I opened The Art School of NePa 20 years ago with the hope of giving children the encouragement and attention they needed in order to excel in art. I started with 10 students in a one room studio. Three years later, my enrollment had risen to 60 students. It was then that I decided to run the studio full time. I also needed to hire another art teacher. I was truly lucky to find Rachel Lavelle. Rachel shares with me a love of art and a dedication to teaching. We currently teach between 60 and 80 students each year.
Children may begin taking art classes at age 5. We also offer a range of classes for teenagers and adults. Days and times for all of these classes are included on this website.
We are open year round. We added Monday night drawing classes for beginning and advanced students and an adult art class on Wednesday nights this year.
I insist on limiting class size to five students per teacher. This allows me to get to know each student and to work with each one in a way many teachers wish to but cannot. I strive to make the school a friendly environment where the students are encouraged to test their talent and challenge their imaginations. It is important for the students to learn the techniques of drawing, painting, sculpture, etc. But it is more important that they find a way to express their unique view of the world. My students are at all different ages and skill levels. Their love of art and their courage to try new techniques unite them. I am honored to be their teacher.
owner, The Art School of NePa