As far back as I can remember I loved creating art! I couldn’t wait to do the projects my art teacher presented in elementary school. It kept me focused and inspired me to explore and discover more ways to make art. My family was extremely artistic and encouraged my creativity throughout my youth. When it was time to go to college, I chose SUNY New Paltz because it offered a degree in Art Education. Later, I completed my Masters in Art Education at Kent State University. Clearly, my passion for art was present from a young age and continues to be a big part of my life as I move forward with my newest venture, opening Mrs. Mantz’s Purple Pantz Art Studio!
I have been a public school art educator for 42 years (and still counting!) starting in New York then Maryland and now in Ohio. I recently retired from my teaching position in the Kenston School District after 17 years. One of the highlights of my career at Timmons School was conducting an annual service-learning project called Art with H.E.A.R.T.S (Helping Each Animal Rescued Through Shelters) which used student artwork to raise money for 2 local animal shelters. Over the course of 10 years, we raised more than $10,000! In addition, it was always fun and rewarding to do large, collaborative projects with the students. Some of which, included the Tree of Life mosaic mural, Peace Day art, Dino Day Mural, and displays/art projects for the school wide activity known as One School One Book. The annual Spring Art Show was the culminating event of the year to showcase student’s artwork from K-12. Reviews of the show always included words and phrases like, “awesome!”, “impressive!”, “such talent!”, and “outstanding!”.
Tree of LIfe and Dino Day
OSOB Masterpiece and Art with H.E.A.R.T.S.
Even though I am now retired, I want to continue cultivating the creative processes within young and old alike in my community. I am able to offer experiences in multiple artistic mediums such as painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpting, crafts, weaving and now, ceramics! The addition of a new kiln in the studio will open up all kinds of new clay making opportunities! The pleasure I receive from assisting, encouraging, and motivating my students to produce meaningful, as well as beautiful, pieces of art inspires me daily!
Call 440-708-2557 or stop by and visit me at:
Mrs. Mantz' Purple Pantz Art Studio
9967 East Washington Street, Unit A
Auburn Twp., Ohio 44023