VISUAL ARTS FACULTY

Visual Arts Dept. Chair, Animation Instructor

Michelle Boucher was born and raised in Burbank, CA and is an alumna of Providence High School as well as St. Finbar School. During her years as a student at Providence, she participated in the Medical Focus program while also acting as Student Body Sports Commissioner. She has been on the faculty at Providence for 11 years, holding teaching positions in the Fine Arts, English, and Physical Education Departments. Her love of Athletics has led her to a 12th year coaching Cross-country and 13th year coaching Track. Currently, Michelle is active in the Visual Arts Department teaching Photography, Ceramics, Art 1 and Animation. She continues to develop her skills through professional workshops, most recently focusing on digital photography and Flash Animation.

Visual Arts Instructor

Joanie Fenstermaker grew up in Lakewood, California, and graduated from the University of San Francisco with a degree in Theology. She received a Master’s Degree in Catholic School Administration from Loyola Marymount University. She began her formal instruction in art through multiple drawing classes, as well as studying drawing and painting in Florence, Italy. She is currently pursuing a certification in 3-Dimensional Art. She has been teaching at Providence for a total of 15 years, first in the Religious Studies Department, then as Director of Campus Ministry, now in the Visual Arts Department for the past 4 years. Currently, she teaches Art 1, Advanced Art and Ceramics. She is looking forward to teaching Sculpture/3-Dimensional Design in the future. Ms. Fenstermaker hopes her students learn to love creating art that they are proud of. She strives to help her students stretch beyond what they think they can do, by seeing things through artist’s eyes and boldly trying new ways of self-expression through the visual arts.

A.P. Studio Art Instructor

Courtney Abruzzo teaches AP Studio Art here at Providence High School. After graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, she spent several years working as a freelance corporate and editorial illustrator. She has been the Visual Arts K-8 teacher at St. Finbar School in Burbank for the past fourteen years as well as a visiting artist at many local area schools. She is a member of and has been a presenter at the Burbank Art Association. Courtney’s goal as an art teacher is to help students become critical and creative thinkers and expert visual communicators with a lifelong appreciation for the arts. Many of her students have won awards and gone on to prestigious art colleges where they have continued their studies.

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