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Welcome to the Visual Arts Department!

  • Hello Ravens and Raven families!

    The Visual Arts Program here at Riverdale Ridge is growing rapidly already! We are very excited to offer a variety of opportunities for our students to engage in different aspects of the Visual Arts. These include Painting and Drawing, Ceramics and Sculpture, Photography, and Graphic Design so far, but the opportunities will continue to grow as we do. As a department, we are focused on providing an engaging environment for students to learn new skills and materials, but to also push them to ask and answer new and important questions using Art. Study after study shows the benefits of the arts in education and we strongly concur. 

    It is our task to help students achieve technically, creatively, but also acquire new skills that can translate into many different opportunities not only in the arts, but across the board. 

    -The Raven Visual Arts Team

Meet the Visual Arts Team!



Degrees and Certifications:


Mr. Scott Durka

Mr. Durka was born in Cleveland, OH. He spent his undergrad in Appalachia studying art, eventually discovering that he had a passion for teaching. He has previously taught art in Ohio, South Dakota, and Utah. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with his family, traveling, and many types of mountain recreation. He is excited to be a part of the RRHS faculty and to explore Colorado.



Degrees and Certifications:

BA’s in Art Education and Glass Art Master’s in Art Education

Mr. Nathan Shaver

Nathan Shaver has been teaching in 27J since 2008, first opening Prairie View Middle School, then Riverdale Ridge High School. He coached cross country and track at Prairie View High School for 11 years. He teaches mostly 3D arts and Ceramics but has taught Painting and Drawing 1-3, Photo 1, AP Art, and Yearbook. In his free time he makes his own art, walks his dog Sammie Sprinkles, plays with his son, and likes to go concerts with his wife.