Art Plus Academy
Founded in 2008 by Austin artist Monica Araoz, Art Plus Academy is dedicated to meaningfully improving students drawing and painting skills. We offer classes and summer camps for children as young as four years old, teens and adults.In Art Plus Academy, we believe drawing and painting are two important skills which support the creative and innovative thought process. Helping art students to learn how to "see" beyond the obvious, appreciate subtle differences in shade or color and dare to experiment are just a few examples of what we are passionate about.
Founder & CEO
I am an active artist in Austin TX. You can see my work at my website or at any of the galleries that represent me. I started teaching in 2008 following a request by a close friend for art instruction. The experience helped me discover my grand passion for teaching and marked me forever. From that first class with a few students, word of mouth put me in the position to open this academy in 2009 and in 2013, my second location in Cedar Park. I believe that everyone can learn to draw and I believe I can teach you.
As an Artist and Art Teacher with international experience, I have been drawing and painting for more than 20 years at the Bauhaus and SENAC Art Schools in Brazil. In 1998, I moved with my family to Austin, Texas, and soon started making portraits and participating in Art events, including an exhibition for Latin week at Motorola. I also became a member artist of the famous La Villita Gallery in San Antonio. I taught Face Drawing and Fashion Design Art for The University of Texas Informal Classes program and have illustrated a children's book published in Brazil. I enjoy teaching art to children and adults because I believe one of the best way to see and understand the world is by expressing ourselves through drawing and art.
M.F.A. in Illustration
I am an artist and illustrator. I have an MFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a bachelors in Graphic Design from Universidad Vasco de Quiroga. I have worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for newspapers, printing companies and advertising agencies. I have also taught bilingual classes as well as art. I have participated in numerous exhibits and festivals, mostly in Texas and Mexico. My first children's book "Paty y los Payasos" was published in 2002 by Los Libros de El Nacional in Venezuela.
B.A. in Two-Dimensional Arts
I studied painting in the beautiful city of Florence, Italy, and received my bachelor's degree in Two-Dimensional Arts at Messiah College in Grantham, PA. I have since continued to create my own body of art, worked on a variety of murals and painted commissioned pieces for residential and commercial spaces such as the Sheraton Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ.
I began working with kids and loving it after I saw the free and easy way they weren't afraid to use their imagination, and make confident marks on a blank piece of paper. I believe we have to relearn that as adults, and we can. I believe that anyone who makes the time and has the patience to really see with their eyes, can learn to draw, and I want to encourage the unique way that each of us sees the world!
BFA in Surface Pattern Design
I grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania where I started taking art lessons as a young child. During high school and college, I was an art instructor for all ages at the very same studio where I began. I graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in Surface Pattern Design. For seven years following, I worked designing and styling wallpaper collections for both of the two largest and oldest companies in the US. After moving to Austin in 2006, I realized that, while I loved many aspects of working in a design studio, my real passion was in helping to teach and inspire both young and old on their creative paths. I have been blessed with many wonderful mentors and teachers who have helped me to continually add to my creative toolbox. I consider it a joy and a privilege to be able to help pass on that knowledge and encourage others in their creative adventures.
Len DiSalvo is an illustrator, author and animator with twenty-five years professional experience in print media and games. He has illustrated many children’s books, particularly the award winning Lima Bear series from Lima Bear Press and has authored A Pet for Captain Barnacles, released in 2014. A Bachelor’s Degree holder in Illustration, he has also taught his craft during that time primarily at the college level, as well as middle school, Gifted and Talented, Lyceum, Summer Reading Programs, and the Boys’ and Girls’ Club. When not creating art, Len spends his time immersed in baseball, old monster movies, and bbq.
BFA Drawing and Painting
While receiving my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting from the University of Southern Mississippi, I quickly realized that learning how to draw was undoubtedly about learning how to see the intimate details of our surroundings. As a two-time recipient of the Foundation Art Scholarship Award, I have worked diligently to develop a purposeful insight to understanding the concepts of drawing and design. Being able to draw is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. It helps you to appreciate and value so many wonders that exist around us. As children, we innately experience art with such a pure and honest approach. I am excited to help foster these elements as we continue to harvest the vitality of the human spirit.
MFA in Studio Art.
Stacy Klawunn is an artist and teacher. Stacy has a BFA in art from Southwestern University and an MFA in art from Texas A&M Commerce. She is a working artist whose work has been published and currently hangs in the Framers Art Gallery in Georgetown Texas. Stacy has been teaching art for 9 years and enjoys passing on her knowledge and years of experience to anyone who wants to learn.
