Meet your teachers! The Wayne Art Center has a faculty of fantastic professional artists excited to share their knowledge with you. Click on an instructor’s name to learn more and to see their current class offerings.
- Marlene Adler · Collage, mixed media, printmaking
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I was born in Philadelphia, PA and now reside in Glenside, PA. I am an art educator and have taught art in public school for 25 years. I hold a BFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a Masters degree in Art Education from the University of the Arts.My initial interest was in studying painting and was inspired by the challenges found when attempting to imitate or re-create the various textures found all around me. However, once I discovered printmaking and the art of making handmade paper, I found these disciplines to be much more compatible in enabling me to create the various textural elements that are an integral part of my creative endeavors. I sometimes use found materials such as stones, wire or string and embed these materials into the surface of my handmade papers. I often combine handmade paper and printmaking to create mixed-media works. Many of my works express a variety of symbols to tell a story. The symbols I use can be spiritual, representative of basic elements, and are often inspired by nature.
- Kassem Amoudi · Painting
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MFA, PAFA. BS, Art & Education, Cairo, Egypt. Faculty Member, PAFA.
- Deena S. Ball · Watercolor
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Deena’s love of nature, science and art comes together when she paints outside. She is a student of nature who is constantly amazed at the natural world. She paints to help others see, respect, and conserve the beauty in our natural world.
Teaching Artist Statement:
Recently a student in one of my adult beginning watercolor classes sent me an email detailing how when unpacking their groceries they were struck by the vibrant hues and textures of their weekly vegetables. They were so moved by the play of light through the kitchen window and their new-found appreciation of color, that they started a painting of the produce that afternoon. Art is all around us, and we are all artists when we open our eyes to the beauty in our surroundings. Throughout my thirty plus years of teaching experience, that is the message that I strive to impart to all of my students. Through my own work with experimental watercolors I present the viewer with the beauty and fragility of our natural landscape. In my paintings, I am constantly testing new materials and techniques, incorporating textural elements such as gesso, and trying different types of paper. In the classroom whether working with paint, clay, or recycled materials I encourage students to engage in outside-the-box thinking and reimagine how their materials might be used to create art. I have experience teaching the full range of art mediums, including print making and graphic design, but I am most at home teaching drawing and painting. I enjoy teaching a wide range of ages, from toddlers to adults, and I have experience working with specialized populations including adults suffering from traumatic brain injuries, students with autism spectrum disorder, and disadvantaged youth. Students depart my classes and workshops with not just a pretty object in hand, but a greater appreciation of the visual subtleties in their environment and confidence in themselves as creative individuals.
- Karen Bentz · Culinary
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Cooking and baking have been a lifelong avocation of mine, even doing some private baking business on the side. I still read cookbooks the way some people read novels. After leaving my previous career to raise twins, I returned to work in a new realm at Williams-Sonoma. My culinary knowledge earned me a spot as a Culinary Specialist, also coordinating the internal demo cooking program, teaching technique classes and managing the food prep for special events. I left Williams-Sonoma to find a less time demanding schedule teaching culinary classes.
- Susan Branco · Children’s art
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Graduate of Hussian School of Art. Specializes in younger children’s art classes and birthday parties for Wayne Art Center.
- Rosemary Campellone · Ceramics, children’s art
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Rosemary Campellone received her both her BFA in Studio Art and her BA in Psychology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She is enjoying her role as Studio Manager here at the Wayne Art Center and is also currently part of the Work Exchange Program at the Clay Studio of Philadelphia.
- Martin Campos · Painting
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Martin studied at the University of New Mexico from 1998-2000, Majoring in art history, with a minor in studio arts. He received a Certificate in Painting from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2007. His work has been featured in many group and solo exhibitions, including the Rosenfeld Gallery and the Artist’s House in Philadelphia.
- Giovanni Casadei · Painting
View Giovanni’s current classesAcademy of the Fine Arts, Rome, Italy, Scuola Libera del Nudo, Rome, Italy and PA Academy of the Fine Arts. He has taught at Manayunk Art Center.
- Beth Clark · Painting
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EDUCATION: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts – MFA Graduate 2002;
University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1978-1982;
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1977-1981;
Moore College of Art, Summer School, Landscape Painting, Instructor William Freeland 1976, 1978;
Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa – January-December 1976;
Wilmington Friends School, Wilmington, Delaware, 1975. AWARDS: Quita Brodhead Memorial Award, Wayne Art Center, 2002;
American Artists Professional League (Salmagundi Club), Scholarship Award with Exhibition, New York City, 2001;
Lewis S. Ware Memorial Traveling Scholarship, Philadelphia, 1981;
Robert A. Riker Memorial Landscape Prize, Philadelphia, 1981;
Sylvia G. Wexler Memorial Award, Philadelphia, 1979.
