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Art Workshops, Classes and Camps

Students of all ages and levels enjoy the art workshops, classes and camps. Give the gift of creativity to your family, friends, children, grand kids and colleagues!
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2016 AOY Class Session Calendar

Registration Deadlines are one week prior to the start of each class.

  • Adult Art Classes/Workshops
  • Youth Art Classes
  • Private Lessons
  • Teaching Artists
  • Fall 1

Fall I Session – September 11th - October 22nd

Please note: Due to religious holidays in October for the Fall I session a 5 week payment option is available for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday classes.
Please email Jim Bongartz, Education Director, AOY, to receive a payment amount and payment arrangements.

98: Introduction to Acting

$120. Members. $135. Non-Members
6 sessions/Mondays 7:00 - 9:00 pm
September 12 to October 17
Teaching Artist: Joey Perillo

Introduction to Acting, (adults, 18+). Instructor Joey Perillo is a local professional actor and Acting Instructor, long time member of The Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity Association. q.v.
"Joey....You are an incredibly great guy and a seriously gifted actor..."
--Jonathan Demme (Academy Award Winning director, “Silence of the Lambs.”

70: I've Painted Before, Let's Do More!

$150. Members.   $170. Non-Members
6 sessions/Tuesdays; 9:30 am to 12:00 noon
Sept. 13 to Oct. 18
Teaching Artist: Jim Bongartz

This acrylic painting class is for students who enjoy creating paintings and feel comfortable with their progress in composing composition and have a basic understanding of color mixing. Students will continue to develop their personal styles. Group and individual critiques will help to examine what practices are working and what techniques need to be explored further. Beginners are welcome and will receive instruction in using a blocking-in method and basic color mixing practices. All students are encouraged to use photos and/or electronic devices that display imagery for their source material.

20: I've Never Painted Before In My Life!

$150. Members. $170. Non-Members
20a: September 13 to October 18; 6 sessions/Tuesdays, 1:00 - 3:30 pm or
20b: September 15 to October 20; 6 sessions/Thursdays 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Jim Bongartz

But guess what? You can easily learn how by using acrylic paints! Bring your laptops to paint from your own uploaded photographs or images captured off the Internet. Of course, printed images are suitable for use as source material too. Students will explore blocking-in methods while developing subject matter with expressive color and brushwork. The instructor will give demonstrations and students will start off creating studies of simple still life to learn basic techniques in color mixing and building volume and space. The instructor will offer critiques that assist in constructive problem solving. Supplies are provided by the student and a list will be sent one week prior to the start of class. Level: Beginner’s thru Intermediate.

118: Color Concepts

$180 Members $200 Non-members
6 sessions/ Tuesdays 1:30 to 4:30 pm
Sept 13 to Oct 18, 2016
Teaching Artist: David Rivera Watch Video

Through various drawing and painting exercises, students will explore different methods of observing color. The course will begin with the introduction of the gray scale, and progress, through specific exercises, to working with a full range of colors in a variety of mediums. Students will learn about the relationship between warm and cool colors and how these play into creating the illusion of light and atmoshere. Layering applications on different surfaces (including pre-toned papers and prepared grounds) will be explored and students will acquire a thorough understanding of color concepts through observational exercises. Color will be analyzed in the following order; value, tints and shades, chromatic and achromatic grays, warm/cool contrasts, primary, secondary and tertiary colors, complimentary and harmonizing colors.

162: Express Yourself Through STORY DRAWING

$150. Members. $170. Non-Members
6 sessions/Tuesdays 2:00 to 4:00 pm
September 13 to October 18
Teaching Artist: Sibyl Weidner

Do you have a willingness to have fun, and try new things! This class uses drawing as the process to self-expression and discovery. This is not a rendering class (drawing objects to make them look exact or “real”). The goal is to ignite creativity and at the same time improve your ability to visualize: Do you have memories, favorite places, recurring dreams, imaginary settings you would love to create? Exercise your ability to see, record and share your experiences on paper, and tell your unique stories.

Discovering a means to tell stories through your drawings
• Explore different types of drawing media (pen, pencil, oil pastel, charcoal, colored pencil, markers) and how they work together
• How to have fun with various drawing tools and surfaces.
• Learn about design elements used to improve composition.

