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I am a local published Freelance Illustrator. My focus is with digital illustration and concept art for fantasy and science fiction themed video games, board games, trading card games and books. I also create and color storyboards for advertising and film.
Along with my freelance work I also teach several private lessons and drawing and painting classes at the Post Road Art Center in Marlborough, MA. My teaching approach is fun and easy. I work with you to improve by honing your skills on the basics and helping you break through your creative walls. Learning art only takes patience and practice, no secret talent or magic necessary.
Anne Hunter is the owner of The Creative Touch, a Decorative Arts Studio, where she teachers decorative painting classes. She has been teaching decorative painting since 1987 in her studio and throughout the United States. Anne teaches at the national conference of The Society of Decorative Painters and various chapter meetings in the US. She has also taught at the Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts in Ludlow Vermont. Anne has designed and marketed over 75 pattern packets, authored ten decorative painting books, developed two web based lessons and is published in leading international magazines. She is an active member of the National Society of Decorative Painters and the Decorative Arts Business Alliance (DABA).
Though Anne uses her talents mainly for decorative painting, her years of experience has provided her with a vast library of techniques that help students enhance their painting abilities and create dynamic pieces. She teaches students to use both paint and mediums effectively helping students to get the results they want.
Ashley is an artist that specializes in illustration and painting. She especially loves sharing her enthusiasm for art through teaching. Ashley received a BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design in 2009 and worked in the industry for 5 years with clients like Green Education Foundation, First Act Inc., Pinwheel Books, Clambake Animation, and worked on educational illustration for companies like Amtrak, Cabot, and National Grid. She's currently working toward her teaching license at Framingham State University. Ashley teaches full time at a vocational high school in Upton MA and illustrates for Providence Media. Ashley aims to help young artists find their voice and process.
Great teachers care about their students and their education, never wasting a minute or taking a day in the classroom for granted. The best teachers realize that it is the mastering of steps, taught with diligence, that enable great successes to occur. In that limited classroom time, teachers must supply the students with the necessary tools to become life-long learners, to have a firm foundation on which they can continue to build and fuel their passion. It is through this that the students will create their artistic vocabulary which will enable them to communicate visually through their work, for the rest of their lives.
Art and Teaching Experience
Bob Collins has a BFA and MFA from Boston University. He studied under renowned artists such as James Weeks, David Ratner, Reed Kay, Morton Sacks, Philip Guston, Iso Papo, Harold Tovish, Robert DiRista, David Lund, Sidney Hurwitz, Joseph Ablow, Dorothy Bruce, and Jack Kramer.
He teaches drawing and painting courses at Rhode Island College, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Danforth Museum School, the Brookline Arts Center, and the Merrimac Center for Professional Development. He has also taught at Boston University and the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. In 2002, He was inducted into Who’s Who Among American Teachers for his contributions in Fine art and Industrial Design.
Robert Collins exhibits throughout the New England area. His paintings and drawings have been displayed in the Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, the G. Watson Gallery, Stonington, Maine, the DeBlois Gallery, Newport, Rhode Island, the Bromfield Gallery, Boston, and the Danforth Museum of Art.
Erin Grocki is a Fine Arts teacher who works in a variety of traditional art techniques and digital media. After receiving her BFA in Film/Video Animation at Rhode Island School of Design, Erin earned her MFA in Experimental Animation at the California Institute of the Arts. She has worked for some of the major animation studios on both coasts including Nickelodeon, Walt Disney Pictures and Television, Klasky-Csupo, and Olive Jar Studios. She was also involved in the gaming industry at Hasbro Interactive and Miacomet, Inc., before finding her true passion -- teaching. As a teacher of fine arts, she tries to impart her passion and appreciation for painting, drawing, sculpting and designing to her students. In 2014 she was the recipient of The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award for her extraordinary impact on the lives of students.
Helen was an art teacher in Marlborough for 36 years. She also served a few years as Art Coordinator for the district. Currently in addition to teaching art classes, she supervises future art educators. She has been on the board of the Massachusetts Art Educators Association for the past 12 years currently serving as treasurer. For the past 5 years she has also chaired the Masschusetts Statewide Youth Art Month (YAM) Exhibit featuring student artwork, grades K-12, from across the state. This exhibit is part of a national celebration held each March to recognize the importance of visual art in education.
My work currently includes a cross-section of subjects that explore dierent media (mostly pastels, oils, and charcoal), varied palettes, the variation of light on nature and architecture, and artistic style. Despite my need to explore diverse themes, I am consistently drawn to bold images, dramatic light, contrast and deep perspective. My work depicts my strong interest in painting rainy, blurry, realistic
and impressionistic subjects. Trained as an art teacher, it wasn’t until four years ago that I had the time to return to art, this time with passion and conviction. I currently divide my time working in corporate training, teaching art, and creating and exhibiting my work throughout
Michele has been painting for 7 years and paints exclusively in watercolor on cotton paper. Using traditional brushes and pigments she enjoys how the simplicity of the tools lets her grapple with the challenges of watercolor painting. Her overarching goal is to produce a thing of subtle beauty that reveals depth over the years. Currently her choice of subject matter is mainly New England scenes and places she has a personal connection to. When traveling around the region she likes to take in familiar and unfamiliar views and process them through a painter’s eye, taking in the atmosphere and light.
Sandra St. Amour
Sandra loves curves, saturated color and patterns. Watercolor is her favorite medium but she also draws traditionally in pencil or pastel and digitally in Illustrator or Photoshop.
She gained her training as an artist at Maine College of Art (Portland School of Art) where she earned a BFA in graphic design. Sandra has taken classes at Mass College of Art, The Decordova Museum School and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.
Currently she is on staff at ArtSpan in Lexington, and The Danforth Museum in Framingham.
Sandra is also a board member of the Marlborough Cultural Council and a parent volunteer for the MHS Drama Club and Marlborough Music Association.
Over the past ten years or so, I participate in all of the major shows and activities of Concord Art Association, Malden Sketch Group and Newton Open Studios. I have produced,promoted and shown at numerous invitational open studio and open house events of my own and of fellow artists. I also am a fellow of the Oak Grove Painting Society, a confederation of outdoor painters who dedicate themselves to painting an area a year or more at a time and present exhibitions of the results.
Realism is my thing, but I also agree with other sensibilities that say the medium or the material is the thing. I am, therefore, interested in what happens to the paint itself. I have worked to have an inventory of techniques , media and process uniquely applicable to each painting to serve the particular message, or idea I am trying to convey.
Lately, I have moved back to painting in larger formats although I still enjoy using my cigar box paint kits to try out ideas, experiment with color light and value and to test compositional arrangements.
In retrospect, (being of a somewhat advanced age) my activities and my interests have been diverse. I hope the sum of this experience has imbued my work with an insight that is memorable, important, enjoyable, meaningful, and/or significant.