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Mimi Barreras

email: mimi.barreras@prepclasses.org

Mrs. Barreras is a lifetime artist who has been teaching art formally and informally, classes and individuals, homeschool and a bit of public school, for over 29 years. She has a BFA in Art Education from Baylor University and is very much an art educator. Mrs. Barreras loves to pass on her passion for art in both teaching art skills and passing along the aspects in which we all use art in life in reflection of our Creator, but mostly she just takes joy in interacting and working with her precious students and watching them grow to be great adults. Mrs. Barreras has homeschooled her own 11 children for 23 years now and has a few college grads and some daughters-in-law, soon to be 2 grands, and a handful of progenies of the adult and child varieties still at home. She has been happily married to Tony for 28 years and the family is actively involved in Magnolia Bible Church, music of all sorts, lots of youth theater, and too much politics. And when Mrs. Barreras is not managing all of the above or trying to feed all those people, she paints.  A lot.

Teacher's Classes

PLEASE NOTE: If your child took elementary art this past year or the year before, this next year will be primarily NEW curriculum, not a repeat of the past year or two. Same traditional art concepts, different lessons. Curriculum repeats every 3rd year.

Students will learn the basic elements and principles of art while at the same time experiencing art in a fun and tactile manner.  Elementary art is very much about exposure to different art media and the learning of tactile and visual skills.  This is a fun course where students learn to think about art, see and examine the world, but also learn how to use their hands, their arms, a pencil, a brush, etc., all sorts of 2D and 3D media to create in reflection of their Creator.  At the end of this course, students should walk out knowing that art experience is fun, that doing art is great for everyone, should have improved lifetime tactile and visual skills, and have little fear or intimidation of trying and learning new things. 

Your $70 supply fee covers all the in-class items like giant paper and brushes and paint, etc. I encourage every family to purchase their student their own sketchbook, a set of good drawing pencils and sharpener, a pink pearl type eraser, and a set of colored pencils to practice at home. If you have similar things already at home, that will suffice. (May I suggest that Ross or beginning of year school sales often have these basic items for a very inexpensive price.)

Class minimum is 6.  Class minimum must be reached by August 9 for this class to be considered to make. Please register early and pay your first month’s tuition and fees to both hold your spot and to make my planning easier.  Should this class not make, families will have the option to shift their enrollment to the other elementary art section.

The first month’s $50 tuition (Sept) plus $70 supply fee is due upon registration and is refundable up until August 13.  NOTE:  This means your first real payment after school starts is due first class in October. Last payment will be in May.

Tuition is due the first day of class each month.  You may pay by check or setting up a monthly bank draft or a bank issued check set up at beginning of school year works great as well (contact me for address, etc., to set that up). Late fee is $10 for every week the payment is late. If you choose to pay via PayPal please add $2 per month. (See full PayPal instructions at bottom of this page.) I will not take other forms of online payment like Venmo or others.

Fees for dropping this course after the beginning of the year are as follows:

After Oct 1: two months fee due

After Nov 1: three months fee due

After Dec 1: four months fee due

After Jan 1: the remainder of semester due

Please note – should there be major life changes such as job loss, the need to move, major health concerns, please let me know. My policies are firm, but I do understand that life happens, so please communicate.

To pay via Paypal: Please send your funds plus the correct PayPal fees (see above) to mimi.barreras@att.net.  PLEASE put your child’s name in the memo field.


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PLEASE NOTE: If your child took elementary art this past year or the year before, this next year will be primarily NEW curriculum, not a repeat of the past year or two. Same traditional art concepts, different lessons. Curriculum repeats every 3rd year.

Students will learn the basic elements and principles of art while at the same time experiencing art in a fun and tactile manner.  Elementary art is very much about exposure to different art media and the learning of tactile and visual skills.  This is a fun course where students learn to think about art, see and examine the world, but also learn how to use their hands, their arms, a pencil, a brush, etc., all sorts of 2D and 3D media to create in reflection of their Creator.  At the end of this course, students should walk out knowing that art experience is fun, that doing art is great for everyone, should have improved lifetime tactile and visual skills, and have little fear or intimidation of trying and learning new things. 

