Art Instructor Bio’s
Jennifer Becker has taught in and around Baltimore for the past 20 years. She has a BFA from Va. Commonwealth University and a MFA from the University of Maryland. Recently she exhibited her work at the Micro-Monumental exhibition in Washington D.C. and the Dejavu exhibition at Alrington Arts Center in Alrlington, Va. Jennifer also received a Fulbright teaching fellowship in 2004 to travel and study in Japan. She enjoys teaching and says “anyone can learn to draw if they practice and keep an open mind.”
Karen Darden has been teaching culinary arts for two years. She attended at Baltimore International College where she received her degree. Karen has worked for 10 years as a food service director at Sunrise Assisted Living Facility where she recognized for her customer service for the years 2002 and 2003. Karen says cooking is what comes naturally to her and she enjoys sharing and teaching others the joy of cooking.
Certified by the Yarn Council of America since 2002, Karen Darden has been teaching knitting and crochet for the past 10 years. In 2005 She was one of the Fall/Winter Assessory Designers for the Fashion on Charles Show held in Baltimore. Karen says Crochet and knitting are her life passions. She has been crocheting and knitting for years and gets a personal joy from sharing this skill with others.
Tosha L. Davis, M.A, A.T.R. is an Art Therapist who is committed to breaking the stigma of mental illness using creative modalities. She has facilitated trainings at Howard University- School of Education, Department of Psychoeducational Studies, and Counseling Psychology. She has also been a guest lecturer at The George Washington University, Graduate Art Therapy Program in Washington, DC. Ms. Davis currently works in Baltimore, Maryland at Sheppard Pratt Behavioral Health Systems. She is an Art Therapist, providing services on the dual diagnosis and crisis stabilization inpatient units. In addition, she works as a consultant for several senior centers, as well as various organizations around Baltimore.
Ben Dursa graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BA of Fine Arts and an M.A.T. He recently participated in the Believe in Our Schools Campaign and his painted crab was on display in the Inner Harbor. For the last 6 years he has taught studio arts, and graphic design at Randallstown High school.
Judith Frederick is a computer programmer/systems analyst by profession and an artist by choice. In 1998, she began working with clay first as a personal hobby and later got more formal training, and became more proficient on the wheel. Her work progressed towards more functional utilitarian forms and high fire glazed in both oxidation and reduction. Judith Frederick says, "Making a pot requires that I listen to and feel the material, my thoughts and my feelings. I let the clay speak to me." She enjoys using unique glazes to creating fancy decorative vessels as well as functional ware with creative handles. Judith Frederick enjoys experimenting with various glazes on different bodies of clays. In the future, she is looking forward to participating in Raku firing.
Susan Grancio has been making quilts for more than 30 years, for family, friends and on commission. She has also been teaching quilt making through local guilds, quilt shops, schools and privately for many years. Susan retired from a career as a nursing educator. Susan has attended many national quilting workshops as she continues developing her own personal quilt making style. Susan particularly enjoys helping beginning quilters successfully learn a variety of techniques so that they may develop and grow in their skills.
A 2004 M.F.A graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art, Jill Greenberg enters her third year on the adjunct faculty at CCBC. She brings to her darkroom and studio lighting classes twelve years of experience as a photojournalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as over 20 years of practice in fine art photography. Ms. Greenberg received Individual Artist Grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the City of Baltimore in 2005 and 2006, respectively, for her mixed media and installation work. For over 20 years, she has shown her work in a wide variety of media in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and the Midwest. Of her teaching at CCBC, Ms. Greenberg remarks: “I enjoy watching students gain control of the instruments and techniques of shooting and darkroom work that ultimately serve to develop their unique expressive vision.”
Mary Hansen has been working for CCBC for 5 years as Horticulture Manager in charge of the Horticulture and Floral Design Programs. She has been teaching Floral Design classes for Con-Ed since spring of 2005. She received a Certificate Degree in Greenhouse Management, and in Floral Design from CCBC. Mary works part-time as a floral designer at Michael’s Arts & Crafts, in White Marsh, primarily doing wedding designs.
Mary says she enjoys teaching people flower arranging because she likes to watch their progress and share in their joy when they’ve finished a design.
Evelyn Hatten received her formal training in jewelry making at the Community College of Baltimore County, and she has attended the Maryland Institute of College Art, where she plans to pursue her certificate in jewelry design. Evelyn is also an experienced teacher. She has taught youths and adults at the Annapolis Department of Recreation and Parks. Evelyn established Precious Stones Bead Shoppe, LLC in 2002, since then she works full-time on what she loves, helping people to develop their creativity. Evelyn says, “I love to work with my students, and I love to teach them how to make pieces that people love…pieces that make them happy.”
James Lewis has been teaching photography classes for the Community College of Baltimore County for the past year. James says he has always been fascinated with picture taking. There is nothing that he enjoys doing more. He says teaching makes him a better photographer. The act of explaining, demonstrating and analyzing causes him to resurrect detailed knowledge of processes that he may have taken for granted in this day of automatic cameras.
Jennifer Littleton is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is the owner and instructor of the Littleton School of Art which she established in 1994. Ms. Littleton has taught for Towson University, and currently instructs drawing, painting, and sculpture classes for CCBC, as well as drawing and sculpture at Kreiger Schecter Day School. Her works have been on display in numerous exhibitions with the Laural Art Guild and Patuxent Art League at Montpelier Cultural Art Center, as well as being featured in group shows at Columbia Art Center, the Charcoal Club, and the Maryland Institute College of Art.