PUBLICATIONS: A profile with reproduced work appears in the publication Speaking for Themselves: The Artists of Southeastern Pennsylvania by Daphne Landis (published by Chester County Historical Society, 2003).
- Matthew Courtney · Ceramics
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Matthew recieved his M.F.A. Ceramics from Kent State University, OH in 1991. In addition to his work at the Art Center, he currently teaches at UPenn & at University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His work has been included in numerous group & solo exhibitions in the Philadelphia & Cleveland, OH regions.
- Valerie Craig · Painting
View Valerie’s current classesMS, Georgetown University, studied extensively with nationally recognized painters and is member of Oil Painters of America. Associated with Artists’ House Gallery, Phila, Peter McPhee Fine Arts, NJ, and Newman and Saunders Galleries, PA.
- Laurie Daddona · Watercolor
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BA, East Carolina Univ. Signature member PWCS, BWS. Also teaches at greater Norristown Art League & Methacton Continuing Ed.
- Chris Darway · Jewelry, metalworking
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BFA in Craft Design, The Philadelphia College of Art. Teaches for UArts, is a senior PMC instructor for Rio Grande Company, and is currently president of the Pennsylvania Society of Goldsmiths.
- Catherine Darlington · Jewelry, metalworking
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Jewelry artist Cathy Darlington is the founder and owner of Darlington Design in Chicago, Illinois. Over the past 15 years, Cathy taught at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago, specializing in fashion illustration, portfolio development, and beaded, woven, and cold connection jewelry making. She also taught drawing, figure rendering, and design classes.Education: International Academy of Design and Technology, Chicago, Illinois 2012, Pursuing an Associates in Fashion Design;
Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois 2001
Master of Arts: Interdisciplinary Arts, The Albert P. Weisman Memorial Scholarship Fund, Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois
Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois 1993
Bachelor of Arts: Secondary Education, Minor: English
Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois 1989
Bachelor of Arts: Illustration and Jewelry
- Robert Deane · Ceramics
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BA in ceramics from Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA.
- Teresa DeSeve · Pastel
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BFA, Rosemont College, Painting & Drawing. Attended PAFA. Received the Andrew Giuffuni Award from the Pastel Society of America. 2012 The Pastel 100 Competition · The Richeson Prize. Top Six Pastels Nationwide. A signature membership in the Philadelphia Watercolor Society and the Pastel Society of America.
- Sasha L. Diehl · Drawing, painting
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PAFA. Children’s instructor.
- Michael Doyle · Drawing, painting
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Certificate/Painting, PA Academy of the Fine Arts where he received the Lambert and Emma Wallace/ Cadwalader prize.
- Laura Ducceschi · Photography
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MS Education, University of Pennsylvania. Represented at Seaworthy Gallery, NC and Tyme Gallery, PA. Published in newspapers and books and other publications.
- Nathan Durnin · Drawing, painting
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Nathan Durnin has exhibited at Artists’ House Galley, Goggle Works and Works On Paper Gallery. He is the recipient of the Artists’ House Gallery Award, the Benjamin West and the Charles Toppan Prizes along with other numerous drawing and painting awards. In addition to teaching at the Wayne Art Center, Nathan also teaches painting and drawing classes at Delaware County Community College. Nathan Durnin received his Master of Fine Arts degree from The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA.
- Louise Graham Dusinberre · Children’s art
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BA, Moore College of Art in Graphic Design. Senior Designer of New York apparel company Putumayo for 6 years.
- Chef Birgit Eichinger · Children’s Culinary
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Chef Birgit Eichinger’s culinary exploration began in Germany as a young girl learning in her mother’s kitchen. After decades of traveling the world and exploring kitchens on three continents, Birgit now shares her diverse experience and love of cooking with students of all ages. Incorporating flavors and preparation techniques from all over the world, her teaching methods emphasize hands-on learning through engaging activities such as storytelling and games, as well as educating students about healthy food choices, nutritional facts and food hygiene. Birgit incorporates fresh, local ingredients in her cooking and loves to share inside tips from her kitchen.
