Jessica is from New Jersey and has received her B.S. in Interior Design and her teaching certification from Moore College of Art and Design. She has been a teaching artist for the Yes and Collaborative Arts, The Village of Arts and Humanities, Portside Art Center, Philadelphia School District and now The Philly Art Center! She gains artistic energy in collaborative environments that focus on the process of art making and helping students to feel supported in their creative exploration. Jessica encourages her students imaginative story telling and inventive nature. She can be found in the city walking the small streets, and picking up leaves with a big smile on her face.
Bridget took her first pottery class as a sophomore in high school and has been in love with clay since then! She earned her BA in Studio Art at William and Mary College in 2004, where she focused on functional and sculptural ceramics. In 2009, she earned her M.Ed in K-12 Art Education at Arcadia University. Bridget believes that everyone can and should make art, and is looking forward to getting creative (and messy!) with students of all ages. When she's not in her studio, you can usually find her wandering around Collingswood, NJ, where she lives with her husband and two young sons.
Alex holds a Bachelor's degree in Game Design and Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic in upstate New York. He loves to create artwork with digital pen and tablet, chalk pastel, and colored pencils. Alex has many years of traditional art classes under his belt and enjoys passing on his knowledge to a future generation of artists!
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Marina has lived in Philadelphia for the past few years and loves it! She studied abroad in Rome for a semester and earned her BFA in Fibers & Material Studies from Temple University's Tyler School of Art. Marina loves teaching kids to get creative and grow their skills in the studio! Aside from teaching, she loves biking and embroidery.
Ben Chang earned his Masters of Fine Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with a concentration in drawing and painting. Prior to that, Ben studied at Tainan University of Technology, a seven-year arts program and completed an exchange student program at the University Of The Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. Ben brings his diverse studio experience and appreciation for art to his classes at PAC along with his love for Western art, particularly the High Renaissance masters like Titian and Vermeer.
Bailey Chick has been making for her entire life. She received her BA From Tyler School of art At Temple University, and her MFA from The University of Delaware. Her studio practice is multi-disciplinary but rooted in drawing, printmaking and installation. Bailey has been teaching undergraduate printmaking courses and loves introducing new mark making techniques to students and to seeing their artistic vocabulary grow. In her free time you can find Bailey cooking, rowing on the Schuylkill river, or running with her boarder collie/pitt-bull mix.
Brooke has lived in multiple cities around the country pursuing her career as an artist and exploring new places. While living in Oregon, she received her Bachelor Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Portland State University. Brooke has worked alongside many different ceramic tile artists which sparked her love for process work early on. Always learning, she has incorporated different crafts such as woodworking, painting, and sculpting to her skill set and when she is not teaching at the Philly Art Center she works as freelance artist specializing large-scale installations and displays. Brooke vividly recalls the art classes she took at a young age and attributes much of her creativity to this early exposure to techniques and artistic mediums. She hopes to pass along this joy and curiosity to all of her students!
Shelley joined the Philly Art Center family in 2011 after attending art and music classes with her daughters for many years. She has a Master of Public Health in community health education from Temple University and has experience in management, customer service and program planning and evaluation.
Shelley was also a doula for many years and has a special place in her heart for babies and their mamas. Shelley is not an artists but thoroughly enjoys being surrounded by both big and small ones!
Kathleen holds a BFA in Painting & Drawing from The University of the Arts and an MFA in Painting from The San Francisco Art Institute. She has studied art internationally in both, Budapest, Hungary and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
A Philadelphia resident, Kathleen is also an instructor at the Tyler School of Art. Kathleen has shown extensively in both Philadelphia and California, and has work included in private collections in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. Her work consists of large-scale oil paintings, drawings, ceramics and digital photographs.
Caitlin graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art with her Masters of Art in Teaching. Prior to this, she studied at Penn State University where she received her Bachelors in Studio Art (specializing in drawing and painting). Her artistic passion is graphite portraiture but finds endless excitement in the mixed media exploration that so often takes place in the art classroom. She has taught children from ages two to eighteen, finding their artistic understanding/know-how to be completely inspiring, but most loves the uninhibited energy and creativity of the youngest artists!
