Rebecca D’Angeli (Summer Camp) Rebecca works regularly in the medium of acrylic paints but also enjoys creating with a myriad of 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 teaching at Rowan College as an Adjunct Professor of Art and is also involved with visual art fellowships and other community-based teaching opportunities in 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. Anne’s teaching experience includes working with very young students to older adults in area preschools, 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 an integrated process — both can also be enjoyed as a life-long experiential journey. As a teacher, Anne helps to facilitate the distinct learning process of each student to enable each student to maximize his/her potential and develop a unique individual style.
Bea Kaplan (Preschool, Drawing, Mixed Media, Printmaking) B.F.A., Carnegie-Mellon University, concentrations in printmaking and drawing. Bea has a range of experience in the art world including being an art teacher, gallery director, mural project coordinator, and therapeutic recreation program instructor. She has provided art instruction at multiple schools in the Tri-state region of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey including Westtown School, Tower Hill School, Friends School of Mullica Hill, NJ; The Winchester Thurston School, Pittsburgh, The Carnegie, Museum of Art, The Children’s Room, Pittsburgh, and Allegheny County – Association for Children.
Carrie Leibrand (Drawing, Mixed Media, Graphic Design, STEAM, Summer Camp) Carrie’s early interest in fine art led to her career as a graphic designer, social media marketer, and teacher. Her experience includes youth program development and exhibition design. Carrie also has a keen interest in STEAM programming. It stems from her art and tech background plus her time providing support at the Esther Klein Gallery (University City Science Center) where she collaborated with artists who employed STEAM ideation in their artwork. Her teaching style is one that emphasizes the process of making and inventing infused with creativity. She received her BFA from West Chester University in 2014. Her goal is to share her creative skills with organizations and programs that focus on social development through art, education, and service.
Erika Matyok (Drawing, Painting) Erika Matyok has had a passion for painting big, vibrant flowers most of her life. She enjoys large-scale painting projects and has worked on several popular murals that adorn landmarks 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, a company that specializes in custom murals, faux finishes, kids’ rooms and hand-painted furniture. In 2014, Erika led a community mural project in Northern Liberties Philadelphia for “Clean Up Day”. “I feel different, alive, and more connected every time I complete a work of art. Each piece holds a unique meaning, process, or look. It’s a positive and deeply 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 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 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.
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