- Mary Filippone · Drama
View Mary’s current classesMary Leigh Filippone is a local theatre director, teacher and arts administrator. Her work has been seen onstage at Springfield High School, Young People’s Theatre Workshop, The Players Club of Swarthmore and Upper Darby Summer Stage. Favorite directorial projects include Our Town, Annie Get Your Gun, Cheaper By The Dozen and Bye Bye Birdie. As a performer, Mary has enjoyed time on stage as Queen Aggravain (Once Upon A Mattress), Aunt Eller (Oklahoma!) and Mrs. Sizemagraff (Betty’s Summer Vacation). Mary holds a Bachelor of Science in Educational Theatre from New York University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Arts Administration from Drexel University. Her students hold winning titles from the Greater Philadelphia Cappies Awards and The West Chester University Annual High School Theatre Festival and have gone on study performing arts at various prestigious institutions.
- Karen Fogarty · Drawing, painting
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Attended Moore College of Art & Design and PAFA. 2002-03 Leeway Grant awardee for works on paper.
- Jennifer Frudakis · Ceramic sculpture
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Certificate/ Sculpture, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Studied at the Frudakis Academy with Evangelos Frudakis for four years in an intensive sculpture program.
- Anne Graham · Painting
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Portrait and figurative artist who has recently returned to the Philadelphia area after living and working in England for the last 40 years. Training: Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, education in both Cambridge and London, England. Extensive body of works has included 20 portraits specially commissioned by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
- Randall Graham · Painting
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Randall’s passion for art has been apparent since childhood. His love of drawing and creating stories through works of art started at a very young age and hasn’t stopped yet. He studied at The Carlin Academy of Fine Art. Bo Bartlett has also taught Randall and influenced his style. The tradition of Chester County artists continues with Randall. He was born in Malvern Pa and today he resides in West Chester PA with his family. He keeps a studio in Malvern where he works and teaches traditional painting fundamentals.
Randall is ambitious when it comes to his approach to painting. His work comes in a variety of channels including studio work, en plein air (outdoor painting) and his “en rain air” style. The “en rain air” style comes about from painting a scene from his mini van or window while it is raining. The rain drops on the window act as a means for abstraction. The juxtaposition of abstract and reality creates emotional paintings which have become very popular with Randall’s collectors.
Randall also loves to share his knowledge of painting through teaching. Helping others create is a truly gratifying experience. Randall teaches traditional painting fundamentals at Randall Graham Studio in Malvern, Wayne Art Center and Chester County Art Association.
- Mark Gruener · Children’s art
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Mark Gruener recently retired from his career as a school teacher and is starting a new career as an art teacher. He has taught cartooning at the Wayne Art Center for many years.
- Claire Haik · Drawing, painting
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MFA, School of Visual Arts, New York. Four-Year Certificate of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. BA, University of Memphis. Teaching experience includes the Art Workshop Collective, the School of Visual Arts, and PAFA.
- Michèle Haines · Culinary
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Michèle Haines – teacher, mother, photographer, interpreter, chef, cook – is the Founder and Executive Chef of the Spring Mill Café in Conshohocken, PA. Michèle has traveled extensively and, as a guest chef, has shared her culinary talents worldwide. Born in Paris, France, she now resides here in Philadelphia.
- Jennifer Hall · Children’s art
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Jennifer Hall is an artist and teacher based in Philadelphia. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Ceramics as well as her PA teaching certificate from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 2015. Currently, Jennifer teaches elementary art for the School District of Cheltenham Township. Jennifer’s art work consists of functional pottery, tile mosaics, photography, and paintings. She loves teaching for the Wayne Art Center and is looking forward to another fabulous year of summer camps and classes!
- Kate Hochner · Children’s art, mixed media
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M. Ed, Nazareth College of Rochester. BFA, Ceramics: Alfred University. Scandinavian Seminar in Denmark.
- Kim Honig · Culinary
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Kim Honig is a cooking instructor at Sur La Table in Boca Raton, Florida for adults and children, and at the Wayne Arts Center. She previously taught at Viking Cookware, and James A. Michener Art Museum. Her current passion is healthy and nutritious food—she is a personal chef in Stuart, Florida for clients requiring organic, paleo, vegan, but is knowledgeable about all cuisines and specializes in gluten-free and dairy free baking.In her culinary career, she was caterer for renowned chef Daniel Boulud at a play, Tamara in New York City. She was co-owner with her husband of the highly acclaimed new French/American restaurant, The Black Walnut, in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pa.Kim is a graduate of the New York Restaurant School and has a sommelier certificate from the American Sommelier Association. She was a cookbook editor for major NYC publishers and is author of the Woman’s Day Book of Turkey Feasts and articles for Restaurant Business magazine, Rodale Press and TC Palm (Gannett Newspapers).
