Hello, I'm Riesa :) I proudly own Key to My Art. I am a NYS certified K-12 Art Teacher, who loves making art and working with children. I have a lifetime of experience working in all aspects of the arts and my favorite thing is making art with children. My hope is that everyone who enters the studio will feel the positive energy that surrounds us here - and in turn feel comfortable, happy, and excited to create ;)
Rick Michaels is a professional artist and Art teacher. He has been working in the creative field for almost twenty years, and as an art teacher for the last eleven. Rick studied graphic design at Hofstra University. After a career as a graphic artist Rick returned to Hofstra to earn a Masters degree in Art Education. Working in a public school setting has afforded Rick the opportunity to work with children at all levels (K-12) and gain the experience of working with a wide range of learners, materials, and techniques. Specialties include: drawing, painting, and 2D design.
James is an illustrator who graduated from Pratt Institute specializing in Comics, Cartooning, and Childrens' Books. He has a strong design background. James is currently Penciller on creator-owned book " Androids of NYC" Also Penciller on "Abandon All Hope" from FreeFall Comics, and Art Director on Spellcaster. Currently being represented by Glasshouse Graphics. Link to Resume and Website : http://cargocollective.com/jabeihl
Christina Kampson is a Long Island based illustrator/artist. Her work has a strong whimsical style that appeals to both children and adults. She creates entire worlds in her works with her unique use of bright colors and stylized drawing. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute in Communication Design (Illustration, Graphic Design, & Advertising) and is currently pursuing her MS in Art Education. Check out her work at ChristinaKampson.com
Lana is a NYS Certified early childhood teacher. She studied at the University of British Columbia, where she got her degree in Education. She acquired her masters degree at Hunger College in NYC. Lana has taught for schools in Richmond, BC as well as for the NYC public schools. She is a mom of two young boys, and loves creating new and exciting lessons for young children. Her passion is working with children - watching them discover the world around them creatively through hands on education.
Christina Stomber is a Long Island based Artist, Graphic Designer and Piano Teacher. Christina has graduated from SUNY Oswego University with both a Psychology and Graphic Design degree, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Art Education for grade k-12 at Long Island University. She is passionate, enthusiastic, and well experienced within the Arts ranging from traditional to digital media. As an experienced Art & Music Teacher, she always encourages her students to explore their creative side, experiment, and have fun! By exploring self expression,creative thinking and problem solving in the Art Classroom she intends to prepare students with self confidence, knowledge and skills for the future. Her goal is to share her knowledge and passion for Art with others to inspire an efficacious Art education.
Skylar graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in fine art & minor in art history. She is currently pursing her masters in art education at Queens College. Skylar has experience in sculpting, casting, ceramics, printmaking, and painting. Her own artwork has a cosmic twist to it, often incorporating the starry night skies.
Hi, I’m Megan! Upon graduating with my BS degree in Art Therapy, I began working at Family and Children’s Association as a Respite Counselor. In this position, I was encouraged to help children with various behavioral and mental health diagnoses become involved and engaged in their communities. While pursuing my Master’s in Art Therapy, I focused on the importance of the arts in the development of healthy family dynamics and positive self esteem amongst children. During my studies and career, I realized that the arts were often sidelined from the regular school curriculum. This led me to work with various non-profit organizations that provide art programs to NYC’s Public School System where I have been leading and teaching art classes to grades K-12 for over three years. I consider myself to be a passionate visual artist that loves to share the positive influence creativity has had on me with others!
Kristen Stedman is a junior at Arcadia University, where she studies communications and graphic design. She has been an assistant at Key to My Art since June 2015, and recently began teaching classes. Outside of Key to My Art, Kristen does freelance work, writes for lifestyle magazine Loco Mag, and nurses her continually-expanding tea collection.
Kayla is a junior at Massapequa High School. She has been making art for as long as she can remember. Kayla is a photographer and has done freelance photography work for weddings and special occasions. Kayla has also been commissioned to paint portraits and has been in several art shows where her paintings, drawings and photography have been showcased. One of Kayla's short films won the Amelie A. Wallace Arts-In-Education award. She loves to create and to help others do the same.
I have been doing art for as long as I can remember but began taking it seriously 3 years ago. I have been a part of National Art Honor Society for two years and designed the set for this years school play. My work has been in multiple art shows and next year I will be attending college for fine art; drawing and painting with the intent of becoming a tattoo artist in the near future.
Hello, I’m Nicole! I’m a senior at Lindenhurst High School and art has a very important place in my heart. I have been in National Art Honor Society for five years and am currently the club’s Vice President. Along with my artistic expression, a healthy lifestyle is very important to me, which is why I spend my free time at the gym with friends and maintaining a positive atmosphere. I also volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital weekly and love being part of the community!
Lilia, ’Lily’, Kaplan is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in Animation. She is currently creating designs for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life fundraisers, one of which, “King of the Wing”, is being used world-wide. Lily has knowledge in character design, illustration, and storyboarding. Along with those sets of attributes, she has a deep love and skill in fine arts and macro photography. Being a hard worker with fierce determination, Lily believes art helps kids, aiding them in their imagination and filling them with joy. She strongly feels that everyone has their own interpretation of a piece of art and a way of seeing beauty around them. Art is unique and special to each individual. With her bubbly personality and upbeat attitude, Lily can’t go a day without creating art. Check out her website: www.liliaemma.com