Your $70 supply fee covers all the in-class items like giant paper and brushes and paint, etc. I encourage every family to purchase their student their own sketchbook, a set of good drawing pencils and sharpener, a pink pearl type eraser, and a set of colored pencils to practice at home. If you have similar things already at home, that will suffice. (May I suggest that Ross or beginning of year school sales often have these basic items for a very inexpensive price.)

Class minimum is 6.  Class minimum must be reached by August 9 for this class to be considered to make. Please register early and pay your first month’s tuition and fees to both hold your spot and to make my planning easier.  Should this class not make, families will have the option to shift their enrollment to the other elementary art section.

The first month’s $50 tuition (Sept) plus $70 supply fee is due upon registration and is refundable up until August 13.  NOTE:  This means your first real payment after school starts is due first class in October. Last payment will be in May.

Tuition is due the first day of class each month.  You may pay by check or setting up a monthly bank draft or a bank issued check set up at beginning of school year works great as well (contact me for address, etc., to set that up). Late fee is $10 for every week the payment is late. If you choose to pay via PayPal please add $2 per month. (See full PayPal instructions at bottom of this page.) I will not take other forms of online payment like Venmo or others.

Fees for dropping this course after the beginning of the year are as follows:

After Oct 1: two months fee due

After Nov 1: three months fee due

After Dec 1: four months fee due

After Jan 1: the remainder of semester due

Please note – should there be major life changes such as job loss, the need to move, major health concerns, please let me know. My policies are firm, but I do understand that life happens, so please communicate.

To pay via Paypal: Please send your funds plus the correct PayPal fees (see above) to mimi.barreras@att.net.  PLEASE put your child’s name in the memo field.


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PLEASE NOTE: If your child took elementary art this past year or the year before, this next year will be primarily NEW curriculum, not a repeat of the past year or two. Same traditional art concepts, different lessons. Curriculum repeats every 3rd year.

Students will learn the basic elements and principles of art while at the same time experiencing art in a fun and tactile manner.  Elementary art is very much about exposure to different art media and the learning of tactile and visual skills.  This is a fun course where students learn to think about art, see and examine the world, but also learn how to use their hands, their arms, a pencil, a brush, etc., all sorts of 2D and 3D media to create in reflection of their Creator.  At the end of this course, students should walk out knowing that art experience is fun, that doing art is great for everyone, should have improved lifetime tactile and visual skills, and have little fear or intimidation of trying and learning new things. 

Your $70 supply fee covers all the in-class items like giant paper and brushes and paint, etc. I encourage every family to purchase their student their own sketchbook, a set of good drawing pencils and sharpener, a pink pearl type eraser, and a set of colored pencils to practice at home. If you have similar things already at home, that will suffice. (May I suggest that Ross or beginning of year school sales often have these basic items for a very inexpensive price.)

Class minimum is 6.  Class minimum must be reached by August 9 for this class to be considered to make. Please register early and pay your first month’s tuition and fees to both hold your spot and to make my planning easier.  Should this class not make, families will have the option to shift their enrollment to the other elementary art section.

The first month’s $50 tuition (Sept) plus $70 supply fee is due upon registration and is refundable up until August 13.  NOTE:  This means your first real payment after school starts is due first class in October. Last payment will be in May.

Tuition is due the first day of class each month.  You may pay by check or setting up a monthly bank draft or a bank issued check set up at beginning of school year works great as well (contact me for address, etc., to set that up). Late fee is $10 for every week the payment is late. If you choose to pay via PayPal please add $2 per month. (See full PayPal instructions at bottom of this page.) I will not take other forms of online payment like Venmo or others.

Fees for dropping this course after the beginning of the year are as follows:

After Oct 1: two months fee due

After Nov 1: three months fee due

After Dec 1: four months fee due

After Jan 1: the remainder of semester due

Please note – should there be major life changes such as job loss, the need to move, major health concerns, please let me know. My policies are firm, but I do understand that life happens, so please communicate.

To pay via Paypal: Please send your funds plus the correct PayPal fees (see above) to mimi.barreras@att.net.  PLEASE put your child’s name in the memo field.


