Mrs. Jill Butcher

Professional Biography

In 1978, I graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. While there, I participated in the Campus Crusade for Christ outreach to college students and in dormitory Bible studies. I also displayed a series of canvases in the student center illustrating the message of salvation. My senior year, I was awarded a one-person art show in the Harmon Fine Arts Center Gallery.  After graduating, I moved to Connecticut and worked as Communications Director for the New Haven YWCA. My husband and I then moved to Suffield, Connecticut, where he teaches art at Suffield Academy. While homeschooling our three children, I have taught various art mediums to homeschool cooperatives and to various town recreational department art classes. I have enjoyed teaching in my current position with Community Christian School for nine years.

Personal Biography

My husband, Bill, and I have worked together on theatrical sets for children’s plays since our days in Des Moines, Iowa, while attending Drake University. I have designed and built sets (with my husband’s assistance) at Renbrook Summer Adventure Day Camp for sixteen years. God has called us to work with children of all ages to teach and inspire them to create.  In our spare time, we enjoy going to the Connecticut shoreline to swim, sail (when our boat is in the water), and enjoy God’s creation.

Educational Philosophy

As a teacher of art to so many age levels (preschool through twelfth grade), I am blessed to see students grow in creativity and skill over the years.  My art room timeline gives a broad spectrum of art through the ages (with Biblical highlights) beginning with creation and extending to the present.  The students get a glimpse of what humanity has designed artistically in the past, giving them a standard on which to base their own artwork.  Of course, God’s creation is our ultimate example of creativity and beauty.  My role as their teacher is to inspire them to look to Him for inspiration, to notice everything, and not to fear trying new ways of making art day by day.