Art Education Background

Susan Neilson has a background in arts education for students of all ages and at all levels.  In the summer of 2016, Neilson retired from her position at OKM Secondary School as Art Teacher. Then she filled in for a semester at UBC Okanagan, teaching two sections of the Visual Arts Education methods course for the Faculty of Education. 

Now, Susan Neilson is working as a self-employed artist in Forest House Studio while also teaching occasional workshops in the community.

Neilson also occasionally supports students in developing art portfolios for high school independent studies, preparing for university admission.


Many of the notes posted on the blog pages of this site are related to visual arts education because they were created for sharing with students and teachers.

Other posts just explore inspirations and creative processes in Forest House Studio.  

Instagram is another place for studio process posts, usually about once or twice each week. The Instagram user name is  

Handprints and Mixed Art Making Materials - Art Methods Course Introduction & Planning

We respect the privacy of students. Photo examples of student work are sometimes posted with permission, but without names or with first names only depending on student or parent requests. 



Here is a link to a post category page where notes related to teaching for the art methods course, and new posts about art education will be found.

General Teaching Notes
Secondary School Art Education

Neilson closed her full website for Visual Arts at Okanagan Mission Secondary School in Kelowna ( However, some educational resources shifted over to this Forest House Studio site. A few lesson examples are archived as examples for future reference.

Some note portions that were connected to the main original OKM visual arts site may still be found at : ,but the most recent posts have been cleared, with parts archived here:

High School Art Lesson Sample Archive
School mascot husky posing for life drawing
Charcoal student gesture drawings of Yukon the husky
Planning a Steampunk Project
Student Charcoal Drawing Still Life Reflections Coffee and Tea
Student Self Portrait