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Meet the Instructors:
Laurel is a working and teaching artist who has been at Munroe since 2013. She founded and facilitates the Figure Drawing studio group, and leads 'In Your Hands', the teen visual arts studio group. She has been active in the visual arts in Lexington since her grown children were elementary students, and is a member of the ArtWalk committee. Her focus is on building an individual’s art 'language' through practice, risk, and play. Explore Laurel's work and read more about her inspirations online!
Alice DelDonno is a life-long art-maker and has been teaching youth art classes in Lexington for the past 20 years. She holds a BA in Studio Arts from the University of Rochester and an MEd in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University.
In her home studio, Alice enjoys watercolor sketching, collage art, and hand-making artist books. She finds that guiding children through their exploration of art media and creative expression is a source of inspiration for her own work. Alice enjoys encouraging collage exploration and paper arts. Check out her personal work on Instagram!
Leah Nashel is a painter, writer, and multi-disciplinary artist. She attended Brandeis University, with a focus in Studio Art for both her BA and post-baccalaureate program. Leah continued her studies through Michigan State's Masters program. She is excited to share her love of creating with more students, helping them develop work that is unique and inspiring to them. She has loved her experiences teaching at both MCA and as a college teaching assistant for both 2D and 3D studio courses.
Stigliano is a printmaker extraordinare, with experience leading students of all ages through book arts, drawing, and printmaking. Currently she is a faculty member of the Art, Art History, and Film Department at Boston College. She has curated for Hess Gallery and taught across New England, from Walnut Hill School for the Arts to Art New England. Her artwork is in collections and displayed both nationally and internationally in areas such as Boston Museum of Fine Artists and the Book Art Museum of Łodz. More information on her wonderful and extensive endeavors are available online!
Lea is an artist and illustrator with a Masters in Fine Arts and Illustration from the Neue Kunst Schule in Basel, Switzerland. Originally from Switzerland, she now lives and works in the greater Boston area. Her range of artistic media includes oil, gouache, watercolor, ink, and digital painting.
In addition to her work as a fine artists, Lea provides illustrations for books, magazines, and printed materials. Her style has been described as playful, minimalist, and well-proportioned. Lea has exhibited across New York City, Basel, and Boston areas. View her work and list of exhibitions on her website!
Anyone who attended our vacation camps will recognize Teacher Nat! In their classroom, Nat makes sure to balance fun with learning plenty of skills, such as design, structure, and detail work. Nat has been a visual artist since they were young, using paint and recycled materials to make puppets, costumes, sculptures, mobiles, and more. Nat's classes expound upon childlike imagination, giving students the tools, skills, and guidance to let their imaginations run wild. Check out their personal Instagram, full of tiny creations!
Judith is an artist-teacher who received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from Boston University, minoring in art education. She taught art for 30 years in the Gloucester public schools, mainly spanning ceramics, drawing, and portfolio development. Now, Judith utilizes a Masters from Lesley University and training in spiritual guidance to lead creativity and self-exploration workshops from her Lexington studio space. Judith participates locally by teaching classes and serving on the steering committee for Lexington Open Studios.
Her drawings and mixed media pieces have won awards from the Women's Caucus for Art and Cambridge and the Concord Art Associations. Her work hangs in private and corporate collections, and can be seen on her website.
Anya Krupnik is a multi-disciplined art educator and ceramic artist. As a ceramicist, she is skilled leading students through both pottery wheel and hand-building techniques. She is passionate about teaching students of all levels because she believes that art lessons bring a lifetime of inspiration. Anya holds an MFA from Yale University School of Art and a BA from the Corcoran School of Art. Much of her own functional artwork can be seen on display, such as in the 87th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft at the Fitchburg Art Museum. See both in-process and completed pieces on her website.
Annie first fell in love with pottery over 30 years ago during a college course, practicing throughout graduate school. Years later, she joined the Munroe community as a student and volunteer, which reignited her love for the ceramic arts. Annie is foremost drawn to the pottery wheel, which she believes helps improve focus and combat stress. Additionally, Annie enjoys experimenting with glaze combinations. In her day-to-day, Annie lectures at her alma mater MIT, where she studied Real Estate & City Planning.
As a long-time Lexington resident and arts advocate, Jamie Magid is excited to join the ceramics teaching team! As a multi-media creator, they enjoy working in both 2D and 3D mediums. In the classroom, Jamie emphasizes tactile and interactive elements of art in order to encourage creativity and play. She holds a B.A. from Lesley University. Jamie's crafted creatures and other artwork can be viewed online.
Alejandra Cuadra Sanchez
Alejandra Cuadra Sanchez is an interdisciplinary artist living in Medford, MA. She holds a BFA in Sculpture and Minor in Public Engagement from Maine College of Art, and participated in various residencies ranging from Yale Norfolk School of Art to the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation. After ten years of apprenticing at Kemp Pottery, Alejandra continues her creative path as an independent artist, studio assistant at Emmanuel College, and participant in Mudflat Studio's technical program. She believes working with clay allows one to experiment with letting go of control, and is excited to bring her enthusiasm and knowledge to the ceramics studio.
Andrew "Andy" Rhodes has been directing, acting, and teaching in New England for the past 20 years. He holds degrees in general theatre and acting performance, and works as Director of Education for the Burlington Players when not teaching or performing. Andy believes that students should learn all aspects of theatre from set, costume, and light design to acting performance. He looks forward to continuing to bring his years of experience to the classroom. Knowledge is power.
Sarah Scoville is a multi-disciplinary art educator, artist, and community organizer. She holds both a BFA and MAED from The Maryland Institute College of Art. For over 10 years, her work focused on visual arts education for high schoolers; now, she now enjoys teaching both children and adults across the Boston area. Sarah's own artwork, including monoprints and crafted jewelry, can be explored online!
Emily is a painter of oils and acrylics, known for her expressive, loose style. She works from observation, both in the studio and plein air, and describes her work as 'a reaction to’ the subject, as opposed to a ‘rendering’. In addition to teaching oil and acrylic techniques, she encourages and teaches students to sketch. She says daily sketching is a great way to heighten one's ability to see, and important to incorporate into one’s painting process. After earning both a fine arts degree and a Master’s in Education, she had a successful career as an educator and graphic designer. She teaches privately in her California barn-studio during winter months, and at various educational venues near Boston. Her work is shown in galleries in New England and private collections internationally. See more of Emily's work online.
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