A new and exciting arts education venue now open in Wilmington just down the street from the Delaware Art Museum. Offerings include classes and workshops for all ages in drawing, painting, sewing, glass and woodworking.
Susan Benarcik is a sculptor and surface designer who is deeply rooted in horticulture and environmental design. Her sculpture and print designs evidence a fondness and respect for the natural world, and bring equilibrium to our senses by allowing the natural world to become part of our daily cognitive experience.
As an artist and educator, Susan believes it is important to expose students to a variety of creative materials and methods in an effort to unleash their own creativity and subsequently, improve collaborative, communicative, and problem-solving skills. The artist received her B.F.A. from Rosemont College in Pennsylvania, and her M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.
Please visit the artist’s website: www.susanbenarcik.com
Linda Celestian is a fine artist with extensive experience teaching all levels of drawing and painting. She started teaching when her daughters attended a Montessori School from preschool through 6th grade. She designed curriculum based art projects for the classroom, and worked as an artist in residence once in the classroom and once with the teachers funded by grants through the Delaware Division of the Arts. Her lessons often involved observational drawing, a skill she feel aids learning on many levels. She applies her passion for art education to the development of easy and fun lessons for students of all ages.
Rich Pierce has lived in Delaware for 37 years, growing up in North Wilmington and attending I.H.M. and Salesianum schools. After graduating from King’s College, he went on to teach English at St. Mark’s High School, spending summers working construction and lifeguarding at the Jersey shore. Summers spent on the coast planted early seeds and work soon began on his first woodworking venture, Stolen Longboards, a local skateboard company where over 70 custom longboards have been produced one at a time for the past 10 years.
Currently, Rich is a member of the Art Department at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, where he teaches Woodworking and Design to students of all grade levels. As a local artisan, he has been involved in countless projects throughout Wilmington, and his craftsmanship can be found in homes across the state. Rich currently resides in nearby Hockessin with his wife Jen and four children.