Art Instructor, Crystal Cathedral Academy, Garden Grove, CA.
Presently, I am working on an M.F.A. in Drawing and Painting at the Academy of Art University. The focused program has helped to bring my art to a new level of maturity. For me the human face, the expression and the psychology of portraiture has always been my main focus and passion, which is why I am concentrating on traditional portraiture for my graduate studies.
Courtney Doane Courtney Doane
, oil pastel
Encouragement and guidance through Concordia University's Art Program contributes to the success of each student. The leadership received through the Art Program develops a strong foundation and appreciation for the Arts. With this knowledge came growth and the ability to mentor students and instill within them the same love of art. -Courtney Doane
Visual Arts Instructor and Director of the Ignite Mentoring Program, Orange Lutheran High School, Orange, CA.
Todd Eklund working with Exploratory Art
, 12" x 18", acrylic on masonite
The time and experience I spent as an Art major at Concordia truly allowed me to search, find, and begin my journey as both an artist and art educator. During my four years at Concordia, my vision, voice, and passion as a student artist began to unfold through my work and studies. This ultimately allowed my work to fruitfully progress and led me into the field of Art Education. As a student, the faculty at Concordia not only supported my work and artistic endeavors, but also guided and encouraged me to pursue my passion for the artistic process beyond my degree. Following my graduation from Concordia, I was able to pursue a M.A. in Art Education at the University of Arizona. Equipped with a diversity of tools gained from my experience at Concordia and beyond, the Lord then called me to teach at Orange Lutheran High School, California, where I currently serve as a Visual Arts instructor and as Director of the Ignite mentoring program. Through my educational experiences, God has truly allowed me to find teaching a celebrated privilege and the visual arts classroom a site of radical possibility. -Todd Eklund