-at-heart) about using a computer as a tool to create digital media art (stories, animation, games and simulations) using the Scratch programming language. I also teach how to construct 3D, interactive environments using sensors and actuators connected to a programmed Arduino board using the Scratch for Arduino (S4A) programming language.

I've been a member of the Mansfield Art Center since the early 1970's. Some of my other interests are photography (since 1967), and collecting antique cameras and photographs, I read a lot and have a passion for history, especially Roman. Having cast off television I watch , art films, foreign language films, noire films, sci-fi from the 1950's, Godzilla, and Charlie Chan. I tend to be skeptical of any film that is not black and white.

A member of the Planetary Society, I anticipate landing on a comet this fall, seeing Pluto close-up in next year, and hope my granddaughter gets to take her trip to go to the moon. Me, I'm holding out for Mars.

Irene Maginniss

Inspired by the world around her, Maginniss loves travel and exploring near and far, most recently visiting Africa and Costa Rica.Photography continues to play a part in recording memories as well as occasional inclusions in artwork in the form of image transfers.  Since her retirement from public school teaching, she has begun an intensive exploration in fusing glass as she expands her opportunities to create and express ideas through new materials and processes. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Maginniss has had additional coursework at Miami & Ashland Universities, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and she continues to study and expand her knowledge and interest in surface design.  She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States in national and invitational shows, festivals and galleries. Maginniss has taught and lead workshops, has been an Artist in Residence in the schools, and taught art at all levels.  She continues to be an advocate of the arts for people of all ages and cultures. 

Bill Dinkins

Bill Dinkins, a local artist, is a new instructor at Mansfield Art Center. He will be teaching youth and adult classes in drawing, watercolor, and pastels. Each class involves demonstrations and plenty of individual instruction to help students succeed in creating work that is both challenging and uniquely original.

Locally, his paintings can be viewed at The Mansfield Art Center's Gallery Shop, Art Space in downtown Mansfield and Coppertop gallery in Loudonville.