Our Teachers

Get to know our team of experienced art professionals. We are thrilled to help your children develop their passion for art.

Barbara Gay

Barbara Gay

Barbara Gay, the founder of Children’s Art Classes, is a certified art teacher with over 40 years of teaching experience. She earned her degree in art education at the University of Wisconsin. Barbara has developed and implemented an in-depth art curriculum for children that has gained recognition in the Southwest over the past two decades. Barbara continues to refine our curriculum and training program. In addition to teaching at her Jacksonville studio, she is responsible for instructor training and mentoring. 

Her philosophy of art education focuses on building her students’ self-esteem through public recognition of their achievements. “The proof is in the pudding!” has been her motto. Teaching is her passion.

Lisa Shanahan

Lisa Shanahan

Lisa is thrilled to be part of your child's artistic journey.  Lisa is passionate about art and its ability to develop self-expression and grow confidence in children. Lisa enjoys creating art with many mediums, including charcoal and pencil drawing, acrylics, and her favorite, oil paints.

After earning her B.S. in Marketing from Indiana University, Lisa had a diverse career in marketing, public relations, and social work.  Lisa has three grown children and lives in Geneva with her husband and two goldendoodles.

Rick Yent

Rick Yent

Rick Yent grew up in Towson, MD and is a graduate of Towson University. Rick has been an entrepreneur from an early age and has had multiple careers in restaurant management, Information Technology and sail design and construction. He is an avid photographer and has won multiple awards with his photography. He was a teacher in the Anne Arundel County, MD school system and taught industrial arts and Computer Technology to 6th and 7th graders. Rick has a passion for teaching and enjoys working with kids of all ages to teach them new skills and self-confidence.

Camie Warner

Camie Warner

Camie Warner is a student at Savannah College of Art Design, majoring in art history with a minor in painting. She started attending Children’s Art Classes when she was 8 years old and was a student here for 10 years. Camie’s portfolio consists of many acrylic paintings of polar bears, often accompanied by glitter. Another muse of hers is rats, because she has 5 pet rats of her own.

Camie is passionate about childcare and has many years of experience in preschool education and nannying. Her dream job was always to be an art teacher— so she’s grateful to be living her dream at the studio that sparked that aspiration.

Maya Widmer

Maya Widmer

Maya grew up in Chesterfield county and now lives in the Manchester area of Richmond.   She graduated from Cosby H.S. with art honors and is currently a student at VCU.

She is an avid lover of anime (a hand-drawn and computer animation originating from Japan) and enjoys several mediums including watercolors, chalk pastels and ink.

As a Children’s Art Classes instructor, Maya can combine her passion for art and children.  She truly has a gift of connecting  with children of all ages as well as helping them discover and develop their strengths while building their esteem, self-expression and pride.  

Maya has worked as a camp counselor for many years and is excited to work with your child to help them explore the world of art and grow as creative and critical thinkers.

Grace Su Young Kim

Grace Su Young Kim

Grace received her Bachelor’s in Fine Art from Wonkwang University in South Korea where she studied oil, acrylic, and watercolor painting, abstract painting, and installation art.   Grace has spent many years working as a Graphic Design Artist and an educator.  She has taught children of all ages both in Korea and here in the US. 

As a mom of three wonderful children, she has navigated the demands of parenting and understands how to connect her passion for art with education, patience, and encouragement.  As an artist, her passion is botanical art using watercolors.

Josmary

Josmary

Josmary is an Architect from Venezuela, while in college, she took a number of art classes, including sketching, architectural drawing, and graphic design. She also received a Marketing and Business degree from the University of North Florida, where she work as a designer for promotional material on campus.

For about 15 years she has been a freelancer graphic designer, allowing her to grow as an artist on the digital field. Josmary has been teaching extracurricular activities to children for 10 years, and she loves to help them discover and develop their strengths while building their esteem and pride. She loves to sketch using either fine markers or ebony pencil, and she uses sketching for every situation in her life as a therapeutic, communication, and organization tool.

Tricia Packard

Tricia Packard

Tricia Packard has a vast amount of experience leading and teaching children of all ages, including her own four children. She loves using color in art and is an accomplished artist specializing in floral watercolors and alcohol inks.  You can view her art at tricia.packard_art on Instagram.

Gabrielle Mason

Gabrielle Mason

Gabrielle has a BFA degree in Studio Art from Eskenazi School of Art Architecture and Design at Indiana University.  She is a professional medical illustrator and also teaches art part-time at Tri-West High School.  We are pleased to have her on our team of teachers at Children’s Art Classes, Brownsburg.

Summer workshops begin in June.
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