136: Beginning Oil Painting Designed with You in Mind

$150. Members. $170. Non-Members
6 sessions/Tuesdays 6:30 to 9:30 pm
September 13 to October 18
Teaching Artist: Nancy Lloyd

This course is for the beginning or returning student. Students will be given individual attention and instruction will be oriented to helping the student achieve his or her own goals. Using photos and still life set-ups, painting fundamentals will be introduced, including color theory, paint application, values, contrasts, composition, and perspective. A variety of approaches will be explored. A supply list will be provided.

165: Photography-The Basics

$150. Members. $170. Non-Members
6 sessions/Tuesdays 6:30 to 9:00 pm
September 13 to October 18
Teaching Artist: Michelle Brixius-Kasich

Do you have a great camera that you just wish you could use better? Ever wonder what that button is for? What's an ISO? By the end of this class you will be shooting basic portraits and travel photos with your camera. You will learn how to set up your camera, how to get the right focus, how to take pictures of people, some sports and action, and a bit of landscape photography. The last class bring in your favorite 5 images as 4x6 or larger. You will need an SLR or Mirrorless 4/3's camera with interchangeable lenses and your manual. Camera should be able to shoot in Manual mode. Be prepared to take notes.


13: Watercolor: Beyond the Basics

$150. Members. $170. Non-Members
6 sessions/Wednesdays 9:30 to 12 noon
September 14 through October 19
Teaching Artist: Jo-ann Osnoe

Take your watercolors to the next level by advancing your knowledge of color choices, values, composition, and exploring experimental techniques. Students will receive one-on-one instruction based on their individual interests and inspiration. You can bring your own photos to use as reference, work from still life or on a piece you wish to finish. This course is for students who are familiar with basic techniques and wish to advance to the next level.
Supplies provided by student – Instructor will email you with supply list. Level: Intermediate with basic knowledge and some experience with watercolors.

146: Secret Techniques of the Old Masters

$180. Members. $200. Non-Members
6 sessions/Wednesdays 9:30 to 12:30 pm
September 14 to October 19
Teaching Artist: David Rivera Watch Video

Oil painting is an extremely versatile medium with a long history dating back to the mid-fourteen hundreds. The goal of this class is to provide students with a thorough knowledge of traditional painting techniques such as grisaille, glazing, scumbling, ground preparation and more. The knowledge of these techniques are what allowed artists of centuries past to create such convincing illusions of reality. 

Examples of Old Master paintings will be observed and discussed as a way of introducing various techniques. In addition to learning these techniques, students will also develop a deeper understanding of materials. The preparation of wooden panels and the stretching of canvas will be discussed.

78: Handmade Felting Techniques

$180. Members. $200. Non-Members

78a: 6 sessions/Thursday evenings 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Setember 15 to October 20
78b: 6 sessions/Wednesdays   9:30 - 12:30 pm
September 14 to October 19

Teaching Artist: Nelly Kouzmina

From basic flat felting to luxurious surface design, this six week class progresses into Cobweb felting, felt collage, seamless accessory, exploring felt embellishments and finally, felt hat making.  Printed materials with description will be provided. Instructor will have wool fibers as well as silk fabric, exotic thread, variety of yarn available for purchase.  Extra supplies will be shared during each week. 

Week 1. Flat Felt making (basic wet felting technique)
Week 2. Felt embellishments (or collage making) 
Week 3. Cobweb felting technique (making accessory - scarf)
Week 4. Felting with resist (making fingerless mittens) 
Week 5. Felt Hat making (basic)
Week 6. Felt & Shibori (flat felt made in Week 1 can be used).
A supply list will be provided by the instructor one week prior to the start of class. 
Discover the ancient technique of felt making and it’s revival.

Sherman Stream12: Watercolor: Let it Flow!