- Patricia Jordan · Drama
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Pat Jordan is an award-winning professional actor-singer, writer, director and historical interpreter. Pat studied at H-B Studio in New York with Herbert Berghoff and Hal Holden; and the Juilliard Opera Workshop with Vincent LaSelva. She holds a BA (cum laude) in Theatre and Communication Arts from Villanova University as well as advanced study in acting, directing and playwriting. The Wayne resident is an acting teacher and coach.
- Carol Kardon · Pastel, painting
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Bennington College; Art Students League, NY; Member: Pastel Society of America; Pew Foundation Grant; Who’s Who in American Art.
- Mark Kidd · Stained glass
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Self-taught artist, he has developed his own avant-garde style and works out of his stained glass studio which he owns and operates.
- Georganna Lenssen · Painting
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Certificate Painting, PA Academy of the Fine Arts. BA, Villanova University.
- Stefanie Lieberman · Painting
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- Bonnie Mettler · Painting
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BFA, Moore College of Art & Design.
- Hali Maclaren · Jewelry
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I create handmade jewelry that is inspired by the sea, to spread awareness about its importance and beauty. Each piece is uniquely created and designed to last for generations. Growing up, I spent every summer in the water and sands of the Jersey coast. My collection of shells and other sea treasures is extensive, taking up almost every inch of space in my studio.
- Nicole Michaud · Oil Pastels
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Nicole Michaud is a Philadelphia based artist, and has been working in oils and oil pastels since 2004. Originally from New Hampshire, she has lived on both the East and West Coasts, and the Midwest. She studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts between 2006 and 2012, and holds a Certificate of Fine Arts. She was awarded the Women’s Board Travel Scholarship through the Academy, and traveled to Europe to study art abroad in 2011. Her work is greatly influenced by natural subjects, emotions, and memories.
Nicole has exhibited in Philadelphia and New York since 2004, and has participated in and received awards through juried exhibitions.
- Paris Muchanic · Jewelry
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Paris has always felt the push and pull between her love of the natural sciences and art. She discovered metalsmithing in early 2000. The craft of working metal for her is the perfect marriage of her creativity and interest in the sciences. Her jewelry designs either reflect the sinuous lines of nature through the science of anticlast/synclast forming or the abstraction of fused metal juxtaposed by the constraints of geometric symmetry. Paris served on the board of the Pennsylvania Society of Goldsmiths from 2006 – 2010. As Workshop Coordinator, she has participated in sessions with world class jewelry artists such as Todd Reed, Cynthia Eid and Bill Fretz, and has received extensive instruction from Betty Helen Longhi. She is also a studio assistant at Bucks County Community College.
- Mary Elizabeth Nelson · Book arts, mixed media
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Lettering and book artist. Studied in US and China. Instructor for University of the Arts Continuing Education.
- Abby Ober · Painting
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Abby Ober is a fine art painter, art instructor, and graphic designer.
After studying fine art at Rollins College(FL), she furthered her study in graphic design at the Corcoran College of Art in Washington DC. She designed large decorative canvas floor coverings for private collectors while spending 10 years in advertising design. When she moved to the Philadelphia area, she returned to her love of painting, studying with various recognized artists at the Wayne Art Center and competing twice in Wayne’s Plein Air Festival. She is dedicated to painting simple still lifes, quiet landscapes, and home portraits, capturing the distinctive light and pattern of color that surrounds each subject. Abby is inspired by such artists as Matisse, Hopper, and Fairfield Porter; but is mostly inspired by the dynamics of the creative process and the challenge of interpreting a scene.
- Piera Raffaele · Stone sculpture
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BFA from Moore College of Art and Masters in Education at Cabrini College. Stone sculptor.
- Jon Redmond · Painting
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MFA, University of Delaware. BFA, West Chester University, West Chester, PA. 4-Year Certificate from PAFA. His work can be found in many collections, both public and private.
- Claudia Rilling · Painting and Drawing
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Originally from Bucks County, Claudia taught and exhibited in the San Francisco Bay area for many years. She earned her BFA from Boston University in 2002 (Cum Laude, Dean’s List) and her MFA from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. CA in 2010.
Since returning to Bucks County, where she has family roots, Claudia continues to paint and teach online through the Academy of Art University’s Fine Arts Department. Her specialties include Still Life, Figure, and Landscape Painting.
Currently, Claudia is represented by the Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery in San Francisco, CA.
