From Teacher to Therapist: What can I do with an Art Degree - View the video

Beth Jesion

Beth Jesion
Lead Art Teacher
Monroe Street Arts Center

2526 Monroe Street
Madison, WI 53711

Career Clusters / Help Topics:

  • Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications
  • Education and Training

Ever since she can remember, Beth has been interested in art and working with others. She began her journey by obtaining a Bachelor degree in Art Therapy from Edgewood College in 2007. She then went on to receive her teaching license in art in 2010. Beth began working as a substitute teacher at Madison Metropolitan School District until 2011 when she focused on her passion of working in a non profit setting as an art educator. Beth was able to blend her love of teaching art with her passion for art therapy while working with elders in art at a local retirement home until 2012. Currently, Beth is working full time at the Monroe Street Arts Center as the art department head and lead art teacher. She is very proud to be running such a diverse and successful program.

Students who have a passion for art may consider it as a pathway to a career. An art degree can lead to a role as a teacher in a traditional school setting or you can use your skills to become an art therapist, for example. Beth Jesion has done both and shares her experiences with students encouraging them to draw outside the lines when considering their desire to work in an art field. (Running Time 20:41)