Phil Franks’ training in the visual arts and art education included coursework at the San Francisco Art Institute and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He earned a BFA from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1983, majoring in painting, drawing, and art history.
Teaching certification was obtained from the Art Education program at Northern Kentucky University. Those studies included student teaching at Lincoln Elementary and the Jr. and Sr. High Schools in Dayton, Kentucky. Phil went on to teach art at Blairwood Elementary School in Dayton, Ohio and is currently certified to teach the Visual Arts, K-12.
Phil joined the staff at Baker-Hunt in October of 1996, teaching art classes to kids of all ages in a variety of media. In 2005-6, Phil’s lifelong love of film and animation led to further studies in animation at the University of Cincinnati. His classes at Baker-Hunt now center on teaching animation to young people.
“Teaching at Baker-Hunt has meant a great deal to me. It has provided a unique opportunity to develop new classes and to grow as a teacher. Over the years I’ve been privileged to work with some wonderful young artists and a great staff that’s always quick to lend help and support. The school and the community have become like old friends and I will always treasure my experience at Baker-Hunt.”