Rebecca D'Angeli (Visual Art) 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.
Andrew DiDonato (Ceramics) Andrew is a talented ceramic artist with a passion for working in clay that began in his youth during explorations at a summer arts camp. His developing skills directed him to continue his creative pursuits at the University of the Arts where he received his BFA in Ceramics. Andrew’s own work reflects his interest in combining the wheel throwing process and altering the shape with paddling and other techniques to arrive at the desired form and finished work. While in college, he spent summer sessions tutoring and assisting other students and found his second passion, a desire to teach. Andrew is adept as helping students gain confidence working creativity in clay and enhancing their skills. He is currently enrolled in a Masters Degree in Art Education program at Arcadia University.
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.
Liz Magnuson (Ceramics, Painting, Mixed Media) Originally from the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, Liz Magnuson blends traditional pottery techniques with modern forms in her personal work. She received her BFA from East Carolina University, and taught in nonprofits along the North Carolina coast. While her specialty is wheel thrown clay, Liz loves a variety of mediums including watercolor, textiles, and sculpture coalescing into an eclectic mix of artistic skills and predilections.
Erika Matyok (Drawing, Painting) Erika Matyok has enjoyed a passion for painting big, vibrant flowers throughout her life. She takes pleasure in 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”. Her large-scale murals emit energy. They are filled with imagery and impact. "I feel vibrant, alive, and more connected every time I complete a work of art. Each piece contains a unique meaning, process, or look. It's an affirmation and deeply personal feeling that comes with completion," exudes Erika. "It's a natural desire 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.
Jennifer Roman (Visual Art) Jennifer has been teaching both visual and performing arts for over 20 years. She holds an M. ED in Special Education and Pennsylvania certification in Art K-12 and Special Education. Jennifer taught adapted art and music to both school age students and adults with significant special needs for close to 15 years, as well as typical and gifted children and adults in community centers, after school programs, and arts organizations. Currently she works as a contract teaching artist at the Delaware Art Museum and the Darlington Art Center. When she is not teaching Jennifer is an active in community theater, as a musical theater performer and costume designer. As an artist she is deeply inspired by world cultures and mythology, responsible stewardship of the earth’s resources, and color and texture, and loves working in textiles and mixed media.
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.
Laura Westmoreland (Ceramics, art) Laura is a highly regarded teacher of visual arts and is rejoining the Darlington community. With expertise in ceramics and a variety of other media, Laura has been a teaching artist in the Greater Philadelphia area since 2006, Her venues include Darlington, Main Line Art Center, private studios, and other community settings.
She is currently a museum educator at Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, developing programs for adults and community groups. Her recent work has focused on issues of access for people with disabilities and English language learners. Laura is looking forward to reconnecting with the Darlington community as she brings a variety of artistic talents and skills to students of all ages.
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