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PLEASE NOTE: 6th graders ideally need to have a strong art background and be socially mature or have had Mrs. Barreras for elementary art previously. This class requires a student to work relatively attentively for the full 1 ½ hours at times.  If you have a 6th grader with no experience or a short attention span, please enroll them in elementary art. Unsure? Email Mrs. Barreras. ALSO, If your child took junior high art this past year or the year before, this next year will be primarily NEW curriculum, not a repeat of the past year. New activities or new subject matter, same principles repeated. Curriculum repeats every 3rd year

Students will learn the basic elements and principles of art while at the same time experiencing art in a fun and tactile manner. Junior high, middle school age art education is as much about positive art experience as it as about the raw beginnings of fine-tuning true art skills. Art is as much about seeing the world as it is about doing. This course will emphasize a lot of the seeing part.  Yes, we will spend much of our time doing art each week, but we will also learn to observe, to study, to understand the thinking side of art. We will learn to draw, to use our hands and our bodies to create, to have tactile fun with various media and loosen up a bit instead of working in fear and trepidation. We will spend the second semester exploring color, color theory, and more of the world of design. I also try to integrate some art history in the mix here and there. Doing art, seeing art is ultimately a reflection of our Creator.  At the end of this course, students should walk away with considerable art experience, more freedom in their work, and a better grasp of how to see and examine the world artistically.

Your $70 supply fee covers all the in-class items like giant paper and brushes and paint, etc. I encourage each family to purchase their student their own sketchbook, a set of good drawing pencils and sharpener, a pink pearl type eraser, and a set of colored pencils to practice at home. (May I suggest that Ross or beginning of year school sales often have these basic items for a very inexpensive price.) All items used in class are covered by your class fees.

Class minimum is 6. Class minimum must be reached by August 9 for this class to be considered to make. Please register early and pay your first month’s tuition and fees to both hold your spot and to make my planning easier.

The first month’s $60 tuition (Sept) plus $70 supply fee is due upon registration and is refundable up until August 13. NOTE:  This means your first real payment after school starts is due first class in October. Last payment will be in May.

Tuition is due the first day of class each month.  You may pay by check or setting up a monthly bank draft or bank issued check set up at beginning of school year works great as well (contact me for address, etc. I LOVE THIS OPTION. It’s easy!). Late fee is $10 for every week the payment is late. If you choose to pay via PayPal please add $2 per month. (See full PayPal instructions at bottom of this page.) I will not take other forms of online payment like Venmo or others.

Fees for dropping this course after the beginning of the year are as follows:

After Oct 1: two months fee due

After Nov 1: three months fee due

After Dec 1: four months fee due

After Jan 1: the remainder of semester due

Please note – should there be major life changes such as job loss, the need to move, major health concerns, please let me know. My policies are firm, but I do understand that life happens, so please communicate.

To pay via PayPal: Please send your funds plus the correct PayPal fees (see above) to mimi.barreras@att.net.  PLEASE put your child’s name in the memo field.


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PLEASE NOTE: An 8th grader in this course should ideally have previous art experience of some sort, a course, private training, or similar. If they have not, please enroll them in the middle school course. If your student was previously enrolled in Mrs. Barreras’ high school art course, please know that the curriculum changes yearly.  Same or similar classic art concepts, different curriculum.

As in all courses, students will learn the basic elements and principles of art while at the same time experiencing art in a fun and tactile manner, but high school art is really about art skill development and the study of art as a life skill. In this course we really study art and learn to see, to view the world through artistic eyes, to examine closely and broadly and apply what we learn. We start with the basic types of drawing and observing in basic media of several types and move forward to color and 3D later in the year. Students will be expected to actively participate and work to hone their God-given skills weekly. This course involves some rated G drawing of the clothed human body, basic teaching of portraiture, painting a real painting. At the end of this course, students should walk away with not just considerable art experience, more freedom in their work, the ability to better grasp of how to see and examine the world artistically, but real skills that they can take with them with which to enjoy art for a lifetime and/or use applicably in life or the workplace.