$150. Members. $170. Non-Members
6 sessions/ Wednesdays 1:00 -3:30 pm
September 14 to October 19
Teaching Artist: Jo-Ann Osnoe

Discover how watercolor painting can produce some fascinating results by understanding how the paper, pigment and water react together. We will start by learning some basic watercolor techniques such as blended washes, wet-into-wet, resists, scraping, lifting and dry brush. Working from set-ups in the studio and from photos, we will apply these techniques as we create still life, landscape and floral paintings. For beginner or experienced students. Students supply their own materials; a supply list will be sent out after registration.
Level: Beginners

174: Oil Painting Studio Class with Instruction

$150 Members. $170. Non-Members
6 sessions/Thursdays 9:30 -12:00 pm
September 15 to October 20
Teaching Artist: Anne Gannon

Students can work on whatever choose - unfinished paintings or begin something new. They can work from photo's or set up their own 'Still LIfe'. With individual guidance and instruction, each student has the opportunity to hone their skills while focusing on their choices. All aspects of oil painting are covered and discussed depending on each students needs. In a setting like this, we learn from each other and stay inspired! Before class ends everyone participates in a critique of the works that were done that day. This is for students with basic oil painting skills through Advanced.

173: Oil Painting -  Intermediate thru Advanced

$150. Members. $170. Non-Members
6 sessions/Thursdays 1:00 - 3:30 pm
September 15 - October 20
Teaching Artist: Anne Gannon

Both 'Indirect' and 'Direct' painting techniques are explored in this class. The Indirect method is a more classical approach, beginning with an underpainting done in Grisaille (gray tones) or in any monochromatic first layer that defines the shapes, textures and tonal values of your subject. This underpainting is then covered with subsequent layers of Glazing - transparent oil colors creating a translucent effect. The Direct method, also called Alla Prima, involves painting the right color directly onto the canvas in an expressive style with minimal preparation - working fast while the paint is still wet (wet-on-wet). The Instructor will have a still-life setup in class, but students are welcome to bring their own from home too. You can also paint from photographs or images on an iPad. The supply list is sent out one week before class begins.

142: Basic Drawing - Intro to Drawing - Drawing Essentials

$180. Members. $200. Non-Members
142a: 6 sessions/Thursdays 6:30 - 9:30 pm or
142b: 6 sessions/Thursdays 1:30 to 4:30
September 15 - October 20
Teaching Artist: Paul Mordetsky

Basic representational drawing is not a mystery; it is a rational methodology that can be learned. Typically, beginners look for the wrong information, then mark it down with the wrong graphic system. Result – instant failure and declarations of no talent. 
If you want to draw, and you want to end this cycle, take this 6 week introduction to drawing basics. We’ll cover mapping and measuring, line strategies, light/dark structure, and expressive issues. 
6 weeks

1 Introduction: mapping and measuring/shape relationships;
2 mapping and measuring follow up; simplified understanding of the role of perspective
introduce Line strategies: contour – tracking edges
3 Line strategies: more contour / cross contour as line strategies for creating the illusion of form
4 Value: introduction of gray scale strategies for creating the illusion of form
5 Portraiture: investigating the use of the previous weeks’ lessons to draw people from life. Students will draw one another.
6 Portraiture: continuation of previous week’s efforts

117: Capturing A Likeness In Oils

$230 Members, $250 Non-Members
6 sessions/Fridays 9:00 am- 12:00 pm
September 16 to October 21
Teaching Artist: David Rivera Watch Video

Learn how to create a portrait with life-like accuracy using the same methodologies employed by the old masters. Part of what makes a beautiful and realistic portrait painting is a thorough understanding of each part beginning with a solid foundational drawing which establishes the proportion. The next step is establishing accurate variants of light and dark value tones to reveal the sculptural form and describe the lighting effect. Color is added over the tonal depiction in varying degrees of opacity and transparency. Developing this type of a systematic approach allows the artist to fully work out potential problems in each phase of the painting process. The emotion, intensity and poetic feeling expressed through the work are derived by the degree to which the artist is able to master each skill. Material preparation, observational drawing, anatomical studies, under painting, and glazing are a few of the lessons which will be covered during this six week class. A $50 model fee is included in the price of this class.

168: Drawing Concepts

$150 Members, $170 Non-Members
6 sessions/Saturdays 9:00 am- 11:30 am
September 17 to October 22
Teaching Artist: David Rivera

Drawing is a skill which can be honed to an individual's personal vision. Any artistic concept whether it be a simple sketch in pencil or a complex composition in another medium, can be realized through the process of drawing. This class is designed to teach students the basic principles of drawing using a combination of observational and conceptual exercises. Students will learn various techniques such as sight-size/comparative measuring, methods of shading, concepts of perspective, and more! Mediums used will include pencil, charcoal, colored chalks, and ink.