- Val Rossman · Painting
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Val Rossman has been working as a professional artist for over 30 years. During her career she has had more than 21 one-person shows and been in numerous group shows in Philadelphia, Delaware, Vermont, New Jersey, Florida and New York. She has won several prizes, including the Award for Excellence at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, and at the Cheltenhan Art Center Annual Painting Show. In addition, she has been on the faculty of Main Line Art Center for the past 20 years as a teacher of abstract art. She has lectured at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and done a workshop at the River Arts Center in Vermont. Her work has also been seen on Bravo Cable Television.
Rossman’s work has been collected by both individual and corporate clients in the U.S. and abroad. Some of these include Blue Cross of Greater Philadelphia, AT&T, United Pacific Life Insurance, MasterCard International, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Bank, Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and Hebrew University.
Val Rossman has been creating drawings and paintings in her studio in Philadelphia for the last 25 years. Her work has gone through various stages, however, her wonderful sense of color combined with a lyrical and often whimsical mentality have always infused her drawings with a lush and personal aura. The combination of rich and unexpected hues and gestures with sometimes questioning formats give the work an unforgettable presence.
In addition to her career, Val is married to Louis Rossman, a renowned Endodontist. They have two children, Lexy and Benjamin, and son-in-law, Patrick. The family enjoys many outdoor activities together such as skiing, rock climbing and traveling.
- Karen Sacks · Ceramics
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Karen Sacks received her BFA from Clark University and has studied illustration at PCA. Karen has taught children and adults since 2000.
- Wendy Scheirer · Watercolor
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BFA in Graphic Design, Arcadia Univ. 25 years teaching experience includes West Chester University, Immaculate University, as well as local art centers and workshops. Signature member of PWCS, PWS, BWS.
- Clarissa Shanahan · Painting, encaustic
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Clarissa Shanahan is a fine and decorative artist. She has been an adjunct faculty member of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts since 2000, teaching varied subjects such as Medieval manuscript illumination, encaustic painting, symbolism of color, and film-related painting classes. Clarissa is represented by Artists’ House Gallery and Carol Schwartz Gallery in Philadelphia, and has exhibited her work in shows around the country. Her work is included in numerous private collections.
Originally from New York, Clarissa studied painting at the New York Academy of Art, The Art Students League , and the Isabel O’Neal Studio on full scholarship. She holds a BFA from University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and is a Bread Scholar, a merit based full scholarship from UPenn, the first Pafa/UPenn student ever to be awarded.
As a past member of the Society of Gilders, she has extensive studies and professional experience in decorative arts. In 1993, she received a full scholarship and invitation from Friends of Vielles Maisons Francaises to restore a 19th-century horse carriage in Buxy, France. After extensive studies and professional experience in decorative arts, with private clients as well as commercial projects for American Express, Oscar de la Renta, Bendels, Fendi, Planet Hollywood, Saks, and Lord & Taylor, Clarissa spent almost twenty years in the film industry as a scenic artist, producing sets for over 40 film and television productions. In addition, she produced both original and reproduction paintings for numerous productions, including the Lee Krasner paintings for the film Pollock. Her credits include Julie Taymor’s The Tempest, Salt, Summer of Sam, Angels in America, and Boardwalk Empire. She is a longtime member of the United Scenic Artists 829.
- Tony Squadroni · Children’s art
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Tony is a Philadelphia native with a lifelong passion for art. He dedicated his free time to sketching and drawing from an early age. Transitioning into the professional realm, he attended the Hussian School of Art and graduated in 1972.Over the past four decades, Tony has been a freelance illustrator, utilizing a myriad of techniques and styles. His works have appeared in a variety of formats including advertisements, magazines articles, and newspaper editorials. Paintings and drawings of his hang in the homes of friends and family, given as gifts. He has also filled countless sketch books with portraits and scenes from everyday life.More recently, Tony has been teaching at Philly area art centers, starting with Wayne Art Center in 2001 and expanding to Main Line Art Center in 2008. His classes have focused on the fundamentals of drawing as well as cartooning, spanning several age groups.
- Joseph Sweeney · Pastel, painting
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MFA in Printmaking, Penn State University. BFA in Painting & Drawing, Philadelphia College of Art. Also teaches at PAFA.
- Brett Thomas · Ceramics
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Ceramic exhibition coordinator/ceramic instructor. Founder of Mobile Raku. BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA); MFA, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
- John Wilson · Ceramics
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BFA, Fine Art, Emporia State U, Kansas. Has taught K-12 at Glen Mills Schools, PA, Brandywine School District, DE, and most recently Nueva Esperanza Academy High School Art Dept.
- Shannon Wolsky · Children’s art
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