Visual Art Teaching Artists


Becca D'AngeliRebecca D’Angeli (Summer Camp) Rebecca works regularly in the medium of acrylic paints but also loves to learn to create with new art materials. She completed a Master’s in Teaching Visual Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2010 and received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from West Chester University in 2007. She is currently working at Rowan College at Burlington County as an Adjunct Professor of Art and is also applying to visual art fellowships and other community based teaching opportunities around the Philadelphia Region. Rebecca believes in creating an atmosphere of curiosity and passion for learning. This helps in the learning process to not only build life-long learners, but also to encourage students to reach their highest creative potential.

Anne Dempsey (Paint, Clay, Mixed Media, Summer Camp) B.S. Arts Education, Kutztown University; certificate candidate, Violette De Mazia Foundation; graduate credits in Art History and related arts. Teaching and job experience: area nursing homes and preschools, Media child guidance, The Concept School, Community Arts Center of Wallingford, Main Line Arts Center, and adult education in the William Penn School District. Anne believes both teaching and learning are a process — in the case of learning, a life-long process. As a teacher, Anne hopes to facilitate the learning process of each student as an individual, where they are in their own process, in the way they learn best.

art class outside with Miss Bea2Bea Kaplan (Preschool, Drawing, Mixed Media, Printmaking) B.F.A., Carnegie-Mellon University, concentrations in printmaking and drawing. Art experience: art teacher, gallery director, mural project coordinator, and therapeutic recreation program instructor. Teaching experience: Westtown School, Westtown, PA; Tower Hill School, Wilmington, DE; Friends School, Mullica Hill, NJ; The Winchester Thurston School, Pittsburgh, PA; The Carnegie, Museum of Art, The Children’s Room, Pittsburgh, PA; Allegheny County – Association for Children.

Dan MasseDan Masse (Drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics) Dan is a graduate of Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, and also teaches in the Great Valley School District, Malvern. As an artist, he works in drawing, painting, printmaking, and ceramics. As a teacher, Dan gives students opportunities to make choices, encourages collaboration and teamwork, and connects students with culturally responsive artwork and artists. Dan also has experience teaching and managing outdoor programs for the Boy Scouts of America and has exhibited artwork locally.

Erimatyokka Matyok (Drawing, Painting) Erika Matyok has had a passion for painting big, vibrant flowers most of her life. She is no stranger to large-scale painting and has worked on many of the popular murals seen scattered throughout Philadelphia, including one that appeared on The Rachael Ray Show. She currently teaches aspiring young artists at an elementary school in Broomall and runs Fancyhands Designs, which is a company that specializes in custom murals, faux finishes, kids’ rooms and hand-painted furniture. Recently Erika led a community mural project in Northern Liberties Philadelphia for “Clean Up Day” 2014.  “I feel different every time I complete a work of art. Each piece holds a different meaning, process, or look. It’s a positive, and maybe personal, feeling that comes with completing a work of art,” says Matyok. “It’s a natural instinct for me to paint, draw and design.”

Jay McClellanJay McClellan (Drawing, Painting) M.F.A. Drawing/Painting, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; B.F.A. Drawing, Memphis College of Art; A.A. Graphic Design, Remington College. Teaching experience: Art Instructor Supervisor at Lower Merion Vocational Center, Art Instructor at Oasis Art & Education (Phila, PA), Teaching Assistant at PAFA. Solo exhibits: Saint Joseph’s University, F.U.E.L. Collective, BlinkArt Gallery, Vagabond’s (Little Rock, AR). Has exhibited in numerous group shows and received various awards.

Tia SantanaTia Santana (Ceramics) Tia is a Philadelphia native who lives and works in the surrounding suburbs and Wilmington, DE. She has worked as a ceramics instructor for the Creative Center for the Arts, as an art teacher for a private preschool, and was recently awarded a Teaching Artist Residency with the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. Tia attended Community College of Philadelphia to study general art, received her BFA from Moore College of Art & Design in 2D and 3D fine art, and received her MFA from the University of Delaware with a specialization in Ceramics.

Jeremy SimsJeremy Sims (Ceramics, Drawing & Painting) Jeremy Sims is an international artist who specializes in atypical craft, Contemporary Design and Surface Development. After receiving his BFA in Ceramics in 2011 he began working for several art studios including Baltimore Clayworks. in 2012 he was a resident at the Guldagergaard Ceramic Research Center. In 2015 the solo show US AND THIS was showcased in Dallas with That That Gallery. Jeremy has taught for several facilities including Baltimore Clayworks, New Phoenix Pottery, The Wayne Art Center and others.

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