This course is ideal for a high school student or an 8th grade student with some minimal art experience, either in classroom or personal or private training, even if it was elementary level.  No experience required, of course, but if you have an 8th grader with no experience, please consider taking the junior high course first if it fits your student’s schedule.

Your $70 supply fee covers all the in-class items like giant paper and brushes and paint, etc. I encourage parents to purchase their student own sketchbook, a set of good drawing pencils and sharpener, a pink pearl type eraser, and a set of colored pencils to practice at home. (May I suggest that Ross or beginning of year school sales often have these basic items for a very inexpensive price.) All items used in class are covered by the class fee.

Class minimum is 6. Class minimum must be reached by August 9 for this class to be considered to make. Please register early and pay your first month’s tuition and fees to both hold your spot and to make my planning easier. 

The first month’s $60 tuition (Sept) plus $70 supply fee is due upon registration and is refundable up until August 13.

Tuition is due the first day of class each month.  You may pay by check or setting up a monthly bank draft or bank issued check set up at beginning of school year works great as well (contact me for address, etc). Late fee is $10 for every week the payment is late. If you choose to pay via PayPal please add $2 per month. (See full PayPal instructions at bottom of this page.) I will not take other forms of online payment like Venmo or others.

Fees for dropping this course after the beginning of the year are as follows:

After Oct 1: two months fee due

After Nov 1: three months fee due

After Dec 1: four months fee due

After Jan 1: the remainder of semester due

To pay via Paypal: Please send your funds plus the correct paypal fees (see above) to mimi.barreras@att.net.  PLEASE put your child’s name in the memo field.


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PLEASE NOTE: An 8th grader in this course should ideally have previous art experience of some sort, a course, private training, or similar. If they have not, please enroll them in the middle school course. If your student was previously enrolled in Mrs. Barreras’ high school art course, please know that the curriculum changes yearly.  Same or similar classic art concepts, different curriculum.

As in all courses, students will learn the basic elements and principles of art while at the same time experiencing art in a fun and tactile manner, but high school art is really about art skill development and the study of art as a life skill. In this course we really study art and learn to see, to view the world through artistic eyes, to examine closely and broadly and apply what we learn. We start with the basic types of drawing and observing in basic media of several types and move forward to color and 3D later in the year. Students will be expected to actively participate and work to hone their God-given skills weekly. This course involves some rated G drawing of the clothed human body, basic teaching of portraiture, painting a real painting. At the end of this course, students should walk away with not just considerable art experience, more freedom in their work, the ability to better grasp of how to see and examine the world artistically, but real skills that they can take with them with which to enjoy art for a lifetime and/or use applicably in life or the workplace.

This course is ideal for a high school student or an 8th grade student with some minimal art experience, either in classroom or personal or private training, even if it was elementary level.  No experience required, of course, but if you have an 8th grader with no experience, please consider taking the junior high course first if it fits your student’s schedule.

Your $70 supply fee covers all the in-class items like giant paper and brushes and paint, etc. I encourage parents to purchase their student own sketchbook, a set of good drawing pencils and sharpener, a pink pearl type eraser, and a set of colored pencils to practice at home. (May I suggest that Ross or beginning of year school sales often have these basic items for a very inexpensive price.) All items used in class are covered by the class fee.

Class minimum is 6. Class minimum must be reached by August 9 for this class to be considered to make. Please register early and pay your first month’s tuition and fees to both hold your spot and to make my planning easier. 

The first month’s $60 tuition (Sept) plus $70 supply fee is due upon registration and is refundable up until August 13.

Tuition is due the first day of class each month.  You may pay by check or setting up a monthly bank draft or bank issued check set up at beginning of school year works great as well (contact me for address, etc). Late fee is $10 for every week the payment is late. If you choose to pay via PayPal please add $2 per month. (See full PayPal instructions at bottom of this page.) I will not take other forms of online payment like Venmo or others.

Fees for dropping this course after the beginning of the year are as follows:

After Oct 1: two months fee due

After Nov 1: three months fee due

After Dec 1: four months fee due

After Jan 1: the remainder of semester due

To pay via Paypal: Please send your funds plus the correct paypal fees (see above) to mimi.barreras@att.net.  PLEASE put your child’s name in the memo field.


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