We are thrilled to have award winning artist and JDA alumnae Lisa Zadravec back as our Art Director at Camp Jeanne d’Arc this summer. Lisa will be acting director and will be in attendance the second half of camp.
Lisa has been running her own art camps in Virginia for two decades. She believes that, “If taught correctly, an artist is a person who can do anything.” Whatever field a person chooses, the training of creative problem solving, seeing things from a different perspective, and carrying a project through to completion, are invaluable life skills.
Trained in traditional methods at the Corcoran School of Art, but always innovative in her approach, Lisa asserts, “You cannot go forward if you forget all that was learned in the past.” Lisa agrees with the former Harvard president who said, “I have a conviction that a few weeks spent in a well-organized summer camp may be of more value educationally than a whole year of formal school work.”
Lisa is respected for her teaching, her writing and her artwork. She co-founded a School of the Arts and has taught in many venues in Northern Virginia. Originally from Washington, DC, Lisa began taking art classes at age four. By 10, she was studying in the adult program at the Corcoran School of Art. She studied again at the Corcoran on the collegiate level, as well as with artists of the DC Color School. Her award-winning work in colored pencil portraiture is recognized internationally, featured in books and magazines. Lisa insists that teaching will always be an important aspect of who she is as an artist. “We all have been given the directive to multiply our gifts,” she says. “I can think of no better way than to share mine while watching more art be created than I’d ever be able to do myself.”