B.S. in Education with minor in Studio Arts.
I graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Education with a focus area in Schooling and Diversity, a second major in Psychology and a minor in Studio Arts. I've always loved teaching and working closely with children. During the school year I work full time at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and have benefited so much from working with children of all ability levels. I provided art lessons to children with disabilities in their homes with collaboration with their family members. I am passionate about teaching because I believe that there is endless amount of value to gain by being able to express oneself artistically. I also really strive to enable children to realize their self-potential through the method of creating art, as well as knowing the joy that comes with embracing one's inner artist. I am very happy and excited to be apart of the Art Plus Academy team!
BFA in Studio Art - candidate Masters for Art Education
I am a graduate from Abilene Christian University with a BFA in Studio Art. Currently, I am pursuing a teaching certification as well as a Masters in Art Education from the University of Texas at Austin. I grew up in Austin and love being back home where I hope to continue working on my art and help those who want to develop their artistic skill. I am confident working with a wide range of mediums, from cast bronze to encaustic, however my love for the tradition of painting and drawing will always inspire me. My favorite element in painting is color play. Any subject matter can become interesting and beautiful if one knows the design elements that go into a successful work of art. Art is a creative area of life that I believe more people should explore and I want to help those become more disciplined so that they can feel confident and creative.
BA in Art.
I am a native Austin artist and illustrator with over six years of teaching experience. I have a BA in Art with a focus on drawing and painting from Texas State University. Prior to becoming an art instructor, I worked as a preschool teacher with a focus on art therapy. I have also taught K-12 students in Austin public schools. I love working in all mediums, especially acrylic, charcoal, and watercolor. The thing I value most highly about my teaching is fostering a love of art in my students. I believe that anyone can learn to draw and paint realistically in their own unique way when given the right skill set. I can teach you or your child the skills needed to grow artistically and to keep on growing.
B.F.A in Studio Art
After getting a B.F.A from Southwestern University with a focus in painting, I went on to Texas State University where I obtained my Teaching Certification in art. Since then I have taught privately, in addition to teaching K-12 in public school, while still pursuing my own art. I have exhibited my art around Texas in solo and group shows since 2002, throughout various galleries, restaurants, theaters and other places. I have experience in many different mediums, but have primarily focused on the mediums used in drawing and painting. It was while I was being taught how to draw and paint when I was young that I first realized my path lay in teaching art, in passing on what I had learned so that I could help others find the joy and expression that comes with creating art, and be successful in doing so.
B.F.A. in studio Art and Art education.
I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education from Valdosta State University. I have worked with a wide variety of mediums and techniques including painting, ceramics, drawing, welding, printmaking, jewelry making, sculpture, and more! For the last four years, I taught art to pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students at Valwood College Preparatory School in Valdosta, GA. My classes are founded on positivity and encouragement where my students can let go in a comfortable space to express their creativity and individuality through their own artistic creations. I am passionate about teaching, and I am inspired by my students' talent and excitement. I wholeheartedly believe that everyone can grow into wonderful artists while having fun!
BFA in Studio Art
I have a BFA in Fine Art from Sam Houston State University. I am certified to teach both Art and Special Education. I attribute my success in Art to my mother who had the wisdom to put me in Art lessons at an early age. She found the most wonderful teachers who truly paved the way for my love of art and the artistic process. I am a freelance artist and I often find myself noticing the most beautiful details of a person or animal or nature through years of observation and embracing the idea of "seeing." To me the most revealing details are those which are unexpected. It is my goal in teaching art to help students develop and respect their artistic perspective. Every artist has a unique way of viewing the world and I like to build on this. I have been mesmerized by the perspectives of children and their art. It is my ambition to strengthen their personal vantage point while doing and learning the elements of art.
BFA in Fine Arts
I studied at Shepherd University and obtained my BFA in Fine Art as well as my BA in Art Education K-12. After graduation, I pursued my Master’s Degree in Painting at Indiana State University where I was awarded Graduate Assistant positions. I am currently a full-time art teacher at Manor Middle School and have taught college classes in Drawing, Color Theory, and Art History at Indiana State University and Ivy Tech Community College. My specialty is drawing and painting. I enjoy teaching art to students of all ages and skill levels, and I love the energy kids bring to their art!
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