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Mark Kistler’s 2017
Visual & Performing Fine Arts

Full-Day Visual & Performing Fine Arts Summer Camp!

Mark Kistler On-Site, IN-PERSON Every Day, Every Session!

Visual and Perform Arts 2013 Fine Art Camp Slide ShowClick here to see the video from the
“Visual and Performing Fine Arts Summer Camp”! 

WOW! Mark Kistler and his group of AMAZING ARTS EDUCATORS from around the country are joining creative talents to offer an AWESOME FULL-WEEK FULL-DAY VISUAL FINE ARTS SUMMER CAMP. Art Camp will be Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm for ages 6-16.


Visual Fine Arts Summer Camp teachers include a National Award Winning Claymation Animator, an Award Winning Visual Arts Teachers …and of course “Mark Kistler” from Public Television’s Emmy Award winning “Imagination Station”!

Mark Kistler’s Full-Day Visual Fine Arts Summer Camp will be Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm for ages 6-16. ALL CAMPERS will have the thrill of experiencing ALL classes including…Claymation/ Puppetry Stop Motion Animation, Cartooning, Musical Theater, Drama, Voice, Dance (jazz, modern, street hip-hop), Drawing in 3-D, Watercolor Painting and 3-D Pop-up Art.

Cost For Full-Day Art Camp for 5 Days

Monday – Friday   9:00am – 4:00pm

1 Student


Ages 6 – 16
+Each Additional Student

$349 ea.

Ages 6 – 16

Sign-Up Today!
(Includes $59 art supplies fee for materials consumed during the camp)

Introducing our 2017 Visual Fine Arts Camp Teachers

markarmsMark Kistler – Author – TV Host – Teacher – Dad – Ring Leader

Over the past two decades, Mark Kistler has taught millions of children how to draw in 3-D at over 7000 school assembly workshops and summer camps around the world, including Australia, Germany, England, Scotland, Mexico and the United States.

His starring roles as Commander Mark and Captain Mark in the hit children’s public television series The Secret City(1986), The Draw Squad(1989), and The New Secret City Adventures, have been enjoyed in six countries. His most recent self-produced public television series, Mark Kistler’s Imagination Station(1996, 1999 and 2008), has aired on over 150 Public Television stations nationwide. This series won a regional Emmy Award in 2010.

Mark has written and illustrated many popular children’s drawing books with Simon & Schuster Publishers, Learn to Draw with Commander Mark, Mark Kistler’s Draw Squad, The Imagination Station, and Drawing in 3-D with Mark Kistler. With Scholastic Publishers, his four book children’s series is titled Dare to Draw in 3-D! This past February, he released his first book oriented more for adults, “You Can Draw in 30 Days. ”

Mark deeply believes that learning how to draw in 3-D builds a child’s critical thinking skills while nourishing self-esteem. His positive messages on self-image, dream questing, environmental awareness and the power of reading have inspired millions of children to discover their awesome individual potential.

Born in Ohio, raised in San Diego, Kistler now lives outside Houston, Texas. He enjoys tennis, sailing, dense novels and not travelling. He wishes his family could have cats, he loves cats. Unfortunately, Mark’s allergies to cats causes him to cry like a baby.

Mark’s Notes to Parents/Guardians:

Thanks for your interest in our Visual and Performing Fine Arts Summer Camp. Class sizes in Wauwatosa are about 15-25 per group. We normally separate the groups as follows:

  • 6-7 years
  • 8-10 years
  • 11-13 years
  • 14-17 years

The 6-7 year old group has 2 dedicated parent facilitators that are assigned to this group.  They rotate through all classes all-day with this group.

Each Art Teacher has 1-3 assigned parent facilitators that are in the classrooms to assist the teachers and your children.

Our end of the week Visual and Performing Arts Camp Grand Performance is 2:00pm – 4:00pm Friday. Doors open at 1:45pm. Admission is free and all are welcome to enjoy this talent extravaganza!

Thanks again for your interest!  Once you register your children you will receive your PayPal payment receipt…THIS IS YOUR CONFIRMATION that you have paid and have a confirmed art camper.  APPROXIMATELY 10 days before Art Camp you will receive a more detailed welcome letter email with more information about what we suggest campers bring to camp, wear to camp, and first day check in procedures.

Mark Kistler


eve-ross-200sEve Ross is an award winning illustrator, designer, and art director.

Eve and Mark are closing in on 35 years of friendship after meeting as young kids growing up on the beach surfing in San Diego, California! Eve spent this time in her life painting, teaching children’s art classes, was awarded first place in the San Diego Watercolor Society competition, and “Best Young Artist in Southern California” at the Del Mar Fair / SoCal Exposition. Her painting, also a watercolor, went on a tour through national museums across the country.

