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Our Instructors

ABOUT
Amy

Amy Morgan never takes off her “art-colored glasses” and looks for artistic subject matter in children’s books, nature, psychology, and art history. 

Whimsical ceramic sculpture and pottery occupied Amy for many years and she shared her passion teaching high school and college student after completing her MFA

 

Her current interest lies in silk painting and her scarves and framed paintings utilize the Serti—“fence”—technique which mimics her love of carving into clay. Her work has won regional awards and can be viewed in local galleries. She was honored with the Fresno Arts Council’s Horizon Award in the Arts in 2019.

 

Amy currently teaches art to special needs students in the Fresno Unified School District and to young STEM scholars at InnovEd Educational Services.

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Cheryl

Cheryl L Price transitioned to mosaic art after several years of creating images through multiple mediums. While looking for a way to incorporate more texture into her art, she tried creating mosaics.  She has been hooked ever since and has received numerous awards for her mosaic art

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Typically Cheryl thoughtfully chooses her subjects and plans the overall composition, meticulously drawing in the contour lines of the mosaic. She carefully selects the tesserae, mindful of the colors and values in the glass. Other times, although beginning with a general idea, the mosaic takes on a life of its own as she adapts to the beautiful tones in the glass. With all scenarios she painstakingly attaches each piece of tesserae onto the substrate of choice. 

 

From the initial idea to the sealing of the grout, the creation of each mosaic is a labor of love. Art is Cheryl's tangible expression of gratitude.The beautiful textures and hues of the outdoors and joyful depictions of children and caring adults are moments she enjoys capturing in her work.

 

Cheryl continually studies both the art and the techniques required to build durable and beautiful mosaics. She constantly experiments with new ways.

 

Cheryl's love of teaching combined with creating art has opened a door to teach mosaicking to both children and adults. She loves to share the delight that transpires when people create their own works of art. 

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Hannah

Hannah (Desch) Witter is a ceramic artist living in Fresno, CA. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014 with a BFA in Ceramics and a minor in Horticulture. 

Her current work is to create wheel-thrown ceramic dishware for everyday use. Function, unique qualities of form, and surface texture are important to her. With these aspects in mind, she creates one-of-a-kind and comfortable pieces for the home, most of which are inspired by natural forms and color palettes.

Hannah has taught both kids and adult beginners wheel throwing classes at Clay Mix and is looking forward to teaching at Scarab Creative Arts!

 

She attends vendor fairs and sells her work at Scarab Creative Arts Gift Shop. 

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Kia

Owner and instructor of Art Lab 559. Kia is passionate about promoting local artists, art education and creating fun spaces for making art of all kinds. She has 8 years of experience teaching kids and hosting art parties running her own art studio and being an art docent for Clovis Unified School District. Because of her zest for life and her spunky fun loving personality, she especially loves to celebrate life through art by facilitating Art Parties for all ages. She herself loves folk art painting and having fun with felt and is obsessed with bright bold colors. Her love of serving others and years of customer service makes sure everyone is taken care of and having a good time making art! She believes there’s an artist in everyone and supports an encouraging and non judgmental environment.

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Maggie

Maggie graduated from CSUF with a BA cum laude in art and began work as an artisan at Scarab Glass Works in 1978. At that time she taught leaded glass and children's art classes at Clovis adult school. 

A few years later Maggie continued her education and obtained a multiple subject teaching credential with an emphasis in art education.

Maggie has taught at all levels, from pre-school through adult. She has trained in many artistic mediums, both 2 and 3 dimensional.

 

From 2008-2012 Maggie worked in the supporting arts for theater doing set design and special effects makeup. In 2013 Maggie began working with clay.

She believes the most important part of art education is to emphasize fostering the creatve spirit of  the student as the technical aspects of the media are developed. 

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