INSTRUCTORS

“Creating personal expression through technical excellence”

We seek to train professional artists to take pride in their work. We want our students to take their new-found knowledge and apply it to their future projects. There are no short cuts to the hard work required to be an artist. We provide an environment that fosters student’s individual strengths and encourages personal artistic interpretation.


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Kat Block graduated Summa Cum Laude from college with a degree in English Literature/Creative Writing. While deciding upon a graduate school program, she attended the Visual Art Center of New Jersey. Within one year, she was selling her artwork, and never looked back. In addition to creating and teaching art, Kat is the published illustrator of a childrens book, and has designed posters for the Union County Jazzfests.

 

Peter Caras studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the Art Students League of New York and was instructed by Frank Reilley, James Bama and Norman Rockwell. He is the creator of over 1,700 book and magazine covers

 

Michael Donato graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1974 with a B.F.A. degree and has been working as a professional artist/illustrator since then. His illustrations have appeared in both editorial and children's markets with commissioned paintings appearing in galleries and private collections. His illustrated children's video, "Squanto and the First Thanksgiving", for Rabbit Ears Productions, Inc., appeared on Showtime the TV cable network. He have been teaching drawing, advanced painting, and illustration for the past 29 years

 

Frank Falotico has a B.A. from Monmouth University and is a graduate of the duCret School of Art. He also studied at the Art Students League, N.Y. under famed anatomist, Robert Beverly Hale. Professional experience includes work in animation with both Adventure Cartoons for T.V. and Paramount Studios, N.Y. and design and illustration for the Point-of-Purchase publication display field. He has exhibited in numerous shows in New Jersey and New York.

 

Nanci France-Vaz is Modern Romantic Realist that fuses classical and contemporary realism. The artist’s cinematic style incorporates her acting/dance background into her narrative paintings, which evoke human presence. Her awards include the Len G. Everett Memorial Award, International ARC Salon 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017 portrait/figurative finalist, Colonel George J. Morales Award, the John Collins Memorial Award, and 3rd place for Portrait Society of America Members Showcase Exhibition. Ms France-Vaz painting of Lloyd Price was accepted into the permanent collection of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her paintings hang in private collections.

 

Simon B. Keller, native German and son of renowned ceramic artists Dorothea Chabert and Volker Ellwanger, grew up in the castle of Wolfsburg. Early on as a child he was immersed in its eclectic artist community. After high school he followed an invitation to Japan, studying functional and fine pottery for six years with artist Daiguji Michiko and Tappo in Mashiko. Simon teaches authentic Japanese techniques, takumi (“the art of making”) and has developed experimental ceramic art workshops. Most recently Clay Dance, an evolving performance art project in collaboration with New Jersey based Mgalleries (www.mgalleries.org). Simon is member of Frontline Arts (www.frontlinearts.org) where his work was showcased in 2018.

 

Phil Laskowski teaches graphic design thorough knowledge of the various aspects involved in the conception, design, production and management of print, video, multimedia and interactive promotions. He has done design work for Dow Jones, Business Information Services, Merrill Lynch, MetLife, Rapp Advertising, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Frank May is an artist and curator of M Galleries. Three philosophers that have influenced his work include Jean Baudrillard, Marshall McLuhan, and Slavoj Zizek. All three thinkers share an interest in how one understands and interacts with media. They all have taught him to be careful in choosing media for a work.

Christine Myshka attended Parsons School of Design, where she earned a BFA in Illustration. She continued her studies at Parsons Paris, duCret School of Art and Grand Rapids Community College program in Greece. Christine has been freelancing as a professional artist since 1982. In carving out a career in the visual arts Christine has done illustration, architectural portraits, fine art and murals. Some of her clients have included Davis Publishing Inc. Ideal Graphics Inc, The Home News & Tribune, Suburban Golf Club, and EJs Bar and Grille as well as numerous commissions for private clients.

Lauren Rabinowitz received her BFA from Parsons School of Design and MA from Syracuse University. She has been working professionally as a designer and illustrator for over 25 years, specializing in web design and digital media. A graphic arts educator, Lauren has lectured, taught classes, given workshops, presentations and seminars for illustrators, cartoonists, animators and designers at various universities and institutions of higher education, with a focus on the business of being creative. She has been an active member of the Graphic Artists Guild since 1991.

Kevin Sadler graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in Illustration. He has done design and prep of commercial print pieces including posters, pocket folders, mailers, invitations, books for clients like Seton Hall University, Drew University, O.Berk Company, Boy Scouts of America, and Village Supermarkets.