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Ms. Sonksen

Hello, my name is Marla Sonksen and I am in my 9th year as the Rudy Art teacher and 13th year overall as an Art Educator having worked on the Western Slope of Colorado prior to arriving at Rudy.  My previous career was as a Resident Director at various colleges & Universities in Iowa, Arkansas and here in Colorado helping teach and mentor college students.

I enjoy spending time outdoors going on mountain hikes, gardening in my yard, running races from 5k up to Marathons and photography.  I also enjoy reading a good book, watching movies, baking, sewing and anything crafty & creative.  I earned my Bachelors degree from Northwestern College in Iowa and my Masters Degree from Colorado Christian University here in Colorado.  I enjoy sharing my love of art and the process of creating with my students and am thankful to be here at Rudy Elementary!

Phone: 719.328.6190

Degrees and Certifications:
BA in Art & Education
MA in Curriculum & Instruction

Rudy Art Class Learning... RUDY ART CLASS LEARNING....

Throughout this 2022-2023 school year, all Rudy Art students have been learning about a variety of people, subjects and techniques.    Incorporated into many of the lessons & projects are the expected Colorado Elementary Art Standards as well as Cross-Curricular subjects such as Math, Reading and Writing.  We also have been learning about the Elements of Art, the Principles of Design as well as how to ask questions about what we see not only in our own art but also in the world around us.  What can we learn from the world around us....from the people we can we listen can we show kindness???


Please go to the site listed below to view the many works of art created by Elementary, Middle and Highschool students throughout our Southern Colorado Region.  Congratulations to all students who had art entered into the 60th Annual Pikes Peak Regional Young Peoples Art Exhibition!