Phone: (208) 578-5020 Ext. 2243
Degrees and Certifications:
BFA: University of Hawaii, MFA: Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles County Teaching credential: UNLV WRHS Rooms: C 111 (Studio Arts) C 108 (Ceramics and 3-D)
Hi - I'm Betty Ervin, the Art Teacher and Fine Arts Department Head at WRHS. I've been teaching art for the past 24 years. I taught 9 years at a private school in Las Vegas, where I worked with middle school and high school students. Our family moved to Hailey, Idaho in 2000. The first year I was in the valley I taught elementary art at The Community School.
I've been teaching at Wood River since 2001; I love teaching high school students - they are my favorite age group to work with! At WRHS I teach a variety of drawing and painting classes and ceramic courses, as well as PreAP and AP Studio Art, plus I am the advisor for Art Club and the Fine Arts Department Head.
I grew up in Hawaii, moving there when I was in 3rd grade with my parents and siblings. I lived in Hawaii for 18 years. There I earned my BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Hawaii). I moved to L.A. in 1984 where I attended Otis Art Institute, and earned my Master of Fine Art in 1986. Upon graduation, I rented a loft studio in downtown L.A. and had gallery representation at The Works Gallery in Long Beach. I met my husband while working at the Biltmore Hotel. Long story short, we married and moved to Las Vegas. I returned to school at UNLV to attain my teaching certification. My husband and I have two children, a daughter and son. Our daughter, Rian is now 28 living and working in Washington D.C. My son, Bryce is 24, he is an Admissions Counsler at Bowdoin College in Maine.
I love being outdoors, gardening, hiking, walking my dogs etc... I enjoy camping and I love cooking. My passion, however is art, I love making things, brainstorming, coming up with visual ideas/challenges for myself and my students. I love my job, helping students create works of art. The best way I've found to describe my job is: "teaching art defines me and who I am". And without art all we would have is nature.
I look forward to meeting you sometime throughout the school year.
My prep hours are 3rd and 4th period
Open studio from 7:30 am - 4:30pm for self directed work
Lunch time, if I am in my classroom