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 a warm hearted 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 Bonner 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!" She's part of our Friday Night ARTS program offering Collage 101 and tiny art - a great class!
Tannerlee Lewis is a bright and shining star with a fun loving and happy soul that has worked in our studio for ages! First as a camp counselor and now as a special teacher for parties, events and Parent's Night Out events (yea). She's a busy entertainer and performer around the county, starring in a popular children's program and we're lucky to have her!
Britt Witt is an intuitive artist and therapeutic healer who loves to sing, create and connect on a deeper level as she inspires others to do the same. She offers Intentional Creation classes as part of our new Friday Night ARTS workshop series which encourages artists to use flowers and feathers as paint brushes and just connect to all-that-is for creativity! And, Britt will be teaching our fall Saturday kids art class with another new teacher, Harriet Ragsdale - we welcome Britt!
Margaret Baker was born on the west coast and is a self described creative, full of love and energy and all happy things. She expresses through art and her current passion is abstract paint pouring. She loves including unconventional tools and seeing where the art takes each student - join her new adult workshop called Paint Pouring Botanicals - fun!
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 co-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 also 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 UV Resin jewelry, take a workshop during our Friday Night ARTS program .Come and discover Crista's playful spirit!
Harriet Ragsdale is our newest addition to our teaching staff, a recently retired certified art educator with McKinney ISD with 20+ years experience. A truly engaging soul with an artistic flair to help children learn how to create with their own styles. Harriet is offering Saturday morning Art, Art and More Art classes plus Monday Sensory Art for our neuro diverse populations needing a loving and caring style focusing on sensory play. We're excited for everyone to meet Harriet!
Scout Wilson finds beauty in everything she touches from painting, pencils, body art, tattooing and her Dallas area murals. Her work is on display at the Bath House and Wright Art Twin Gallery. Scout joins joins us from Philadelphia, PA after attending art college for education and graphic design. We've just added Scout to our party program and our future Sip and Paint monthly program - say hello to our newest teacher when you get a chance.