While Mark was suiting up as Commander Mark and launching the Imagination Station, his children’s drawing show on PBS, Eve was headed off to Otis/Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles, and then on to Europe to study at Parsons in Paris, France.

While there she studied fine art painting (watercolor, oil, gouache, and acrylic), sculpture (metalworking, welding, and bronze casting), woodworking, ceramics, printmaking (linoleum block, copper plate, lithography, and letterpress), and photography. She has expansive knowledge and experience in a wide multitude of mediums. Watercolor and gouache, an opaque watercolor, are her passion.

Her time in Paris turned her eye toward illustration and communication design, launching her into a lifetime love of typography and pantone color chips. Over the course of her design career, she has had the privilege to work with some of the most talented and interesting people in her industry, developing brand identities and marketing campaigns for some of the largest businesses and entertainment franchises in the world.
Following college she had the privilege to work with one of her most highly regarded professors at Otis, Melanie Paykos, one of the original designers of the Star Wars and Raider’s of the Lost Ark franchises for Lucas Films. She then headed for San Francisco where she worked at a gem of a studio, Jim Ales Design designing marketing and retail campaigns for Levi Strauss. Jim has been heading the design department for the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California for nearly 25 years now.

Her most exciting adventure brought her back down to Los Angeles to head up the Creative Department for Klasky-Csupo, Inc., working with Nickelodeon on such animated classics as THE RUGRATS, REAL MONSTERS, and THE WILD THORNBERRY’S. Serving as Art Director and Designer for this exceptional animation studio, she was responsible for creating press kits, style guides, logos, trade show booth designs, advertising campaigns, packaging, and sales promotional materials for all divisions of the company. While at Klasky-Csupo, she won the London International Design Award for her Press Kit and Style Guide designs for their animated show on CBS, SANTO BUGITO.

In addition, she ran her own small design studio, working as an independent designer with various clients and studios including Disney, Nickelodeon, to name a few, and wrote a children’s television show she is working to bring to life.

Fun fact about Eve, and one of her proudest achievements …she was one of two final candidates for a position as a rare female Blacksmith (only one other has ever held the position) at Historical Colonial Williamsburg, in Virginia! Her metal-working, sculpture, and construction experience made her a frontrunner. In the end, the position was given to someone with specific 18th century metal-working experience, but boy was she close!

As the Mom of two amazing kids, most of her time is spent making magic….cooking, baking, sewing Halloween costumes, washing the dog, tending her garden, taking care of the fish, hand-casting plaster dinosaur teeth for party favors, volunteering, and shuttling kids around from baseball to theater, and yes, lots of time teaching kids art! Her most recent creative undertaking has been creating elaborate cookie art for various clients and events. You wouldn’t believe what this woman can do with gingerbread and icing!

If she had it to do all over again she would be a paleontologist and roam around the world digging for dinosaur fossils. Her husband swears she was a dog in a previous life, and her favorite movie of all time is Finding Nemo.












She is so excited to be teacher Color Theory and Application with Color Pencils and Watercolor at Mark Kistler’s Visual and Performing Fine Arts Camp 2017!



Johanna Shread- Artist, Animator, Illustrator, Art Teacher- 3-D Pop-Up Art

Hi I’m Johanna! I’m originally from New England, I grew up watching cartoons and drawing in many, many sketchbooks during the long one hour commute to my grade school.

My dream as a child was to be an animator. However, as a young adult I decided to try something different and went into Interior Architecture and Design. I spent years working as a high end commercial interior designer in the heart of New York City.

After a while, being a spontaneous artist I felt the need to change it up. I decided to move closer to my parents in the Midwest. This was a good move for my inner child. At the suggestion of my Mom I finally took some classes in animation at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Not long into the first semester I was encouraged by instructors to pursue further education as an animator. The thought of a chance to really fulfill my childhood dream was exciting! I applied and was accepted to the Vancouver Film School in the Classical Animation program. It was during my time at VFS that I created my first traditionally animated short film; “It Gets Worse.” My hand drawn film which is basically a stack of paper about 14” tall making up 02:43 minutes of cartoon fun, has graced the screens of a dozen or more film festivals.

Shortly after graduating from VFS I landed a job at Bardel Entertainment, also in Vancouver B.C., as an animator on Disney Jr’s “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.” As we all say in the field, “animation is easy, it’s like riding a bike, but the bike is on fire, you’re on fire, everything is on fire.” Despite the hard work and long hours, it was still fun and totally worth it!