Fall Youth Classes - Artists of Yardley

Fall I Session – September 11th - October 22nd 

Please note: Due to religious holidays in October for the Fall I session a 5 week payment option is available for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday classes. Please email Jim Bongartz, Education Director, AOY, to receive a payment amount and payment arrangements.


92: Drawing From Life

Youth Ages 8-17
Mondays, September 12 to October 17
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm Price: $100
Teaching Artist: Julie Stell

This course will focus on improving observation skills using the elements of art: line, value, shape, color and texture. We will draw various objects and scenes using various drawing media. The idea is to use the right side of our brain, the visual side, as opposed to the left side, or the analytical. When we improve our ability to see light, positive and negative shapes, and spacial relationships, we improve our drawing.


176: Afternoon Art Studio

Youth Ages 9-12
Mondays, September 12 to October 17
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm Price: $135
Teaching Artist: Sibyl Weidner

Fun, social setting for both classical and experimental techniques in drawing, painting, mixed media, paper collage and more are taught. Designed to encourage children’ natural creativity, this class also emphasizes more sophisticated aspects of art: still life, gray scale, under painting, some art history, composition, tone and hue to name a few topics will be covered. Creating artistically empowers a child when they realize they are capable individuals with a meaningful unique voice.

172: Becoming A Better Artist for High School Students

Youth Ages 13 - 17
6 Mondays, September 12 to October 17
4:30 pm to 7:00 pm   Price: $150
Teaching Artist: Renee Egan

Join a 6 week program designed for interested high school students who want to improve their drawing skills and or start a strong portfolio.
There will be a focus on learning interesting compositions while working on artwork done by observation.
Assignments like landscapes on location, perspective assignments, as well as still life. 
Students will learn new drawing and painting techniques using a variety of materials such as pencils, colored pastels, charcoal, and acrylic paints.
We will end this course with individual critiques and a review of each student’s work.

175: SmART Fun

Ages 2.5-3.5 years 
6 Tuesdays, September 13 to October 18
9:30 am to 10:15 am ; Price: $70
Teaching Artist: Sibyl Weidner

With a parent, children discover and embrace beginning building blocks of art. Something’s always new, fast paced, bringing creativity out of both child and parent in every class. Proudly take home new achievements about learning shapes and colors, experiment with constructing and sculpting, strengthen fine motor skills and gentle focus attention to detail. Giggle, paint, paper, glue, tear, paste, fold, layer, sponge and smile! Everyone has a blast exploring art, making new friends and discovering their own talent to create.

177: After School Art

Youth Ages 6-9
6 Tuesdays, September 13 to October 18
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm   Price: $70
Teaching Artist: Sibyl Weidner

Art enrichment program where children are encouraged to stretch their artistic comfort level. Children will experience more sophisticated uses of paint, air-dry clay, drawing materials, paper and book arts, graphic and illustrative designs and more. Come out to explore and discover the visual and tactile world through unique, fun and stimulating projects!

178: Fundamentals of Character Design

Youth Ages 8-17
6 Tuesdays, September 13 to October 18
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm   Price: $120
Teaching Artist: Demetrius Seger

Learn the fundamental aspects of Character design for beginners. You will learn the basics for introducing creative and compelling characters while effectively deepening their characteristics by adding emotion. This class covers fundamental aspects of design and how to add personality to your characters plus you'll learn how to draw your most favorite characters! 

126: Saturday Morning Cartoons!

Youth Ages 8-17
Saturdays, September 17 to October 22
9:30am-11:30 am Price: $135
Teaching Artist: Elaine Morales

This class will look into the basic elements of preliminary cartoon production. Characters, background designs, and storyboards will be developed in this class to create original comic strips. Allowing students to use sequential imagery to illustrate a story and bring multiple characters and personalities to life, cultivates creative ways of problem solving and social skills through the art of story telling. Students will need to purchase a 9"x12" sketchbook.

