Meet our 2019 Instructors
Creative Writing - Kim Schooler
I am a National Board Certified teacher with 21 years in education, the past 15 at Truman Elementary in Norman. During summers and evenings I tutor students in a variety of subject areas but many in writing. As a teacher consultant for the Oklahoma Writing Project and the Oklahoma State Writing Project, both branches of the National Writing Project, I provide professional development to other teachers across the state to improve writing instruction. Working with teacher consultants in the Oklahoma Writing Project I have conducted numerous Young Writers’ Nights based on various themes such as superheroes, mysteries, rock and roll, Oklahoma history, pirates and more. These events serve as a fun, creative venue for students to experiment, and develop a love of writing. The past two summers I have assisted the OKC Myriad Children’s Garden festival with writing activities in the summer. My personal philosophy is writing is a life skill, filled with power, and a vehicle for self expression and discovery. My strong passion for writing has led me to Washington D.C. numerous times to advocate for further funding in education and more emphasis on writing instruction. I am thrilled to work with the Norman Creativity Camp this summer!
Videography - Matt Skuta
Matt Skuta is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Film and Media Studies program. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles and has worked on dozens of film and television projects including Venom (2018) and HBO’s Westworld. He is currently working on season 3 of Westworld as an on-set visual effects data wrangler. Matt has also published a children’s book titled The Bee with the Backward Stripes which was released in February 2018.
Our very own Zac Stevens will be our lead instructor for Photography Week. Having been interested in photography from a young age, Zac got his first camera while in grade school and hasn’t looked back. While he was a journalism student and professional, he did sports and news photography for newspapers, magazines, and books, but no matter if it’s work or play, photography has been a hobby he’s loved for most of his life. Whether it’s photographing breathtaking scenes of exotic places, or finding the odd visual surprises in everyday life, Zac loves to find creative ways to capture interesting and inspiring glimpses of our world.
PAINTING - DON SCHOOLER
I was that kid in class drawing pictures in the corners of his text books, making sports banners for Friday night football games, and getting a buck or two every now and again for drawing “tattoos” on guys’ arms, or a picture of R2D2, Darth Vader, or Chewbacca. Star Wars was a REALLY BIG DEAL when I was in 4th Grade!
During college I worked part-time as a graphic artist at Slo-bird Studios, Stillwater, OK. Best. Job. Ever. I worked on projects for Eskimo Joes, the Wooden Nickel, Ditch Witch, Remington Park, a statewide political campaign, local newspaper ads, a video arcade, and even a calf fry.
Today, I’m an attorney for the State of Oklahoma, which I enjoy very much and which pays the bills, but I still make time for my art. I’ve redesigned Dewey Public Schools, Dewey, OK, mascot (Bulldogger); created a mascot for the Truman Trailblazers, Truman Elementary & Primary, Norman, OK (Harry Bear); and, created a mascot for the Oklahoma Workers Safety Policy Council, Dept. of Labor, OK (Safety Bee). I was one of several artists who created a coloring book for the Oklahoma Historical Society, for Black History Month, in celebration of notable Oklahomans. I have received honorariums from the Norman Arts Council to create public works of art in Norman. OK. I’m an Artist in Residence at my church, NorthHaven, Norman, OK; co-founder of the NorthHaven Society for the Sacred Arts (NSSA); and, former head of the church’s Children’s Summer Arts Academy. I’ve been a visiting artist at Truman Elementary and Primary, Norman, OK, where each year I’ve worked with students to create original acrylic paintings for Mother’s Day and several art pieces for their families at Christmas. I’ve taught several “paint-and-palette” type classes to adults and children alike. I’m a former member of the Oklahoma Art Guild, OKC, OK, and a current board member of The Depot, Norman, OK. I’m also an artist for Art-O-Mat out of Winston-Salem, NC, www.artomat.org, which is bringing affordable, original art to the public through refurbished cigarette vending machines, and which has allowed me to distribute my art across the country and overseas. I’ve traveled with six other artists to Istanbul, Turkey, to study and teach art to children. And I’ve participated in several group and solo shows, in media as diverse as acrylic, oil, pastel, pen & ink, and encaustic.
But at the end of the day, I’m just a guy who really digs making a mess making art.