We are a team of dedicated instructors with a range of experience in fine art, commerical art and crafting. We are excited to have the opportunity to work with your children and look forward to seeing everyone in class!
Traci Thayne Corbett
Director / Painting Instructor
Traci has studied drawing and painting throughout her life. At age eight, she was taking lessons from a local portrait artist and later moved on to a BFA in Graphic Design from Clark University. Traci has continued her fine art work and education consistently, notably studying with Mark Hayden, Dominic DiStefano and David Greene among others. For Traci, teaching opened up a whole new world of inspiration and an amazing perspective on what art brings to one's life.
Born in Ecuador, South America, Ruth has followed many paths. While listening to her heart and working persistently towards her goals, she continues to explore creativity in the hopes that she can share her passion with others. She concentrates on functional ceramics and works instinctually on these simple yet elegant vessels. After graduating with a BA in Photography, Ruth taught elementary and middle school art. Currently she works at her home studio in Gloucester, has been a member of the Rocky Neck Gallery since 2011 and sells work at various stores in the North Shore area.
Andrew Manning is an visual artist who is fascinated by creating odd juxtapositions of things within a space. His paintings of animals wandering in cities create a tension between subject and context that stems from his background of growing up in Jordan. He currently lives and works in Gloucester, MA, where he has shown at multiple venues including the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, Charles Fine Arts Gallery, and Falcon's Nest Gallery at The Hive Center. He earned his BA in painting from Gordon College and was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to attend New York Academy of Art's Undergraduate Residency Program.
He has taught elementary and middle-school at Art Haven and is now helping to head up the revival of the Teen Artist Guild at The Hive which connects creative youth to entrepreneurial projects in the community. You can find more of his work at: www.andrewmanningartist.com.