179: Stop Motion Film Production Class

Youth Ages 13-17
Saturdays, September 17 to October 22
9:30am-12:00 am Price: $150
Teaching Artist: Demetrius Seger

Build creative sets, backgrounds, props, and dynamic characters ready to film! Learn how to develop stop motion story boards and put together your very own movie on the iPad! If students have an iPad it would be great if they could bring one from home for this class along with a shoe box.

Private/Semi-Private Lessons

Fall Youth Classes - Artists of Yardley

Summer Hours, Thursday Evenings only,
 6:30 - 9:30 PM, June 16th - July 21st, and August 11th and 18th.

Please read the following about private/semi-private lessons:

Students may request private or sem-private lessons with the following mediums/instructors

Note: If you hover over the links below with your mouse, you will see samples of the artists' work

  • Drawing Adult Students - David Rivera

    Learn the basics of drawing in pencil or charcoal. A "three dimensional" rendering is nothing more than an accurate representation of proportion, perspective and tonal values on a two dimensional surface. There are proven methods which can help to unveil the mystery about drawing accurately. With the right tools you can learn how to make educated decisions which will allow you to render a believable still life, portrait, figure or whatever else you wish to draw. A few of the lessons that I teach include sight-size and comparative measuring, compositional sketching, the rules of perspective, various shading techniques and anatomical studies for figures and/or portraits.

  • Drawing Youth - Julie Stell

    Drawing is the basis for all art. In this course we will learn drawing technique including, but not limited to, shading, cross hatching and color blending. We will use several types of media including pencils, charcoal, ink, colored pencils, oil and chalk pastels and even a bit of watercolor. Our focus will be drawing objects from life and learning to see things in terms of the elements of art: line, shape, value, color, texture, space and design. The more we learn to really look at things, the better our drawings become. Once techniques are mastered, we can become more proficient and unlimited in our ability to express ourselves.

  • Design and Illustration - Elaine Morales

    Enter the world of graphic design and illustration. Learn branding skills and discover bold ways to capture thoughts and ideas through original artwork created by you!

    Practice different styles and techniques in finalizing design pieces for your personal projects or portfolio. 

    Receive personalized tips and pointers to enhance the over all aesthetic of your design.

  • Adobe Photoshop - Elaine Morales (note: Students must have a computer, laptop, or ipad on which to access the Adobe Creative Cloud). This is for beginners or those with intermediate knowledge of the most recent photoshop version available on adobe creative cloud.

    While in session we will cover : photo manipulation, photo restoration, digital painting/illustrating, save/print settings, creating and editing brushes, as well as review tools and techniques to better enhance your photoshop skills and familiarity with the program.

  • Acrylic Painting - Jim Bongartz

    Students will learn the necessary steps to produce a finished painting on canvas exercising concepts of composition, under painting, color mixing and blocking-in. Photographic references will be utilized for source imagery as students learn rendering techniques.
    I have been a full-time art teacher for 35 years while maintaining a professional painting studio. Happy to work with any student willing to build their creative skills and talent. Preferring acrylic painting as a teaching medium I am fluent with two-dimensional mediums such as oils, watercolor, pastels, drawing and mixed medium. Helping students build a strong, professional portfolio is one of my most rewarding teaching experiences.   Please visit my website for details regarding my Bio and passion for painting.

  • Oil Painting - Nancy Lloyd

    Instruction will be oriented to helping the student achieve his or her own goals. Using photos and still life set-ups, painting fundamentals will be referenced, including color theory, paint application, values, contrasts, composition, and perspective. A variety of approaches and surfaces will be explored. A supply list will be provided.

Private/semi-private lesson packages are offered in 3 or 4 class blocks with times of 1-1/2 hours, 2 hours, 2-1/2 hours, or 3 hours per class.

Payment for Private/Semi-Private lessons are as follows: Individual: $75/hour

Group of 2 people: $65/hour per person

Group of 3 people: $55/hour per person

Payment is made ahead of time and after submitting the request for a private/semi-private lesson. Once you hear back from your instructor, follow this link to make payment . For semi-private lessons, all payments must be received prior to the first session.

Cancellation Policy For Individual Private Lessons:
  • Rescheduling a lesson requires a minimum of 24 hour notice to the assigned instructor.
  • No refunds for cancellations or absences.