Feeling homesick for the U.S. after living in Canada for over two years, I moved back home to once again be close to friends and family in Wisconsin, where I now reside.

My artistic goals and education have brought me to many different places, introducing me to a wide variety of artists, building on my personal artistic style and abilities. I currently freelance fine art, cartoons, and interior design. I enjoy substitute teaching with a career in art education in sight. My assortment of art degrees and experiences make me the “crazy” artist I am today. I’m happy to work with kids from K-12 in schools, especially in art classes! I always tell my students that anyone can do art, and you can always “Do More Art!”

I’m sooooo THRILLED to be teaching 3-D POP-Up Art at Mark Kistler’s Fine Arts Camp!

Portfolio Website:

Vimeo Demo Reel and Films:

Click the image to visit Johanna’s Vimeo video pages.

Johanna L. Schread Animation Demo Reel from Johanna Schread on Vimeo.

Jon T Brown – Animator, Illustrator, Cartoonist

When Jon Brown was a kid he started out every Saturday watching Looney Tunes and Johnny Quest cartoons on an old black and white Zenith and he was hooked! Jon filled the margins of his notebooks with drawings of aliens until he discovered that there was something called “Art Class” where you could actually study the art of drawing aliens!

Jon went to school at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where he studied Art, Film, and eventually graduated with a degree in English. That was all fine and good, but he just wanted to draw. draw, draw, so he went back to school to study animation at Vancouver Film School in British Columbia. That’s where he found the thing that makes him tick. He worked in television animation on shows like “Rickey Sprocket” and “Being Ian” as an animator, layout artist, and prop designer.

Jon moved back to his hometown of Milwaukee and now he teaches animation to kids and adults, works on his own 2D and stop-motion films, and does freelance commercial work. He just started posting animation tutorials on Youtube as well! You can check out his work on Youtube or his website!


































Jon T Brown is EXCITED to be teaching  CLAYMATION at Mark Kistler’s Fine Arts Camp!





Click Here! Watch some of Special Guest Artists Jamie & Tommy’s work
Click Here! Watch some of the

past student’s work


Heather Closson- Musical Theater, Drama, Voice

Heather Closson is an award-winning choreographer, dancer, and actress from Northeast Indiana. She graduated from Ball State University with a B.S. in Dance Performance. Upon graduation, she worked for and studied at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the American Dance Festival, training professionally in dance and technical theatre. More recently, Heather served as the Fort Wayne Youtheatre’s Outreach & Technical Director, teaching creative drama, stagecraft, musical theatre dance, and leading their award-winning StoryBook Theatre Troupe.

As an avid performer, Heather danced professionally with dAnce.Kontemporary for three years. She’s appeared in stage productions including Mary Poppins, Avenue Q, Joseph and the…Dreamcoat, Catch Me If You Can, and A Chorus Line. As an arts educator, Heather continues to share her passions through master classes, private lessons, and choreographing for showcases, competition teams, and educational/community theatre. Specializing in musical theatre choreography, she has choreographed for over thirty productions throughout the state of Indiana. Her choreography has also appeared in several Fort Wayne Philharmonic productions, including their annual “Holiday Pops” concert.

Heather is very excited to be joining the team- Mark Kistler’s amazing team! She can’t wait to share her knowledge of theatre, musical theatre, and dance with all of you talented campers. Be sure to find her and say hello… She’ll be the one using a paper fan trying to beat the heat!


Ryan Shaw – Cartoon University, Artist, Cartoonist, Children’s Book Illustrator, Graphic Designer

Practically ever since he was able to pick up a pencil, Ryan Shaw has been drawing. After many years of “cartooning” with pencil and paper as a hobby, and with the encouragement of friends and family, he decided to turn his love of drawing into his occupation. He worked hard to improve his skills, becoming a cartoonist, graphic designer, and published children’s book illustrator.

To date, Ryan has illustrated nine children’s books for 4RV Publishing and LongTale Publishing, and in 2009 won 1st place in the nationwide ABC’s Children’s Book Competition. From 2010 through 2014 he taught drawing and illustration techniques for kids in grades 2 through 8 at Creative Writing and Illustration Summer Camps for iWrite Literacy Organization.

It was through teaching at these camps that Ryan decided that he wanted to focus his talents more on inspiring kids directly to open up their creativity and imagination through drawing. In 2013, Ryan created Cartoon University (or “Cartoon U”) to help teach kids the building blocks of drawing cartoons through the use of shapes. With Cartoon U, he has created How to Draw books for kids of all ages that build upon this technique. Ryan is super excited to be a part this year’s group of art instructors for Mark Kistler’s Visual and Performing Fine Arts Camp!