James McKee, artist, educator attended Maryland Institute and finished his art training with a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts at Towson. He has received MSDE certification in Visual Arts, Master, K-12 grades and now an Advanced Professional certificate. His art works were featured in a faculty show at the Baltimore City Board of Education. James enjoys teaching and has taught for the CCBC non-credit studio arts for several years at various evening locations. James says “to see others enjoy an experience and want further success makes life its best.”
Greg McLemore has been teaching art for about five years. He has a Master of Fin Arts degree from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina, Asheville. He has exhibited in Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia and Arizona. When asked what his personal interest in teaching is, Greg responds, “I love discussing the intricacies of such a multifaceted discipline. Art is an endless learning experience. Besides sharing my own knowledge, I also enjoy meeting new students and learning about their ideas.”
Nancy Monti has been teaching Calligraphy classes for well over five years. She has done certificate work, invitations, cards, posters, and birth announcements. Nancy believes in one-on-one attention as she teaches the basics while encouraging students to develop their own style. With the ability to teach both left and right handed students, Nancy can teach anyone with the desire to learn. She particularly enjoys teaching a fine art in a relaxed atmosphere and says her students’ enthusiasm and dedication uplifts her own.
John Pearson is a native Baltimorian who was educated here and at the University of Heildeberg, Germany in Art History. He has been an appraiser of art & antiques for 30 years. His work is accepted by museums in the east coast, as well insurance companies, law firms, courts, governments, and private institutions. John has taught art history and appraising for 6 years at various community colleges.
Penny Potter graduated from the Maryland Institute Graduate School of Painting with a Masters of Fine Arts. Penny has been teaching bead weaving classes for the Baltimore Community College for 2 years. She regards beads as the perfect medium, in addition to being objects of historical significance and beauty; they also draw attention to light and celebrate color, form and texture. Penny’s jewelry exhibitions include Uncommon Beauty: Common Objects, African American Craft National, and the Mid-Atlantic Craft Exhibition. In addition her jewelry has been sold at the American Craft Museum in New York City, The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Tomlinson Craft Collection in Baltimore.
Maria Rhee is a graduate of the Women Teachers' College of Seoul, Korea. She has been teaching for the Baltimore County school system for several years. In 1991, Maria received the Outstanding Educator Award for Baltimore County Public Schools. Maria says “I enjoy teaching because it is an opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with my students.”
Janet Saltzman graduated of the Maryland Institute, and is now a member of the alumni Master Guild. She is employed by the Baltimore County Department of Aging, and currently teaches a mixed media art class and drawing class at the Cockeysville Senior Center. Janet has also taught a watercolor and drawing class plus an Illustrating and writing book class at B.Y.K.O.T.A. Senior Center. She has taught art in her own studiofor over 25 years, and started teaching with her husband at Franklin. She loves to see individuals develop aesthetic skills.
Norman Saltzman owned Palace Art for twenty-one years, where he worked as a professional picture framer until he retired. Norman has taught mat cutting & picture framing skills for CCBC for many years. He began teaching for Baltimore County Adult Education in ’84 at Franklin and proceeded to teach at many of the area high schools. His success in teaching is his ability to enjoy seeing students learn to mat and frame pictures.
Fran Santimays graduated from the Baltimore International College. She has 5 years teaching experience in cooking and cake decorating with children and adults. Fran Santimays has also gain lots of experience working in hotels, restaurants, catering, and bake shops. Fran says she enjoys seeing her students have fun while gaining confidence in their culinary skills as she passes along all she has learned in her field.
Wayne Schaumburg graduated from Baltimore City College, attended Towson University, received a Masters degree in history from Morgan State University, and a Masters of Liberal Arts degree from Hopkins University. Wayne has been giving illustrated lectures on Baltimore history for over 25 years, covering a variety of topics from architecture to the Baltimore fire. And for the last 20 years he has led tours through one of Baltimore’s landmarks, Green Mount Cemetery.
Kathy Schwabeland has been creating quilts for 9 years and teaching others to quilt for 4 years. She enjoys sharing her experience with her students and discovers something new each time she teaches a class. Kathy exhibits her quilts at the local level and is a member of the Flying Geese Quilt Guild.
Lauren Small has been teaching fiction writing workshops in the Baltimore area for over five years. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature and have studied fiction writing at the University of Iowa and at the John Hopkins University. Her work has appeared in prominent literary magazines, including Partisan Review and StoryQuarterly. She has also read from her novels in New York, and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. She teaches writing workshops because she believes “writers are the best people in the world, and there is nothing more exciting or satisfying than joining them on their journeys their writing takes them.”
Betty J. Stadler is a certified knitting instructor by the Craft Yarn Council of America. She has been teaching for CCBC for 5 years and has been knitting for over 30 years. She also attends Knitting Conventions to constantly update her skills.
Nan Thompson is an Interior Decorator by profession; but has a vast number of distinctly different creative interests. Including photography, Haiku (Japanese poetry), and papermaking, just to name a few. Nan’s love of all things Asian inspired her to start papermaking about 10 years ago and since then she has taught students of all ages. Nan says she loves to see the amazement of her students as their oatmeal-like pulp turns into decorative, personal, and useful sheets of paper and beautiful pieces of art.
Janet Waters Bailey grew up in Baltimore. She has worked with Baltimore Clayworks as the Director of Community Art Programs and taught children and adults all over the Baltimore area. In addition to teaching, Janet has exhibited her work at regional museums, galleries and outdoor art festivals. She enjoys teaching because it helps her stays centered. The process of deciding how to explain new ideas to students helps her remember the “basics” in her own work.
Carol Zika, M.A Art Education, has had a successful teaching career for more than 25 years and is recognized for creating a non-threatening and supportive learning atmosphere. Students return year after year to learn from this versatile instructor. Owner/Director of Zika Studios, Creative Arts faculty at Ghost Ranch, NM.