Visual Art Classes


Inspiration and skills go hand in hand in our visual arts classes. Students are encouraged to express their creativity while experimenting with various media and studying significant works of art and influential artists of today.


Our instruction focuses on utilizing principles and elements of art and mastery of media.



Sherry Jones

Visual Arts Instructor

Sherry Roe Jones, a native of Harrison, Arkansas has been drawing since she can remember. Her architect father always kept his children entertained at his office with mounds of scrap blueprints and his large carousel of Prismacolors in every color imaginable! At the age of fifteen, Sherry began oil-painting under the guidance of Gene Brantley of The Gallery in Harrison. From the start, oils were an easy and enjoyable medium for her.

Taking a more practical route, Sherry majored in nutrition and is a registered dietitian but she continued her art studies during college and beyond, taking art classes at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, as well as drawing classes at the Arkansas Arts Center.

She has won recognition in regional art competitions and recently had a gallery showing at the Center for Art and Education in Van Buren. Sherry’s specialty is portraiture and she works in oil, charcoal, graphite and pastel. Sherry is a member of the Greenwood Art Guild and she resides in Dayton, Arkansas with her husband, Kevin Jones, and daughters Karly and Katy Grace.


Marianne Nicodemus

Visual Arts Instructor

Marianne Nicodemus is an art instructor and practicing artist who lives in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She attained her Bachelors of Interior Design at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

She currently teaches art full time in the Van Buren school district. She teaches visual arts to promote creativity and self-confidence through art. Her personal artwork consists of painting and alternative media techniques.

She enjoys painting with her hands and feet, and drawing with heat and fire. Her passion is creativity through experimentation, and she encourages her students to experiment in their own work in order to reach their full creative potential.