Our instructors are classically trained, professional artists who have studied at some of the best academies in the world.
With more than 20 years of experience, Melissa has taught at every level from middle school through college; and has taught in some of the top art schools in the country including Pratt School of Art and Design, and the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Each year I help hundreds of students create work they didn't think possible; and guide dozens of high school students into great art programs at schools including NJIT, Pratt, St. Andrews, NYU, Rutgers, and more.
My years of experience as a designer, professor, and teacher allows me to provide students of all levels insight and instruction typically reserved for those attending the top arts programs.
Dana is an award-winning artist whose passion for art focusing specifically on portraiture and the effects of light and shadow on the human figure. After studying at the Art Students League and the National Academy to more deeply explore the techniques of the old masters, she pursued classical realist training at the Florence Academy of Art. Dana's roots are in classicism but each painting brings a new slant to her work.
‘Looking past the obvious, close observation and engagement of the subject are a large part of my painting process. One of my goals is to inspire those who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them, to discover beauty in nature, and to be drawn toward pictures that find meaning and poetry in the everyday. This with a love of drawing and a keen desire to explore the effects of light has formed my passion for painting.’
Megan K. Euell is a classically trained painter. Euell studied at a fine art atelier on eastern Long Island before attending Savannah College of Art and Design. She graduated from SCAD Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in 2010.
She then received a three-year intensive classical fine art training in Florence, Italy, at the Florence Academy of Art, where she honed her observational drawing and painting skills, working daily from live models, as well as their extensive plaster cast collection and still life objects. Euell completed the Advanced Painting Program at Florence Academy of Art in 2015.
Kate Annen graduated from the University of Cape Town with a B.A.(Art), H.D.E. and brings international experience having lived in South Africa, Germany and the United States. Kate has taught all ages, but mainly High School Art concentrating on Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media, Ceramics and History of Art and Architecture.
She takes great pleasure encouraging personal growth, exploration, and a love for art in all her students. At the moment she is most passionate about botanicals and experiments with detailed studies, close up observations and abstracted renderings, all in an effort to reveal the subtle beauty around us.