  Cancellation Policy For Small Group Lessons:
  • If there is any change in group size prior to the start of the first lesson, the student or students who cancel will not be refunded.
  • Rescheduling a private group lesson requires a minimum of 24 hour notice to the assigned instructor.
  • Group rescheduling is done as a single group lesson for all participants.

Request for private or semi-private art lessons
 Payment for private or semi-private lessons


Teaching Artists

Jim Bongartz Watch Video


James Bongartz began his passion for art during formal childhood lessons at the Carnegie Institute and continuing at Carnegie-Mellon University following a BSEd in art education from Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania. He has painted for over thirty years, exhibiting in galleries and juried shows throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Many of his works are in private collections. Most paintings are responses and interpretation from his own photography. Mastering the use of color and brushwork as a form of processing imagery and evoking experiences are current inspirations. James is a member of Art+10, a Princeton based artist group and AOY. A portfolio of Jim's paintings and further details about current and past exhibits can be seen on his website:

Anne Gannon Watch Video

Anne was educated at the Traphagen School of Fashion, NYC and at the School of Visual Arts, NYC. Early on, she worked as an Illustrator for Well Being magazine in San Diego, then at Hammacher Schlemmer in NYC, where her drawings were published weekly in The New York Times and in the Wall Street Journal. She also designed licensing artwork for Merrill Lynch and other Wall Street firms. In 2003, Anne started teaching art classes while beginning a new career as a surrealist and an abstract painter. Recently she has had much success with her Encaustic work. Anne has been with the AOY since their inception in 2004, serving on the board and in various other areas of the organization. An award-winning artist, Anne’s work has been shown locally, in east coast states and abroad."

Nelly Kouzmina

Fiber Artist & Instructor, Feltinelli LLC, Member of International Association of  Feltmakers  IFA,U.K, Member of Northeast Guild of Feltmakers, U.S. and Member of Surface Design Association, U.S. I am a self taught fiber artist working with natural fibers and dyes creating variety of pieces from wall art to wearable art  exploring the broad possibilities of felt making. All of my work is original and one of a kind. It is my passion, hobby and love. I share my knowledge and experience with students of all age groups. I participate in various juried art shows in New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania., email: .

Elaine Morales

Elaine's main priority as an artist is to express a deeper connection between works of art and their admirers. She believes that artists are never done learning, therefore her passion for art has been flourishing since she first picked up a pencil at a young age. Art has always been a part of who she is and to this day she continues to cultivate her skills in multiple media forms.  She studied Multimedia Arts and Animation at the Art Institute in Philadelphia where she then went onto freelancing and teaching art classes to all ages. As an artist Elaine has acquired many skills both digital and traditional.  Aside from digital artwork and animating, Elaine also enjoys working with all types of paints, creating ceramics, sculpting with cut paper, printmaking, airbrush art, mixed media, graphic design, drawing and illustrating, character design, and anything else she can get her hands on.  Her love for visual arts has her constantly thriving to learn more as she shares with others the unconstrained possibilities of the art world. Feel free to visit her website for samples of her work:

Paul Mordetsky

Paul Mordetsky received his BFA. in painting in 1976 from the Philadelphia College of Art (now, The University Of The Arts) in 1976.

He has taught art and art history to a broad spectrum of ages since 1990. He has taught at The Princeton Latin Academy, Rutgers Prep, Jerry’s Artarama Studios, Artists of Yardley, The Peddie School, Artworks, Princeton Adult School, and the Continuing Education division of Mercer County Community College.

Since 1998, Paul has been an adjunct instructor for drawing and design in the Fine Arts wing of Mercer County Community College.

He has exhibited widely in the area and beyond including shows at The Artists’ Gallery, The Peddie School, Gross McCleaf Gallery, The Rosenfeld Gallery, Ruth Morpeth, The Salmagundi Club, Trenton City Museum; Walker Gallery Annual; Gold Light; Mehu Gallery; New Jersey City University; The Principle Gallery; Phillips Mill; Arts Guild of New Jersey; Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre – Australia; Studio Montclair; D&R Greenway; TCNJ; Mercer County Community College, Gallery of South Orange and the New Jersey State Museum.

Paul’s works are in many public and private collections, notably, The Museum Society of Trenton, Cigna, NYNEX, NJ Bell, Dupont, Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, and Educational Testing Services.

