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Faculty Profile
Natalia Hicks
Art Teacher
A native Russian, Natalia Hicks graduated from the historical department of the University of St. Petersburg with a Bachelor’s in education and a Master’s degree in history. She worked for many years in several art museums, including the Hermitage in St. Petersburg—one of the world’s largest museums and the former residence of Russian czars.

On a professional note


Why I love teaching art:
Once, during a quiet time reading the Bible, I came across Proverbs 20:12: “Ears that hear, and eyes that see—the Lord has made them both” and an illustration came to my memory. After a rain (and it rained a lot in St. Petersburg), most people are dealing only with muddy puddles on the street while just a few will stop to admire the beautiful reflection of clouds sailing through the sky. Suddenly, I realized why I wanted to teach art. I want to awaken in children a sense of wonder. I’d like to teach them how to see, the way an artist sees—to view the beauty of God’s creation and to be able to see the clouds in muddy puddles. It is my belief that every child who is given clear information, quiet times to practice, and a supportive environment can become a successful artist.


On a personal note


My family:
My husband's name is John and our daughter Rachel ('15) attended Whitefield.

Hometown:
St. Petersburg, Russia