• Welcome  

    Greetings Borah Pride, my name is Maria Portue. I am looking forward to another year of inspiring young artist to explore new art mediums and create beautiful masterpieces. 

    I am a graduate of Bethany University in Santa Cruz, California. I have taught in both private and public elementary schools in northern California. Currently, I am completing the Gifted Education Specialty Endorsement through Whitworth University. 

    As a daughter of an award winning watercolor artist, Barbara Irvine, teaching art is a very special part of my life. I hope to pass on my passion for drawing, painting, and ceramics.

    My family relocated to the Coeur d'Alene area in 2005. My daughters, Tiffany and Heather graduated from Lake City High School. I'm grateful my college girls are not too far from home. Tiffany attends University of Idaho and Heather attends Whitworth University. Weekends are always packed full watching them spreading their wings. My husband, Steve and I enjoy hiking, biking, and exploring National Parks. This summer we ventured to Banff, Canada for hiking, canoeing and horseback riding.

    Art Expectations and Grading

    Students will be evaluated based on their effort on a scale of 1 to 4 on given assignments. 


    "Creativity takes courage."  Henry Matisse