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, a retired elementary art teacher is engaging, artsy, fun, vivacious, and gives young artists new and interesting ways to think of creativity. Deanna offers classes in adult workshops in Glass Fusing 101 plus homeschool art and after school classes in our Art, Art and More Art program.
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!
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 Sound Healing with Britt, 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 Scout Wilson.
Meet Sheena LaPlante, our newest pottery teacher in the studio with years and years of experience working with clay and ceramics. Sheena's a Texas native, mother of twin girls, Girl Scout troop leader and all around awesome human that loves throwing large functional vessels with vibrant and brilliant hues. She offers all level adult pottery classes on Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings.
Meet Keri Christopher, a darling educator we are so happy to have at the studio! She's teaching Just Write, a homeschool creative writing course for second to sixth graders.
Keri's love of reading, writing, teaching and supporting her two homeschoolers curriculum make her a perfect addition to our staff.
Martha Duncan is our in-house art house manager, chief financial officer 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.
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, pottery classes and more!
Cassie Appleby, retired art educator from Glen Oaks Elementary is warm hearted, kind, helpful and uplifting. "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 plus the ever popular program Art, Art and More Art.
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 us from Philadelphia, PA after attending art college for education and graphic design. We've just added Scout to our party program and Sip and Paint program - say hello to our newest teacher when you get a chance.
Like others on our teaching staff, Kay is super creative with fiber arts, metal smithing, jewelry, cloisonné, photography, framing, stained glass, etching, mosaics and pottery. Clay is her favorite medium and she's been teaching and inspiring others for more than a decade. We are lucky to have found Kay with her peaceful and warm spirit, no-how and easy to follow guidance. Join her Tuesday Pottery 6:30-9pm class starting in August or Sip and Throw Pottery Party.
Sherri Murphy, a professional educator for 20+ years, is the newest addition to our school - she's most known for her happy, bright, colorful and whimsical art. She brings her enthusiasm into the studio with her Happy Art program as she leads students with joy (starting in Spring 2022). Sherri is an avid photographer and creator of the Facebook group McKinney Photo of the Day. Her desire to inspire, create and touch the lives of those around her makes her a great addition to our art school!
Katey Loveless brings the fun to functional art! As a passionate potter, wood worker, painter, business design consultant, interior and web designer, she sees the beauty of art in many different spaces. She leads by creating warm and inclusive spaces for all to let their inner creative shine. Join Katey for a Sip and Throw Pottery Party, Private Pottery Party, or a Mug Making Session.