By Kat Stadelmann and Natali Hall
Mrs. Nivens, Brook Hill’s new art teacher, has created a program that has a solid foundation for making AP classes available and improving the artist’s individual skills at The Brook Hill School.
One of her dreams is to expand Brook Hill’s art programs and soon provide more materials such as Mac computers and pottery wheels. She believes it is important for us to be different and to show through art our individuality as a culture. Her prayer for all students is, “to find who they are in Christ and to appreciate their own uniqueness.”
Mrs. Nivens received her bachelors degree in fashion design. She attended her first art class at Baylor in which she fell in love with the arts.
Upon graduation, she taught at multiple schools and found that she loved teaching kids. She even taught online courses to kids from all around the world for a period of time. However, she missed being in the classroom. Finally, there was an opening for Mrs. Nivens at Brook Hill.
She lives in Grapeland, (62 miles from Brook Hill) and said, “the commute has been hard, but I do not plan on leaving anytime soon.”
This year, students have been working hard on a challenging skill level to benefit their artwork. It has really paid off: twenty seven entries are going to the TAPPS state meet. Some of the students this year, Summer Nasser said: “3D art provides different uses of multiple materials and I like the hands on support Mrs. Nivens gives.”
Maddi Travis said: “ I like how I can express myself in a way I cannot do physically. It’s really calming for me.”
Mrs. Nivens has given Brook Hill a new structure for the art program and our students. Overall, she has allowed every student an opportunity to succeed.