ARTISTIC SOULS @ A&S
A&S Studio Founder/Director, Artist & Instructor, Creative Spaces Co-Founder
Manda always says, "I have the best job!" And she truly means it! She has loved making art ever since she can remember.
Her passion for the arts was initially sparked by her Mom and was nurtured by many teachers, professors & artists throughout her life who continued to inspire her. That same passion is now driving her own determination to inspire and bring the joy of art & the benefits of creating to others.
Manda has been professionally teaching art to all ages for over 18 years. First, in Frederick County Public Schools as an Art Teacher, and for the last 12 years in her own studio. She also enjoys the privilege of taking art lessons on the road to other's classrooms & groups to share the benefits and wonders of creativity and art-making.
The only thing Manda loves more than creating & teaching art is her family. She is a mother of three beautiful sweet little stinkers, Cortland, Annabelle & Naomi, and the wife of a wonderfully supportive husband, Drew.
Artist, Workshop Director & Instructor
Courtney is a mixed media collage artist living in Urbana with her two busy boys Harrison (16) Reese (13) and her husband Nick.
She has taught art in a private studio and at FCC for over 10 years. She is a “Working “ artist represented by Wild Apple Graphics for print and product licensing. Courtney still is shocked when she sees her art on a product out in the world. She loves creating and teaching the process of art. She is a true believer in the mantra “ Yes you can !! Just try !!. “
Courtney is traditionally trained in the 3D arts, and finds that mixed media really speaks to her. She loves using vintage papers and nontraditional/ repurposed art materials. Courtney explains, "There is no better inspiration than watching my students find new
ways to create".
A&S Studio Manager, Creative Spaces Co-Founder, Art Instructor & Community/Customer Relations
Although she has her MBA, she's our pro-multi-tasker with her hands on a little of everything-mgmt/admin side while always prioritizing creativity! She loves teaching art, hosting art parties & maintaining the studio while creating and finding treasures for Creative Spaces.
Rachele has been part of the studio for years as a parent & volunteer and loves being part of this team. Her family includes her husband, Jason, and children Izzy, Jackson and Lexi.
When Rachele isn't hanging out with her family & friends, she's busy doing art "business" for the studio and Creative Spaces. Rachele loves being crafty and enjoys refurbishing anything she can get her hands on to repurpose into new treasures.
Art Instructor & Home School Director
Once an A&S artist & volunteer as a middle schooler, Morgan is excited to be part of Art & Soul now as an instructor. She enjoys combining her passions of education & art and hopes every artist feels welcomed when they walk into the studio. She encourages each artist to create artwork that is different because we are all different and unique!
Morgan has an undergraduate degree in Special Education and is working towards a Master's degree in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and traveling.
Lisa has always had a passion for helping and serving others in the community. She works as a graphic design consultant and has taught all types of fine art and digital art to students in Frederick County Public Schools, Montgomery County Public Schools, and even college design courses! She enjoys being creative with students, having fun with her classes, and watching their imaginations and independence flourish!
Lisa and her family live in Urbana. They love being part of all this community has to offer–the sports, outdoor activities, and volunteer opportunities. Of course, they also enjoy field trips to nearby museums and being creative together at home!