An artist is all I ever wanted to be...

Vivian S. Davis, Creative Director and Founder/Tutoring Art, an instructor, and an artist for more than 25 years.  She grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, attended classes at the Atlanta College of Art, and started her career working as a Graphic Artist and Scenic Painter.  Vivian dabbled in the early stages of video animation and, in 1993, won an Emmy Award for the computer animation title and intro of a documentary entitled, “Southern Bases.”  Shortly after, she entered the hectic world of financial sales and marketing, and worked as a trainer/instructor where she discovered her passion for teaching.  In 2007, she decided to devote more time to family and returned to working as a professional artist, instructor and program administrator. In 2008, Vivian founded the Arts Program with the Freedom Area Recreation Council (FARC), starting with just a couple of group lessons.  Since then the FARC program has expanded to offer additional art classes by local and highly talented instructors. Over the last several years, she's designed and painted scenic backgrounds for local theater and vacation bible school, taught youth art classes in several mediums, and started the SYKESVILLE PAINTING CLUB. 

"I thank God every day that he blessed me with a passion and a natural ability for the Arts which has led me to help others explore their talent so they can truly be proud of their accomplishments."   

Wiley Purkey, a professional artist and instructor has been painting since age 13.  His work is the end result of having been born in the Ellicott City Historic District, growing up in the the town as it experienced it's rebirth, and returning to paint the town and be part of it’s continuing history. He and Ellicott City and their journey together are inseparable, and it shows in his life’s work, his art. He works with watercolor, oil paint, egg tempera, chalk pastels, oil pastels, most kinds of drawing materials, and has recently turned some attention to making constructions out of re-purposed materials, and the Historic District of Ellicott City remains his favorite subject.  As an instructor for Tutoring Art's wine and painting programs, Wiley Van Gogh (as we fondly refer to him as) will surely help you loosen up!

Lauren Siminski, a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, and Graphic Designer can teach private lessons in digital media. For more information, visit her website,

"...Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit."

                                                                                    John Steinbeck


Freedom Arts (FARC) instructors:

John Kachik, a local award winning artist is teaching classical drawing techniques for students of all levels ages 11 and up.  John's classes will run in 6 week sessions, and focus on drawing from life and photos, encouraging students to try different mediums and
draw subjects that interest them most.  Whether you register for all sessions or drop in one season, John will better prepare
your young artist for high school classes and/or help with portfolio quality work when preparing for college. For some samples of John's work, visit his website,

Kim Fondiller is a native of Baltimore and has lived in Eldersburg with her husband and son for nine years.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Design from Towson University.  Although she enjoys many mediums, she especially enjoys working with stained glass.  She has been working with stained glass using the copper foil method for ten years. The last three years she worked at Camp Milldale as an art teacher and Arts Camp director.  Currently she is working on pieces for the upcoming Liberty High craft show, and looks forward to giving new students an enjoyable experience in stained glass.

Jesse Burr is an artist with a passion for comics as he feels it provides so many different ways to share ideas and is supported by an encouraging community of devotees of art and writing.  Originally from Cleveland, OH, he is a graduate from UNCA in Asheville, NC with a BA in Art where he also obtained his teaching license.  He has taught art classes to students ages 5 and up, attended Comic conventions, and has had a comic published by Arbor Press.  
Thank you for your interest and support. See you in class!