Pat is an art educator, an avid painter, and freelance comic illustrator in Philadelphia. He received his education from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and University of Pennsylvania, where he mastered his studies in painting and illustration. Whenever he's not working on a painting or teaching adult classes, he can be found spoiling his chihuahua!
Marlise holds a BFA in fine art and design from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Georgetown University. She was a textile designer in the home furnishing industry for many years, and then a product developer for consumer product companies. Marlise has 25 years of sewing experience, and when she's not sewing, she is involved in her kids' school PTA or with the local Mothers of Multiples group! She is a Cherry Hill, NJ native.
Originally from the Philadelphia area, Em is passionate about the art scene in this city. She received her BFA from Moore College of Art & Design and is a practicing visual artist, making humorous videos, performances, and sculptures. She is a firm believer that art happens where collaboration and conversation take place and views teaching as the most important type of collaboration!
Chrissie is a singer, songwriter, and pianist. After receiving her degree in Music Education from Temple University in 2005, Chrissie has been teaching piano and voice lessons, choir, and general music classes to people of all ages and various settings. She uses her energetic, imaginative style to encourage participation, develop musicianship, and inspire love for the universal language of music. Chrissie has also recorded several albums and completed national tours with her band!
Jill holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts and a BFA in art education from the University of New Mexico. With a K-12 teaching certificate, Jill has taught art at every level from preschool through university. In 2004, Jill launched the flagship location of Philly Art Center in Fairmount and has worked with dedication to grow Philly Art Center, delivering on their creative mission, ever since.
Kat writes curriculum for many of the Art Center programs, manages all centers' programs, and teaches classes for students aged 1 through 14, on and off site. Kat earned her B.A. in Contemporary Art with a concentration in Modern Art History from Universities on both US coasts. Her passion to study and make art took her all over the United States before finally settling in Philadelphia with her boisterous (and also creative) family.
Kat is a working artist, an Art History lecturer, and gallery curator, with her paintings exhibited both nationally and internationally. In addition, Kat has over 10 years of teaching experience, working with artists through hands-on specialty classes.
Graduating in 2015 from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Hannah holds a degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting and a minor in Art History,. She was a counselor at Hempfield Rec Daycamp in Lancaster for three years where she supervised kids of various ages; as a former member of Kutztown's tennis team, she instructed tennis there as well. Hannah is an abstract painter who believes that art is unplanned and that each mark is responding to a previous mark. Her biggest influence is Helen Frankenthaler. Aside from art and tennis, Hannah enjoys traveling and is looking forward to exploring her new home in Philadelphia.
Born and raised outside of Philadelphia, Avery grew up loving art and
anything that required getting a little messy. She recently graduated
from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and
thereafter decided to pursue art education. Avery loves kids and passing down her knowledge to help them grow as young artists. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, exploring and photography!
Meredith holds a BSFCS in Fashion Design. She spent a summer in Paris, France studying couture techniques at the Paris American Academy. She has assisted in the production of Haute Couture shows on the Paris runway for designers such as: Dominique Sirop, Elie Saab and Georges Hoebeka. She enjoys pattern making, sewing and the process of constructing a garment from a simple sketch to a fully lined garment. She loves all facets of fashion design: sewing, draping, dying, fabric manipulation and understanding the science behind textiles. In her free time, Meredith enjoys camping, cooking and traveling the world!
Haley was born and raised in Pennsauken, NJ. She graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a Bachelors in Visual Art and Design. Her experiences include teaching at The African American Atelier, The Goddard School, and now at Philly Art Center! The best parts of being a teacher is showing kids what they're capable of, and watching their skills and confidence grow. Haley's latest work as an artist is a series of portrait style paintings influenced by one of her favorite artists, Voka.
Annemarie is a current student at TYLER school of art. She has a background in a large array of media including painting, drawing, jewelry, metalwork, bookbinding, glass, wood, sewing. She is pursuing her masters in art education so she can continue on to be a full time teacher. She loves creating with kids and has been working a the art center for almost 5 years. She has been with the art center since she was 8 years old taking classes and now teaching them. In her free times she enjoys cooking and running.