Stutts holds three degrees in art education, including an education specialist degree from the University of Georgia.
For 24 years, she molded the young artists at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School.
She retired from the public school system in 2006 and is now an instructor at Georgia Regents University, where she is helping elementary education majors see the importance of art in the classroom.
“Kids all learn in different ways. Most of us like to see something. If we see a drawing of a cell, we can remember it better,” Stutts said.
She doesn’t necessarily teach future educators how to draw, but she teaches them concepts behind art that can help their students in all areas of life. Art is an excellent way to teach basic problem-solving skills, she said. In Stutts’ classes, teachers produce art and learn how to incorporate that into their lessons.
Stutts’ love of art began around age 4 when she received her first set of paper dolls and then decided to make her own. When she was in the fourth or fifth grade, her father gave her a Brownie camera, and she’s been hooked on photography since. She has a collection of cameras in a curio cabinet.
Stutts has always enjoyed teaching photography. This summer, she will teach a pinhole photography class at Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, where she has instructed for many years.