From the Owner
As a certified art education specialist with more than 18 years of teaching experience, I take pride in the fact that our instructors are either certified educators with the state of Texas or have significant years of experience and expertise in their respective field as well as an understanding of how to transfer that knowledge. Teaching is a craft in and of itself, not to be undervalued.
Art is the visual documentation of human history. It is a universal language. Do you know it? If not, consider joining us and learning more about yourself, your culture, and the community around you. Whether you find nourishment in seeing what new treasures we have in the gallery or if you would like to discover the joy of mark-making, we have something here at Elm Street Studio to nurture your creative endeavors.
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Billy Mabrey (affectionatley called "Mr. Billy" by his students) is a fine arts graduate from Southern Methodist University and has been teaching drawing, digital arts, and many other subjects to kids and adults in the Keller area since 2008.
Liz Bonham holds a BFA degree in painting from Abilene Christian University and has done post graduate work in art education at UTA. Over the years she has taught over a thousand students to paint and holds Signature memberships in NOAPS and WAOW, Associate With Distinction membership in AWA and memberships in OPA, AIS, OPS, PAPNM, and PSoA. She is an award winning illustrator and artist.
Jacinda Boneau is a DFW-based artist and designer. Her artwork is licensed on everything from greeting cards to fabric, housewares to wrapping paper, and is available in stores nationwide, and at jacindastudio.com. Originally from Rhode Island, Jacinda holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Umass-Dartmouth.
Her work is known for its bright pops of color and painterly style, featuring watercolor, gouache, digital art, and even cut paper.
Most influenced by life's celebrations, nature and travel, Jacinda strives to make art fun and accessible for students of all levels.
Santa Barbara Tilka is a self-taught Artist, acquiring her education primarily through art books, nature, and many years of practice. Further, she feels blessed that she has received priceless advice and direction from highly talented artists she has admired and sought out. In addition to being an Artist, she is a practicing Occupational Therapist. Occasionally she incorporates her art in her therapy sessions to improve areas such as standing balance, endurance, perception, and coordination. She finds that it even helps with uplifting her patient's spirits.
Mrs. Tilka obtains much of her inspiration from nature and beautiful local settings. These include but are not limited to: Botanic gardens, local historic areas, museums, and even her own backyard. Presently, her work can be seen at Napoli's Italian Kitchen & Market in Historic Downtown Grapevine, Texas as well as the Fort Worth Botanic Garden in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition, you can view her work at: www.ArtbyTilka.com
The Artist's favorite medium is Oils but she also very much enjoys working with Graphite and Colored Pencils. All her Paintings and Drawings are Original from start to finish. She works from photographs she has personally taken, her own sketches, imagination, or a combination of these. Only the best materials are used to ensure enjoyment for generations.
Adrian Quintanar is a studio potter and high school art teacher specializing in 3D art forms. Adrian studied fine art at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock and taught ceramics at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Art. His ceramic work has been displayed in art shows, galleries and museums including the Historic Arkansas Museum and AMFA. Adrian is a Fort Worth native and is excited to be working and sharing his love for art in his hometown! In his free time, Adrian enjoys spending time with his family, playing soccer, making pottery and playing music in his home in North Fort Worth.
Jacquelyn Sorenson is a self-taught artist born and raised in Grapevine, TX. She spent most of her childhood drawing, painting, or coming up with something creative to do. Now she is a full time working Artist, loving life, and very blessed she gets to share a little piece of her passion with the world.
Chris Brandley, an award winning artist, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Baylor University and is a professionally certified art educator. She has over 25 years of teaching experience, including teaching art in the public schools, training artists on the job, as well as teaching adult workshops and classes.
Susan Vanderlaan is a self-taught artist and art educator. She has been teaching art since 2005 and is currently pursuing her dream of being a full-time working artist. Susan is a member of the Texas Visual Arts Association, and is passionate about making art accessible to everyone. Nothing makes her happier than sharing her gifts and passion with others. She currently works from her home studio in Fort Worth, TX.
We offer a variety of creative classes and workshops to nurture your creative endeavors. Our offerings include but are not limited to drawing, painting, digital media, crafts, etc. Our list of classes changes about every three months; to be alerted to each new session, join our email list.