You Say Goodbye…

After many many years passing her creative skills onto the youth of our Summer Arts Program, artist and teacher Rebecca Rousseau is leaving for the wide open spaces of Wyoming. Read on to learn a little about where she is headed and what she has done here.


I’ll be heading to Sheridan, Wyoming in July after teaching art in Raleigh for the past 20 years.  It will be both exciting and difficult to head west. I’m excited about new landscapes and new adventures in teaching and painting out west, but it’ll be hard to say goodbye to the wonderful adventures I’ve had here.

Western landscape

I’ve been teaching at Artspace some 10 years now. I’ve taught dog portraits, floorcloth painting, mirror making, abstract painting and lots more over the past 10 summers, and I’ve had great experiences working in the Process & Product program.  I think teaching dog portraits probably is my favorite because pets are personal to the children and their depictions of their loved ones are so sweet.  The staff at Artspace has always been very supportive of me and great with the children. I love that the artist studios are available to us when the summer classes are in session because I enjoy taking the children into professional artists spaces; the children always leave feeling inspired to create more.


I’m excited about teaching one last round of summer classes in June. I’ll be teaching Fabulous Flowers for 5 to 7 year olds and my favorite, It’s a Dog’s Life, for 7-10 year olds during Session 1: June 12 – 16.

Thanks to everyone for making this adventure the best I could ever imagine!

– Rebecca Rousseau



About Mary Kay Kennedy

Mary Kay Kennedy is the Development & Communications Associate at Artspace. Her previous experience is in gallery management and she has a B.F.A. in Photography. She is very involved with the art community and volunteers her time to the Visual Art Exchange and other local art organizations. She lives in Raleigh with one dog, one tortoise, one fish, two birds, one husband, and two children.

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