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Meet Our Newest Instructors

Mark Thomas Anderson
Mark Thomas Anderson

We search all over to bring together the best art instructors we can find. This school year, we’re excited to welcome ten new artists to teach in our classrooms! Some will teach weekly classes, while others will be visiting to teach short workshops.

You can find them all in our shiny new catalog!

Self portrait by Mark Anderson
Self portrait by Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson | drawing

You may remember Anderson (markthomasanderson.com) from his 2011 summer residency at the Torpedo Factory. He received his MFA in painting from Boston University and also teaches at Georgetown University. Anderson writes in his artist statement: “I continuously search for new mediums, tools, additives, surfaces, and pigments in order to expand my descriptive methods. Some additional tools that I use are rulers, a calculator, rags, and at times, the tips of my fingers.”

Ceramics by Birdie Boone
Ceramics by Birdie Boone

Birdie Boone | ceramics

You’ll have to wait until June 2017 for this workshop from ceramicist Boone (birdiebooneceramics.com), whose signature “belly-bottomed” creations can be seen in the photo above. Read more about the inspiration and process behind these forms in this Ceramic Arts Daily article.

Deborah Clark | children’s classes

Maryland-based art teacher Deborah Clark received her BFA in painting and her BS in Art Education from Kutztown State University. Art Fun-damentals is our introductory class for ages 5–8 that focuses on the fun of art.

Timothy J. Clark | watercolor

Timothy Clark (tclarkart.com) is an accomplished watercolorist whose work can be found in museum collections including the Smithsonian’s. He’s visiting The Art League for a three-day workshop in watercolor that’s not to be missed!

Dan Finnegan | ceramics

Finnegan (danfinneganpottery.com) is based in Fredericksburg, VA and has been making pots for decades. This winter workshop is based around the idea of pottery used for serving and cooking — yum!

Painting by Catherine Hillis
Painting by Catherine Hillis

Catherine Hillis | watercolor

Watercolorist Hillis (catherinehillis.com) is going to teach this introductory watercolor class. She is a member of numerous watercolor societies and one of 40 elected members of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters. You can read her blog here.

Tile by Yvette Jacobs
Tile by Yvette Jacobs

Yvette Jacobs | ceramics

Jacobs (faculty page) comes from an artistic family and worked as a broadcast animator, designer and creative director. Her tile work represents a move away from the computer-driven work she did for video. Her Tiles class will be offered once per term to students who want to make functional works of art for their backsplash, garden, or elsewhere!

By Tamryn McDermott
By Tamryn McDermott

Tamryn McDermott | fiber

McDermott (tamyrnmcdermott.com) will give two workshops on two basketry techniques each. Students can explore basketry’s potential for sculptural forms while learning traditional processes. Currently based in Alexandria, McDermott completed an artist residency in St. Louis this year.

Susan O’Neill | drawing

O’Neill (Facebook) is a longtime Art Leaguer who you may remember from her 2014 solo exhibit, “Figural Fine Lines.” Her new class, Expressive Figure Drawing, is all about capturing the human form with energy and confidence. To learn more about her artistic practice, read her Q&A on this blog.

David Skibiak | printmaking

“As I see it, exploration is the destination for an artist,” writes Skibiak (theframefactory1.com/skibiak.htm). He’s an artist with Discover Graphics Atelier on the second floor of the Torpedo Factory. The Printmaking Projects and Techniques class is for students with some printmaking experience who want to further explore intaglio, lithography, or monotype printmaking.

Browse the full 2016–17 catalog here!

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