Tim Bednar is a retired fire fighter and business professional that spends his days playing with clay, teaching students how to throw on the wheel, working with his son at Profound Farms and chasing his grandkids around. Tim teaches most of the day on Thursdays in our brand new pottery studio. Learn more here.
Emily Scott is a joyous and light hearted educator and artist that engages with her students on many levels. A native of Maine, Emily enjoys travel, hiking, camping, the great outdoors as well as playing in the clay studio with her friends and students. Emily teaches artists of all ages including kids pottery classes our new Sip and Throw and our ever popular adult pottery classes.
Deanna Smith is a recently retired elementary art teacher with 16 years of experience that joins us this fall. She's engaging, artsy, fun, vivacious, and gives young artists new and interesting ways to think of creativity. Deanna offers classes in adult workshops plus homeschool and after school classes in our Art, Art and More Art program.
Deepika is our newest pottery teacher and a self described "aesthete and a lover of all things beautiful," and it shows in her personal art pieces from lidded vessels, mugs, spoon rests, cheese boards and sets of bowls and plates. Working alongside Dee is peaceful and serene - join her pottery wheel and clay class on Tuesdays.
Linda has enjoyed creating from a very young age with sewing and fiber arts projects. As a McKinney working artist she has 5 products that are sold through Art-O-Mat and is continuously creating and developing new miniature art concepts. She's an active member of the McKinney Art Club as well as Dallas Area Fiber Artists. "I have a passion for sharing creativity with others; watching them bloom and encouraging them is my great joy!" Her Be Creative Now workshops include card making, collage, and miniature art projects that inspire.
Martha Duncan is our in-house art house manager and the glue that keeps Jump Into Art Studios running - she's an artist, crafter, helper, healer, solver-of-problems, carpenter and accountant. Martha makes the art house a better place! She also handles billing so any inquires should be directed to her.
Gabby Cox leads our Sensory Art program that focuses on our neuro diverse art population with a variety of hands on projects that include play, drama, art and nature. Originally an English and Drama teacher, Gabby is a strong advocate for alternative classrooms, and a firm believer in the philosophy that education should be customized to the needs of the students, instead of using the “one size fits most” approach of most schools. Gabby alos runs our Soaps from Scratch workshops with from-scratch ingredients that encourages participants to continue this at home.
Wendy Lamar runs Caldwell Elementary School Art Department and is a breath of fresh artistic air - she can create anything! She's been an inspiration at our studio since we've started running art parties, summer camps, Sip and Throw, Art, Art and more Art classes and recently launched young artists programs called Simple Art.
Cassie Appleby is a great addition to our teaching staff and recently retired art educator from Glen Oaks Elementary. Warm hearted, kind, helpful and uplifting are words to describe Cassie's classroom style. "Watching student's hearts and talents grow with excitement as they create," as she teaches new techniques in sketching and painting. Her classes include drawing and painting, the ever popular program Art, Art and More Art, mom's morning out and drawing and painting for adults.
Crista Slover has recently moved from the mountains of East Tennessee, as a retired recreation therapist and self proclaimed "Jill of all art, master of none".
She has taught classes in weaving, wood carving, clay sculpting, metal embossing, sewing, crochet, painting and miniature gardens. An advocate for "recreation wellness", she believes that art and handcrafting are vital to our overall health and nurtures our need for play. For the past few years Crista has been creating colorful and imaginative jewelry with UV Resin and is offering adult workshops with us - yeah! Come and discover Crista's playful spirit!