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

Molly Sims, a professional artist and instructor. Being the daughter of an avid outdoorsman, Molly grew up camping, hiking, fishing and playing in the streams and rivers around the Idaho National Forest. This began Molly’s lifelong love and passion of nature and wildlife, which she shares as the source of her inspiration. “To be in nature, is to witness a thousand miracles. There is an endless variety of subject matter. Nature speaks the truth and there is so much beauty, wonder, grandeur to be found. It uplifts our spirits and is the best natural therapy for our souls. I hope to capture some of its beauty, wonder and peace and help connect and uplift my viewers to see and connect with our natural world”. After graduating with a graphic design degree from Spokane Falls Community College, Molly continued to study drawing and painting with several professional artists and currently studies with nationally recognized artist Hans Guerin at the Shuler School of Fine Art. Molly also shows at several Juried fine arts festivals throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, winning 1st prize in the painting category at a recent show. Molly has also sold numerous paintings  and commissioned portraits throughout the US, Canada and England. http://mollysimsart.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.

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!

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

sharing the LOVE OF ART AROUND the world - todos los dias.

Vivian S. Davis is the Creative Director and Founder of Tutoring Art since 2008. 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.” Thereafter, taking a side step, Vivian 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. Vivian founded the Arts Program with the Freedom Area Recreation Council, Freedom Arts and since then 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, and has continued to teach workshops for youth and adults in her home studio. Vivian founded the SYKESVILLE PAINTING CLUB in 2014, which provides local budding and professional artists the ability to network, conduct and/or attend workshops, plein air painting and group studio sessions. Recent awards include a merit award for her Pyrography on live edge wood, a 10th Anniversary win for the annual (marshmallow) Peep Show at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster with an 8 1/2 foot dragon, along with additional 3rd place win in 2018 for a sponsored sculpture by Just Born, Inc., the Peep Company.

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!

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