Janet Carson earned her BFA in Art Education at University of Illinois in Urbana, IL. She taught 12 years as a public school art teacher.
In 1956, she received a Master of Arts degree from Columbia Teacher’s College and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1963 in painting and printmaking from Michigan State. In 1965 she joined UWEC faculty and split her time between at the Campus Laboratory School , grades 1-6, and university studio and art education classes at the university level. During a 1 yr. leave in 1979, Janet taught children of international and diplomatic parents in Kobe, Japan.
Janet Carson has published several books about art education such as “Tell Me About Your Picture” and “It’s Art Time”. She was passionate about promoting the development of a strong art program in the Eau Claire public schools. An important component of the program involved setting up summer art workshops for children ages 7 -12 through UWEC.
Janet Carson was voted WAEA Art Teacher of the Year 1985. In May, 1991, Janet retired from UWEC.
Janet has shared her love of watercolor painting with watercolor groups and at many workshops. Her artwork is on display and can be seen throughout the region.
“From an early age I knew my destiny was to be a writer or an artist. With the middle name of Wellington how could I do other? My drawing as a child was unremarkable. I designed dresses for my paper dolls and copied pictures from a dog book. I did not win the poster contest! However, the older I became, the more I felt that making art was my main source of comfort and joy. As an art teacher, I witnessed children discovering a reassuring sense of self through making art as well. As an aging adult looking back on those years of making and teaching art, I have experienced elation in sharing it.”