Http:// to see his work.

Jo-Ann Osnoe Watch Video

holds a BFA from Parson’s School of Design and is celebrated for her watercolor work. She moves effortlessly from still life to landscape to florals and local scenes. Expanding recently into oil painting, she has gained recognition in this medium as well, winning First Place in a recent Bucks County art competition. She finds inspiration in nature and her Bucks County surroundings, where she has made her home for the past fifteen years. A dedicated and focused artist, she has exhibited in over one hundred local group shows, including over a dozen juried regional and national exhibitions.
Joey Perillo

Joey Perillo is a veteran character actor and Teen and Adult acting instructor who has worked and taught in Philadelphia, Princeton, New York and Los Angeles for more than 30 years. Joey has appeared as a principal (speaking) actor in virtually every theatrical medium including 15 major motion pictures such as "Philadelphia," "12 Monkeys," Rachel Getting Married, " "The Negotiator," "The Manchurian Candidate,".....and the original (and best) "Hairspray."

Joey has appeared as a principal on several TV shows: most recently on HBO's "Veep," "ER," "Hack," "Homicide," "The Wire," and an obscure HBO series, "The Sopranos." Joey teaches summer camp sessions at several college campuses for Kathy Wickline Casting in Philadelphia and teaches advanced adult classes in Yardley. Joey is a long time Member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity Association.

Lian Sawires
Lian Sawires is a silk artist who creates dramatic wearable art, wall art and installations using soft materials to express movement and emotion. She attended the School of Visual Arts, NYC, and the Brooklyn Museum Art School. With work displayed in craft galleries around the country, her passion is the power of clothing to transform how we think, act and feel about ourselves. Trained as an abstract painter, she engages in Japanese dyeing, layering, painting and discharging all types of silk to create complex one-of-a-kind/one of a series pieces. Lian is a member of the American Crafts Council, the PA Guild of Craftsmen, Silk Painters International (SPIN) and the National Center for Creative Aging. Website:

Joanne Donnelly Seglem Watch Video

is an award winning artist and photographer living in Yardley, PA, who graduated with honors in Fine Arts from Russell Sage College, NY. Over the years she has worked as Teacher, Art Director, Book Designer and Gallery Manager. Joanne's painting and photography has garnered regional recognition and awards throughout the region. Her work is in many private and permanent collections. Joanne continues to explore new artistic territory with continuing education and exploration. She believes that everyone can unleash their artistic potential and free their imaginations by letting go of self-imposed rules and restrictions. Her collage class aims to do just that with a variety of tips and techniques offered in a fun and carefree manner.

Julie Stell

Julie has been an artist ever since she was in Kindergarten. It wasn’t until she was a junior at the University of Wisconsin, that she changed her major from art to art education. Julie decided what better way to make a living than to teach what she loves? She's been teaching now for over 30 years. She continued her education after her three children were grown by attending Memphis College of Art, and graduated with a Masters degree in Art Education. As an art educator, she felt she needed to learn about as many art processes as possible. Julie fell in love with oil painting and pottery making. She continues to explore different styles and techniques in these areas, and finds herself often pleasantly surprised at what appears before her on the canvas, and on the wheel. Julie believes the process of creating to be important for one’s well being and also believes in Dostoevsky’s quote that “Beauty will save the world.”

Tom Stevenson

Lured inside by colored plastic jewelry, figurines, castles and other random models  in the window display of the retail store for MakerBot, a 3D printer manufacturer, on Mulberry Street in NYC while on a lunchtime stroll from his office in SOHO,  Tom discovered something entirely new to do with software.  Personal computing had added a dimension, from 2D, to 3D things.  Desktop 3D lies at the center of a culture of DIYer's where 3D printing has empowered creative minds to make objects practical to sublime.   For Tom's students,  exploring 3D printing exercises basic artistic concepts of visualization, problem solving with a dash of engineering thrown in.  Tom sees 3D  technology spinning off new opportunities for self expression and career choices which will emerge from its community of doers and makers.  Tom was the Chief Technology Officer of a software company in New York, and a Wall Street executive for 25 years.  He is also a member of AOY's photography group and has coded applications and designed websites.