We have a staff of talented, professional artists that will lead you to create your very own masterpiece!
Mark has taught at the Around the Corner Art Center for the past 25 years. His approach is simplicity itself in the beginning stages, Mark feels the desire to create is more important than any natural talent the student may bring to those first few classes. Mark teaches younger students in a step-by-step approach. He does the same art project (painting, drawing or sculpture) so that the student can see the project develop from inception to completion. Most art projects are chosen to include problem solving in composition and color choices. Many students stay from an early age through adulthood and as the student progresses and matures the nature of the classes change to accommodate and allow for individual creativity and expression. Students are given more freedom to discover who they are and how to express that through their artwork. Many of his students go on to study art in college and pursue careers that allow art to remain a part of their lives.
Ann Marie is a fine art teacher here at the Around the Corner Art Center. She teaches instructional art classes to students of all ages from the curious young children just entering elementary school to adults looking for some interesting & creative recreational activities. Ann Marie specializes in preparing portfolios with teen students interested in pursuing an education in Fine Art. Her concentrations are in acrylic painting and drawing. She enjoys the challenge of capturing new images on canvas. Some classes are taught in a step-by-step instructional style with a focus on learning techniques. Other classes are presented in an open-studio style setting so that students can work on individual art projects at their own pace. Ann Marie brings an art history lesson to each session to educate her students about masterpieces in art and their true (although sometimes hidden) meanings. She encourages ALL of her students to exhibit their artwork whenever possible. Ann Marie received a B.A. in Fine Art from Montclair State College. She continues to paint and exhibit her work throughout the Northeast.
Eva Marie graduated with highest honors from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Painting. Eva Marie currently teaches at both our Freehold and Morganville locations. She has been teaching summer camps, workshops, Teen Night, Canvas & Cocktails, etc. at Around the Corner Art Center for the past 8 years. She currently teaches Kid's Art, Painting & Drawing, Multi-Media Art, Open Studio Drawing/Painting for Adults, and Teen Art. Her classes are taught step-by-step in order to stress the importance of mastering different techniques. While she primarily paints in acrylic, she has taken courses in traditional oil painting and life drawing. Eva Marie has exhibited her paintings in National and International juried art shows. Just a few of these are Nexus the Arts Guild of NJ's International Exhibition, the 39th Annual Juried Art Exhibition at the Monmouth Museum, the 33rd Annual Mountain Art Show (Honorable Mention), The Art Alliance of Monmouth County's Annual Juried Exhibition and First Street Gallery's "Strange Paradise" National Juried Exhibition. She has also been exhibited at Cooperstown Art Association's 82nd Annual National Juried Art Exhibition, the Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington DC's 84th Annual Exhibition where she received 2nd place in the acrylic category, and the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic's Annual Juried Exhibition in which she has been honored with the Ralph Fabri Medal.
Heather enjoys teaching kids and teens how to draw cartoons, superheros and anime! She encourages her students to find familiar shapes in the subject matter they are sketching. The students are taught how to complete their artwork with a variety of mediums from markers, clay and colored pencils to acrylic paints. Heather received an Associates degree in Animation Art and a Bachelors degree in Illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. While in school, Heather participated in a program that exposed senior citizens to fine art. This project was so heartfelt that it was covered by the Fox 5 television news channel.
Ed is an art teacher, clay expert and professional framer here at the Around The Corner Art Center. He is the friendly face that helps our customers choose the perfect frame and mat for their artwork, diploma, sports memorabilia etc. Ed, affectionately known as Mr. Ed to his young students, teaches classes in drawing, mixed media and clay sculpture. Ed teaches in a step-by-step instructional approach and he suggests that all images can be broken down into simple shapes. From these simple shapes, he encourages his students to create a complete work of art using a variety of media, including colored pencils, graphic art markers & his favorite, oil pastels. Ed's clay classes focus on creating a 3-dimmensional object out of a lump of wet clay. Children learn techniques on how to wedge, join, pinch, coil, shape & glaze their clay sculpture. Ed bakes all of the clay and ceramic pieces in our very own kiln. In addition, Ed runs the ceramic studio. He is always attending new clay and ceramic workshops to keep him updated and informed about the latest glazes and clays available. He continues to draw in his spare time, although his true passion is sculpting, whether it's with clay, cardboard or when decorating a one-of-a-kind cake!
Mary Ann Goodwin
MaryAnn Goodwin is a “Jersey Girl”. She was born in Newark, New Jersey and raised in Lake Como. She received a BFA in painting and graphic design from Caldwell University. MaryAnn was a graphic artist and supervisor of the Graphics Department at Monmouth County Park System. She received JSPRAA Gold and Silver graphic design awards during her career at the Park System for outstanding design of annual reports and newsletters. She is an exhibiting member of The Guild of Creative Arts, Art Alliance, and Belmar Arts Council. She has participated in several public art projects and charity art events; recently exhibiting a starfish as part of “Art on the Pier” in Pier Village, Long Branch. MaryAnn works in watercolor and acrylic; experimenting with special effects. Her themes revolve around Landscapes, Florals, People and Celebrity, Fashion, and Animals. She exhibits regularly throughout the State of New Jersey. Her paintings are in collections throughout, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Florida. She accepts private and public commissions in painting and graphic design. She resides in Neptune with her family and two dogs.
Karen is a Certified Professional Coach, Master Practitioner in Energy Leadership and COR.E Performance Dynamic Specialist, as well as the owner of KBP Coaching LLC. She received her certifications from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). She is passionate about energy (consciousness) and brings her intuitive skills to help people align closer to their core values and become their most authentic selves. Becoming authentic has been proven to strengthen self–esteem, build stronger relationships, improve productivity and promote healthier lifestyles. Karen has worked with clients in areas of life purpose, leadership, relationships and wellness. As a long time student of Around the Corner Art Center, Karen has experience with mediums such as pencil, charcoal, colored pencil, pastels, watercolor, pen and ink, acrylic and oil. She has exhibited her works of art in juried art shows and has been honored as high as Best in Show and Judges Award. Her colored pencil, “Butterfly”, was chosen for display by the Colored Pencil Society of America’s Exhibition in Albuquerque, NM.