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Art School for Children History and Staff

History of the Art School for Children

The Art School for Children was established in 1977 with an enrollment of 30 students. Dr. Ellin Grossman and Mary Ann Boykin worked together to develop model curricula and teaching methods for diverse ages and learners.

After teaching with the Art School for 10 years, Dr. Ann Waltz served as the program director from 2005-2017. Dr. David Moya took over as director in the spring of 2017 and became a clinical assistant professor for the E-12 art education track in the summer of 2020. The program has expanded to an annual enrollment of over 1,200 students. Classes are held at UH-Clear Lake, after school at numerous elementary schools in the Clear Creek and Friendswood Independent School Districts, at local private schools, and at home school groups.

The Art School for Children is dedicated to offering art classes that benefit all children, inspire pre service teachers, give additional options for professional teachers, and serve families and the community.

Meet the Team

Classes are taught by our director, university students, certified teachers, and others with strong backgrounds in art and/or art education.

Director - David Moya

David Moya was named the director of the Art School for Children in September 2017.  He earned his Bachelor of Fine Art and Master of Arts in Humanities from University of Houston-Clear Lake. In spring of 2020, he earned a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (S.T.E.M.). He hopes to use this knowledge to create a transdisciplinary curriculum within the Art School for Children and Young Adults. 

Business Administrator - Beth Sheppard

Beth manages registration, enrollment records, and scheduling. She is eager to assist and inform when questions arise. Beth can also provide information to anyone interested in volunteering to work with the art school. 

Program Coordinator - Michaela Dillman

Michaela is an alumni of UHCL and the BFA program as well as a former public elementary art educator. She is passionate and has deep appreciation for the transformative power of art education. She is committed to fostering creativity, nurturing talent, and facilitating a supportive community within the art school.



  • Art School for Children

    Phone: 281-283-3344
    Email: childrensart@UHCL.edu

    Arbor Building 1315
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 154
    Houston, TX 77058-1002