MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
Kristen Margiotta is an illustrator, fine artist and art instructor with a BFA from the University of Delaware. Her artwork is exhibited nationally and she has illustrated several books.
Her most recent publication is the Gustav Gloom series for young readers.
Deanna Daly is an artist who focuses on collage and painting. Deanna studied illustration at Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) and received her Associates Degree in 2010. At DCAD, she learned illustrative and graphic design techniques, which broadened her spectrum of mediums. She received her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design in the Spring of 2013 in Art Education and Fine Arts with an emphasis in 2-D Design. Deanna Daly has taught art at Great Taste Design Company in Wilmington, DE, Camp Accomplish in Maryland, Moore’s Young Artists Workshop Program in Philadelphia and student taught art K-8 at Greenfield School in Philadelphia. Daly’s past exhibitions include the DCAD Alumni show in 2011, the Art of Student Teaching Show at Moore College in 2013.
Cynthia Swanson enjoys teaching art to students of all ages at CCArts and other local organizations. A painter with a BFA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, she exhibits her work locally and nationally and is especially known for paintings that express her love of the outdoor world.
Rachel Barton has appeared in numerous theatre and television productions, commercials and film. Rachel has worked with the CT film office on major studio productions such as SONY and Columbia pictures. For over 30 years, she has inspired and motivated performing arts students by creating a fun and challenging learning environment.
Paul completed his general requirements to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in music at Thomas Edison State College, New Jersey. Prior, he studied commercial music at Rowan University, specializing in music performance in jazz piano, composition and classical piano. Paul continues to experiment with music styles in his song writing, arranging and recording. He also works to stay in touch with the local music scene playing coffee houses as a solo performer or as a member of 2 bands. He continues to practice his development of blues and jazz. He has written original material, arrangements and recorded music for radio advertisements, local cable television, in-house hotel music and for a Miss New Jersey contestant. Accepting beginner and intermediate students. Website: www.reverbnation.com/paulborisjr
I was born in Russia and attended the Moscow School of Fine Arts, where I studied art history, figure painting and drawing in the classical realistic tradition. Before immigrating to the United States, I spent the summer of 1981 in Italy, studying art at the greatest museums. To be in Rome, to spend days in front of the masterpieces in the Vatican and to study for weeks the works of the Masters was an unforgettable experience. My interest in sculpture grew stronger, and in 2005, I went back to school and started my studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in sculpture. I have exhibited extensively in Philadelphia area in solo and group shows and my sculptures, drawings and commissioned portraits in pastel and bronze are in many private and some public collections. In 2010 I was granted a commission for the life-size, two figure bronze statue depicting St.Leonie Aviat by the St. Bernadette of Lourdes Parish in Drexel Hill, PA.
I am a Philadelphia native who lives and works as a teaching artist in the Philadelphia suburbs and Wilmington, Delaware. I enjoy teaching art and inspiring my students to cultivate creative practices. I teach for a private preschool and I was recently awarded a Teaching Artist Residency with the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. I attended Community College of Philadelphia where I studied general art courses. I received a B.F.A. from Moore College of Art & Design and earned a M.F.A. from the University of Delaware with a specialization in Ceramics. I enjoy the effortless tendencies artistic practices are able to create and build community. My current work focuses on landscape narratives and objectification. The small scaled ceramic reliefs create installations that make up more than 100 mini personal landscape narratives.
Jamie has been teaching classes in Glass Fusion at the Center since 2010. By day, Jamie works in the pharmaceutical industry, and any free time is spent either teaching or learning/experimenting with different glass techniques and mediums. Jamie thoroughly enjoys teaching at the Center and watching students express themselves through the creation of beautiful glass works of art. Jamie lives in Kennett Square, PA, with her husband Gregg, her No. 1 Apprentice!
Lynne Claire Morse, Soprano. Lynne Claire Morse recently sang the role of Beth in American composer Mark Adamo's Little Women and Female Narrator in Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia. During the summer of 2009, she was a featured vocalist in the Best of the Sacred Songs of Duke Ellington as part of the Dupont/Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, in Wilmington, Delaware. Also, as a featured soloist, she was honored to participate in the World Premiere of The Wright Requiem, written by Andrew Wright, the Director of Music of Westminster Cathedral in London. Career highlights include singing Lily, one of the lead roles in Cindy Lou (Susan Asbjornson, composer), a World Premiere performance in Los Angeles. She has starred in productions including Don Giovanni (Donna Anna), Le Nozze di Figaro (Countess), Sleeping Beauty (Queen). Lynne Claire was featured in Virginia Opera's Spectrum Resident Artist Program in 2006. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and has just completed a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Delaware.
Naomi Owens began violin lessons at the age of three. Besides actively playing as a violinist in her church, Naomi continued to pursue her passion for music by learning the guitar, singing and playing with her sisters in open mics, the piano, and is a harpist in the Brandywine Harp Orchestra. With a love for not only classical music but Irish, fiddle, country and pop among other genres, Naomi looks to inspire her students to embrace the versatility and beauty of the violin, as well as to explore the excitement of the world of music as a whole.
Monika holds a university degree in Business administration, specializing in Marketing and Sales. She acquired artistic skills in needle crafting, sewing and visual arts growing up in Germany and has been enjoying them ever since. She refined her skills at evening art school in Barcelona/ Spain where Monika lived and worked for 7 years. Moving to the US to start a family, she discovered her passion for teaching children through homeschooling her own son. Her teaching experience ranges from several years of language classes inGerman and Spanish to needle craft classes and art summer camps. Currently Monika teaches birthday parties at CCArts and is available for private language lessons or tutoring)
I am a Missouri native who just recently moved to Hockessin Delaware. This past December, I graduated from the University of Central Missouri, where I majored in art education with an emphasis in drawing. My favorite thing to draw would have to be portraits. I have always loved art since I was a young girl. Teaching runs in my family, so from a very young age I knew that I wanted to be an educator as well. My mission as an art educator would be to get kids truly interested in the arts. It would also have to be to let all children know that anyone is capable of creating beautiful art!
I have trained with and shot alongside some very big names in the fine art photography scene. Most of them I am fortunate enough to call friends. We regularly try to get out and shoot conceptual images. The experience it provides is invaluable. I am constantly training in Digital Photography and various editing programs. Always a student, right? I am currently a freelance photographer and Public Relations consultant who has worked in all disciplines including action sports, still life, portraits, and events.
Tara has over 25 years of dancing experience and has been teaching in the Philadelphia/Wilmington area for over 10 years. She received extensive training in the art of dance at D’Shay School of Dance in the areas of ballet, pointe, modern tap, African, hip hop and jazz. Tara has proudly been working towards her Vocational Education Teaching Certification in K-12 Dance at Temple University and her Autistic movement therapy certification. Tara has studied under and with many renowned teachers and performers. She also hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education and has worked within Philadelphia schools as an elementary teacher for 8 years. Tara is well versed in engaging and managing a classroom of little learners.
Riva Brown has been a professional artist for over 4 decades. She was educated in the Wilmington Public School system and graduated from high school in 1971 as a member of the National Honor Society. She enrolled at the University of Delaware in the Bachelor’s in Art program, receiving her degree in 1975 with a minor in Art History. Finding herself in a boring job in a local crafts store upon graduation from college, Riva taught herself Calligraphy to pass the time. She then began doing envelope addressing, flyers, posters and a variety of compositions with a strong calligraphic base, which has formed the core of her career. Then, as now, the emphasis was on complex projects, interweaving watercolor and gouache with calligraphy. She holds Signature Status in the Delaware Watercolor Society (DWS), is a member of the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH), and an Associate Member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society.