...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, www.johnkachik.com

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.

Guest Art Instructors:

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!

Lauren Siminski is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art.  "I’m a front end web designer/developer with a love for cool code, dogs, traveling, live music, & ampersands. My daily fuel is coffee and an impossible dream to one day know how to do everything. I’m still learning and I’m okay with that." She can teach private lessons in digital media. For more information, visit her website, www.laurensiminski.com

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

Vivian S. Davis, AKA Dragon Lady, is the Creative Director and Founder of Tutoring Art, as well as a program instructor. She's been an artist for more than 25 years.  She grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, attended classes at the Atlanta College of Art, started her career working as a Graphic Artist and Scenic Painter, and then dabbled in the early stages of video animation. In 1993, she won an Emmy Award for the computer animation title of a documentary entitled, “Southern Bases.” Took a side step and 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. In 2008, Vivian founded the Arts Program with the Freedom Area Recreation Council (FARC) and it has expanded to offer additional art classes by local and highly talented instructors. In addition, she's designed and painted scenic backgrounds for local theater and vacation bible school, taught youth art classes and started the SYKESVILLE PAINTING CLUB. The nickname comes from her 10th Anniversary win for the annual (marshmallow) Peep Show with "Mother of Dragons", and for a merit award for her "Wood Dragon" in pyrography, both at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster, MD.

Tutoring Art's Mobile Art Instructors:

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!

Cindy Ingram, an art instructor, artist and teacher for 40 years. Growing up in Baltimore and attending Towson State University, she earned a Master's + 30 degree in grades K-12. She taught elementary art in Baltimore city, middle and high school in Baltimore County Public Schools. Active in the Student Service Learning area, Cindy became a Service Learning Fellow in 2004 integrating art into the curriculum so that students could receive credit for graduation. In 2008 she retired from teaching to open the Hilltop Hideaway Bed and Breakfast in Hampstead. From 2009 she was a long term art substitute for Carroll County, worked with clients from the ARC in Westminster, the Boys and Girls Club and created backgrounds for vacation bible school. Moving to St. Petersburg, Florida in 2016, Cindy is now excited to begin Tutoring Art where locals can enjoy painting as well as fundraising for many different organizations.

Jeannie Nichols is a local artist who started copying comics from the newspaper when she was five years old. She has spent most of her life in Maryland with a pencil in her hand, drawing and doodling through college, marriage, children, and work . An art class in Sykesville reawakened her interest in painting in 2011. She started painting with acrylics in 2013, left her corporate job, and has not stopped painting since. Her paintings of animals, landscapes and flowers are in acrylic, oil, watercolor, pen and ink and pencil. She passionately believes anyone, no matter how much experience they have, can create art and loves to teach painting to individuals and groups of all ages.