Ryan is member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the non-profit iWrite Literacy Organization. He resides in Spring, TX with his wife Maddi and two dogs Sherlock and BeeGee.
The goal of Ryan’s lessons are:

* To inspire kids to expand their creativity and imagination through drawing.
* See for themselves the satisfaction in creating their own art, and cartoon characters
* Build their confidence to open doors to art, writing, and other activities they may have not thought were attainable.

Here are some sample work done by Ryan:

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Take a look at these FUNTASTIC videos from past Fine Arts Camps!

Feature LIVE Webcast Guest Artists – Rod Thornton and Brandon Ray!

spiderman400Rod Thornton – “Spider Man”, “Bat Man” Comic Super Hero Artist, retired Houston Fire Fighter, Planet Earths BEST BBQ Chef!

Not only has Rod been a Featured Guest Artist in our Virtual Classroom, he is also our Special Guest Artist at our Visual and Performing Arts Fine Arts Summer Camp! ALL CAMPERS will have the fun of learning how to draw Super Hero comics with professional Comic Artist Rod Thornton. Rod has drawn professional comics for Anarchy Studios (Sci-Fi Channel), submissions for DC Comics, Marvel Comics and has his own Comic Publishing Company. He will soon be releasing his own Children’s Comic Series, too. Here is one of his drawings that was the published cover of the Comic Convention Guide Book…how many characters do you recognize?comic-con-cover

Rod has been a “Featured Guest Artist” several times on Mark Kistlers LIVE weekly webcast Virtual Classroom, (, During these LIVE hour-Long classes we have learned that Rod is a retired Firefighter with The Houston Fire Department for 15 years. He was in a terrible car accident that broke his femur in six places and a radiating break into the hip. After 2-1/2 years on crutches and going through intense re-hab, his personal faith in god forced him into realize he had to “act as if it was so”. He tossed the crutches aside and hobbled into his local Kuk Sool Won Martial Arts Training school. Through pain, perseverance, and an unflappable spirit of optimism he WON TWO GOLD MEDALS AND ONE SILVER at THE WORLD KUK SOOL WON CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1996! Yeeeehaw!!


Rod Thornton went on to teach martial arts and pursue his childhood dream of being a professional comic book artist! Now he runs his own comic book publishing company, travels the country drawing commissions at Comic Con conventions, drawing freelance for Indy Comic Companies… Also during his spare time, he trains professional protection bodyguards. Four of these guards offer personal protection for visiting celebrities and National Sports Figures.

Rod is very enthusiastic about sharing his passion for Comic Book Illustration with ALL CAMPERS at our Summer Fine Arts Camp!


Click on images below to see Rod Thornton’s work!


Brandon Ray Introductory Video

Brandon Ray Promotional Video

B. Ray AnimationBrandon Ray – Paper Cut Animator/ Media Creator

B.Ray is a self-taught animator that likes cheese tasting, beard grooming, and pretending to be a musician. If you’d like, you can call him B. Ray (pronounced like, “Beehray”). That’s basically how he rolls.

Most recently animated the opening for the 2013 Only in Houston Awards honoring Alfred Cervantes of the Houston Film Commission. Before that, he animated a single sentence from Sam Pink’s novel “Rontel” for Electric Literature.

B. Ray has been doing a web series for the past couple years called Paper People Jokes (people send him jokes and he animates them with stop-motion construction paper). In fact, the series was a Shortlisted for the Vimeo Festival + Awards in both 2010 and 2012, which was pretty cool considering that there were 15,000 other entries it was competing with.

B. Ray’s animated works have been featured on Nickelodeon’s Channel Frederator three times, as well as numerous international film festivals and screenings. His animations have also been chosen as a Staff Pick by Vimeo on four different occasions.

In 2008, B. Ray met his childhood hero “Commander” Mark Kistler and had him make a guest appearance on a 5-part animated series.

Now, take a look at some actual 1-hour class session lesson paper cut animation movies!

Now, take a look at these ACTUAL STUDENT Paper Cut Animated Movies…YOU CAN LEARN TO DO THIS TOO!

Click Here! Watch B.Ray’s work here!

Cost For Full-Day Art Camp for 5 Days

Monday – Friday   9:00am – 4:00pm

1 Student


Ages 6 – 16
+Each Additional Student

$349 ea.

Ages 6 – 16

Sign-Up Today!
(Includes $59 art supplies fee for materials consumed during the camp)

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