Ms. Marni Oberpriller

Phone: 651-744-4544 (rings in both 0218 & 2103)


Degrees and Certifications:

Digital Photograph by Maimoua Hoang

Ms. Marni Oberpriller

Why Art Matters

This is my 21st year teaching Art and my 5th year teaching at St. Paul Johnson.
Before Johnson I taught elementary art for 16 years at Crossroads Elementary in St. Paul and West Central Academy in Minneapolis. 
I have earned 3 degrees from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus:
• Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Studio Arts (Ceramics & Art History)
• Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Visual Arts, K-12 and Masters in Education both from the University of Minnesota, College of Education and Human Development  
When not teaching students or grading assignments, I enjoy getting out and DOING with my family. My husband Dave and I have hosted exchange students from all over the World including Europe, Asia and South America.  
Dave and I live on the Eastside and have three (step)sons, two dogs a 20 year old cat and a small flock of city chickens. When not in the city, I love to travel and explore the outdoors by spend time with family at the cabin fishing (bass & pike), sailing, kayaking and taking photographs.
I also enjoy creating and exploring the World of arts and crafts, studying architecture, gardening, kite flying, spelunking and I play ice hockey.  
Ms. Marni is the Advisor for JOHNSON HMONG CLUB
Hmong Club meets weekly in the Ceramics room 0218 from 3:15 to 4:00. Students from all cultures are welcome to participate in Hmong Club and learn and explore Hmong culture. This club plans Johnson's own Hmong New Year event. This year's New Year event takes place on Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 5 to 8 pm in JHS Fieldhouse.
Grades are located on Schoolgy
Ms Marni posts all course materials on Schoology
OPEN STUDIO/LAB TIMES (for students who need additional computer time to complete assignments or want to work with Photoshop on their own)
     0218 Ceramics: Monday & Wedesdays 3:15 to 4:30 pm or by appointment
     2103 Mac Lab: is open and available after-school DAILY Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs from 3 to 7 pm
          Thursdays Ms Marni is available for tutoring from 3 to 5:30 pm
Per 1: PLC
Per 2: Beginning Ceramics - rm 0218 Studio
Per 3: Prep
Per 4: Advisory & Lunch - rm 1205
Per 5: Beginning Ceramics - rm 0218 Studio
Per 6: Beginning Ceramics - rm 0218 Studio
Per 7: Digital Imaging - rm 2103 Mac Lab
Per 8: Digital Photography - rm 2103 Mac Lab
BEGINNING CERAMICS (offered Fall & Spring)

The students create several ceramic projects using variety of clay techniques: pinch, coil, slab and use of the potter's wheel. There will be a focus on elments & principles of design, planning, texture, glaze application, and the quality of finished projects.

INTERMEDIATE CERAMICS (offered Spring semester only)

In this course students will further develop more clay techniques already learned in the Beginning Ceramics and new techniques: lids, slump/hump molds and raku firing process. Student projects are centered around aethetics, problem solving and completing a quality piece of work.

ADVANCED CERAMICS (offered Spring semester only)

In this course students will focus on developing a personal aesthetic style of ceramics through the development of student-directed projects, firing techniques, developing glazes and career oportunities in Ceramics as students visit the studios working artists. 


This is a year-long course combined with Ms Ms Klocke's AP Studio Arts course. 


The students will complete several studio projects with different types of digital media. There will be a focus on media manipulation and presentation of the final works and maintenance of a digital portfolio. 


The students will learn basic technical and artistic skills of digital photography and the use of digital camera.  Students learn and use techniques for taking, creating and manipulating ditigal imagery using computer software, media manipulationm presentation of the final works and maintenance of a digital portfolio.


This is a year-long course that prepares students to take the AP Art history exam in early May for college credit. The students will explore art from several different cultures and time periods.  High school-level Art History is also offered for students at the same time with lesser work load.