Middle School Artists


3 slots remain as of April 19

Students will receive visual arts instruction in various forms, particularly drawing and painting. In addition to learning professional techniques and experimenting with new media, the class will follow the entire artistic process from initial sketches to final works, from artist statement to public presentation. Selected media may include watercolor, ink, colored pencil, etc.

With an illustrative bend, the course emphasizes visual storytelling. Students will create works that communicate their ideas, experiences, and personal styles within an encouraging, inspiring environment.


Allison Lesch, MA

Allison Lesch, MA

Allison Morris Lesch is a visual artist whose practice emphasizes a by-hand, mixed media approach to drawing. Through pencil, ink, and watercolor, she combines natural observation with a love for color, pattern, and design. A firm belief in the arts’ communicative, collaborative nature and their flourishing beyond the individual artist’s studio underlies her work. In turn, Allison views educating others, particularly children and young adults, as a key part of her arts practice. As an educator, she holds a variety of past experiences, including five summers at Laumeier Sculpture Park’s fine arts summer camp and a long-term substitute position at Edgar Road Elementary.

Allison will be receiving her Art Education K-12 teaching certification in May 2018 through UMSL’s accelerated graduate program. She received her Bachelor’s in Art History and Studio Art from SLU in 2015. Notably, Allison remains a grateful alumna of Webster Groves School District for twelve years of foundational education, including one memorable summer as a student of the Gifted Arts program.

When: June 11-June 22 (two-week session, M-F) 12:30-3:00
June 11-June 29 (three-week session, M-F) 12:30-3:00

Where: Classes location is tentative: Concordia Park in DeMun, Forest Park’s World’s Fair Pavilion, and Webster Christian Church

Cost: $300/two-week session or $425/three-week session (see “Deep Dive”)

Interns: Emma Teson and Eavan O’Neil

Emma Teson is a student of Fine Arts at Webster University in St. Louis. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in illustration as well as running for the Webster Track and Field team. Emma has experience with all types of media but specializes in dry materials such as graphite and ink pen. She enjoys interacting with her environment as well as friends, family, and fellow artists during the creative process, as she believes that teamwork is essential to strengthening the creative mind as well as the technical hand. Emma plans to graduate from Webster in the Spring of 2020 and hopes to pursue a career in book illustration.

Eavan O’Neil is a junior at Webster Groves High School.  She has been in the Gifted Arts Project since the sixth-grade, where she continues to salivate over poetry but also enjoys creative non-fiction. Eavan has been featured in the school’s literary magazine, The Branch, and was a 2017 All-Write finalist. Outside of writing Eavan enjoys various nerdy activities such as: painting/art, model UN, reading, and….yep. She is very excited to work with other nerdy writers over the summer.









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