Studio E has a dedicated team of teachers and visiting artists who teach our weekly programs. Children's teachers hold a NYS Teaching license. Teachers for our tween classes and older are accomplished practicing artists with competency in their fields, and have MFA's, MSW and a combination of associated degrees and credentials. Learn more reading individual bios below!
From science to art, Kathy has spent the past 30 years working in Clinical Research.
The gift of pottery lessons with a master potter 25 years ago furthered the love of art and clay.
Now after retiring Kathy has embarked on a new adventure as owner of Studio E Art Class. She is thrilled to have the opportunity of providing a welcoming environment for all to find joy in creativity.
Sandra Bretton is a NYS Certified Art Teacher. She graduated from CW Post in 2006 with a degree in Art Education. She received her Masters Degree in Literacy from CW Post in 2008. Sandra has taught art in both public and private school settings on Long Island and in the Bronx. In addition to working at Studio E, she is also a preschool teacher. Sandra is happy to be joining Studio E, where she will be teaching in our Preschool Arts programs and Children’s Mixed Media.
Kat has been part of our team since 2014, when she started as a dedicated intern. We hired her after just a few short months as her talent for painting and teaching was evident! She began as an assistant teacher in our children's programs and for birthday parties.
Kat went back to school for her MFA at Stony Brook two years ago and has now graduated! Kat began teaching independently in our children's programs during the summer of 2018 and is now part of our core staff, teaching Saturday Morning Children's Mixed Media Classes, and summer programs!
Children easily connect to Miss Kat because of her youthful spirit and ability to "get on the student's level." She offers us a huge amount of professionalism, experience, and a loving way with the children.
Paige Citarella is one of our pottery teachers who currently teaches Adult Pottery and hosts most of our paint pop ups/parties. Paige has a BFA from Alfred University and is currently attending Adelphi University for a Masters in Art Education.
I have been working as an illustrator/artist for over 35 years. I am a published illustrator and accomplished art director for a wide variety of publishers, companies, and industries. My illustrations are published for catalog covers, comic books, magazines, advertising, editorials, and packaging. Additionally my artwork has also been in numerous galleries, art shows, and exhibitions.
Developing drawing and painting styles, mastering techniques, and experimenting with various mediums fuels my abilities to deliver my concepts and visions as a diverse body of work.
A body of work that finds inspiration from nature, spirituality, the human condition, and political/ social events. Capturing an inspired moment as a drawing or painting gives me the opportunity to share moments of inspiration. No matter the subject matter or the medium(s) used to create my artwork, there is a rhythm-a consistency that resinates from one project to the next.
Studied Illustration at the School of Visual Arts, NYC
Studied Printmaking and Painting at New Paltz State University
Studied Commercial Art at Duchess Community College: Graduated with an Associates degree and now teaches "The Art of Storytelling" every season!
This fall we will welcome Miss Alice Luo! She will be teaching several of our pottery classes for adults and tweens. She is an MFA student at SUNY Stony Brook, majoring in ceramics. She is currently an assistant teacher to Toby Buonagurio who is the professor of ceramics at SB. She brings many years of focused experience in clay. Boy are we lucky to have her!
Justin Salino is an adult and children's ceramics/ pottery teacher and studio assistant at Studio E.
He began as an intern in 2016, where he showed his dedication towards working with students in the arts. He was quickly hired as an assistant teacher, where he assists with all levels from elementary classes through adult.
Justin has begun attending LIU'sArt Education program and now teaches children's through adult level pottery classes as well as hosts birthday parties at Studio E.
Patty received her BFA from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and studied at the The Art Students League of New York and Pratt Institute of Art. Her artwork has been exhibited in both solo and group shows throughout Long Island and the city for Besides teaching privately Patty has been an Artist-In-Residence at 2 pottery schools in NYC and at an adult daycare center for Alzheimer’s patients on Long Island.
I am a Licensed Vet Tech who recently decided that I needed a break from the high stress of the medical field. My daughter has been taking classes at Studio E since she was a year and a half and we have always loved the warm, welcoming environment. While I do not have any real artistic abilities, I am so happy to be here to help the students and teachers with their daily needs.