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Kelsey Wengel

Wengel Kelsey

Mrs. Kelsey Wengel


Position: Visual Arts Teacher

Courses Taught: Art 1, Art 2, Advanced Art, Advanced Placement Studio Art


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  • High School - Monte Vista High School
  • College - U.C. Santa Barbara, B.A. Visual Art, Minor in Education and Applied Psychology
  • Credentials - Single Subject Art Credential, Sonoma State University


Background: I was born and raised a country girl, moved away to college to become a beach-loving art student, and came back to the bay area, to start my career as a teacher.  I met my husband, Andrew Wengel (also a teacher here), in college, and we married in 2008.  I started teaching in 2007, and am a proud member of the inaugural DVHS Staff~  Building the DVHS Art program from the ground up, has been an ongoing vision of mine, and I’m so proud to be a Wildcat!  I’ve taught many levels of art: Special Education, Art 1, Intermediate, Advanced, AP Studio, and have also taught 3D Art/Ceramics.  
In my spare time, I love to be at home, in the garden, with our sweet little girl, Evelyn- and our pup, Halia.  We love taking road trips to the coast, mountains, city and country- embracing the Bay Area’s beauty! 


Teaching/Educational Philosophy: Art is everything! I KNOW that exposure to the Arts helps students become better-rounded for their future.  Regardless of their field of study, major or career, an art class can teach far beyond simply Art Theory.  Art teaches character….it teaches students to slow down and breathe- to think from different perspectives and to create something from nothing.  Art teaches us to experiment and observe, to find our voice, self-evaluate, make connections and express oneself.  It allows for us to make mistakes and learn from them; while reflecting and embracing change.  We learn to persevere, have an opinion, appreciate beauty, break stereotypes, envision solutions, value aesthetics, innovate concepts and create dialogue.


Notes: We have an outstanding Fine Arts Department here at DVHS.  Many students believe that if they can’t draw, they should not take Art.  Quite the contrary, my friends!  Whether you’re a “natural” or not, you should strongly consider enrolling in some type of Visual Art class.  We literally start in Art 1, with “how to draw a line.”  By the end of the year, you’ll be creating works of art that you’ll be proud to hang in your house (or dorm room!).  Along the way, you’ll meet many new friends, which you wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to meet in other classes.  We promote a calming, musical and happy environment up here in the Fine Art Department – one that is accepting of all abilities.  Come visit us, at the very least, to find out more!  If you’re enrolled in art classes outside of school, come see me with your portfolio, and I’ll recommend the correct class placement for your ability level. 

For more information about the arts in education, visit: 
From the National Arts Education Association:
From the CA Department of Education:

“With the arts, children learn to see.  We want our children to have basic skills. But they also will need sophisticated cognition, and they can learn that through the visual arts.” 
- Eisner, Professor Emeritus of Child Education at Stanford University.


“It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”
–Steve Jobs, in introducing the iPad 2 in 2011
 "A broad education in the arts helps give children a better understanding of their world…We need students who are culturally literate as well as math and science literate."
–Paul Ostergard, Vice President, Citicorp
“Arts education aids students in skills needed in the workplace: flexibility, the ability to solve problems and communicate, the ability to learn new skills, to be creative and innovative, and to strive for excellence.”
– Joseph M. Calahan, Director of Cooperate Communications, Xerox Corporation