Davis Studio was founded in 2003 by director, Teresa Davis. We are committed to creating an atmosphere that fosters the imagination and nurtures creativity. Each student is respected as an artist with his or her own unique style and unlimited potential.
A wide range of classes and camps are offered for students to explore artistic possibilities. We offer a selection of after school and Saturday classes throughout the school year. Additionally, classes are held during weekdays for adults, homeschooled students and preschool families. Camps take place during the summer as well as during school vacations, including Thanksgiving and Christmas vacation and February and April school breaks.
Learn about our Instructors
Davis Studio Executive Director
Teresa has worked for over thirty years with children from preschool to high school, supporting creativity through both visual and theater arts. She has several years of experience as an elementary classroom teacher and an art instructor. Prior to opening Davis Studio, Teresa taught second and third grade in Pasadena, California. She was also a preschool teacher and director in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has traveled extensively and spent a year teaching children in Amman, Jordan. Teresa founded Davis Studio in 2003 and loves being surrounded with the energy and creativity of all of our amazing students.
Tom Baginski is a Chef, 3D Artist, acrylic painter and freelance graphic designer. After working as an Art Director in advertising for over 15 years he realized that his true passion was working with students to create art. He has worked with all types of artistic mediums. His projects have included large wall murals, garments for fashion shows made from recycled material and large scale parade floats. Tom has a BA in Graphic Design and his K-12 Vermont Art Teaching Licensure via graduate studies at Saint Michael’s College. He currently lives in Charlotte with his artistic wife and two very creative daughters.
Zoe Bishop received her B.F.A. in Studio Arts from Northern Vermont University-Johnson where she focused on Painting and Sculpture. She has shown locally both on her own and with the Howard Center Arts Collective. She finds great joy and satisfaction in anything creative whether it be cooking, dancing, or painting. She comes to the Davis studio with many years of experience in the Hospitality, Medical, and Human Services fields, and is excited to be surrounded by fellow artists both young and not so young. She currently works out of her home studio where her sole mission is to leave beautiful things behind.
Communications Manager/Art Instructor
Renée Compagna, Communications Manager/Art Instructor, a native Vermonter, Renée received her BA in History from Northern Vermont University-Johnson. As a life-long lover of museums and the arts, Renée has spent nearly two decades as an educator; with a focus on art-making and program development for youth and families. Renée believes that the arts and PLAY are essential to all and loves sharing those ideas with others. In addition to her love of art, Renée is an accomplished photographer and loves travel, organizing, technology and experiencing her next adventure. She knows a little bit about a lot of different things which is why you will see her tackling a variety of tasks at Davis Studio.
Instructor and Chef extraordinaire
Always curious and enthusiastic, Jonathan brings energy and excitement to each new learning adventure. Creativity runs deep in his family and Jonathan has found distinction in the kitchen. His Artsy Chef approach to food brings new interest to food, preparation and display. He has gained new perspective on buying local and making amazing in his 4 1/2 years in Maribelle’s kitchen in Burlington. Jonathan’s interest in fostering learning has brought him to Davis Studio to share his skills as an Instructor and the Starving Artist Café as Chef.
Amanda DeCarlo grew up in Long Island, New York and came to Vermont to attend UVM in 2005. She has a bachelors degree in art education and have been teaching art in a class room ever since. Amanda really enjoy teaching kids how to express themselves through their art work. She also love watching kids grow and take pride in what they can achieve through art. Her specialties are painting, photography, and pottery, but truthfully I enjoy anything creative. She is currently teaching high school art and has a strong background in theatre. Amanda is so excited to spread her love and passion for creativity with everyone!
Martina Kerkering is an avid painter and a lover of arts and crafts who has dreamed of becoming a kindergarten teacher since she was 6 years old. She has a degree inPsychology through Fern Universität in Hagen, Germany, and has been working with children and adolescents for the past 15 years. She is delighted to be able to combine her passions by bringing the joy of painting and all sorts of art projects to children of all ages.
Jen Labie earned a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Vermont. Having studied pottery, batik and majolica painting in Florence, Italy, she continues to be inspired by Mediterranean designs. Currently Jen runs Leaning Tree studio in Ferrisburgh and also teaches batik and pottery. Her work consists of functional, elegant tableware, signature wedding platters, as well as custom painted tiles. You can view her portfolio online at www.leaningtreepottery.com.
Cheryl Lalancette has enjoyed participating in a wide variety of art projects throughout the years with her own four children as well as with the first through fourth graders at Williston Central School. She has been sewing since high school and previously owned Ellington Cody Ltd, making bedding, baby baskets and custom nurseries. Cheryl brings her sewing expertise and her creative crafting to Davis Studio for camps and classes throughout the year.
As a Burlington resident, Lydia has shown and sold work in several local locations as well as in multiple Art Hops. She works mainly with oil paint, but is prone to playing with block-printing, pencil drawing, mixed media, and dabbling in a variety of other materials. Lydia’s understanding of life and art is rooted in an undergraduate degree in Social Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Art Education. She has worked with children preschool to high school as well as adults, and feels passionately that people of all ages deserve consistent opportunities for creative self-expression. She is thankful for the experience of working at the Davis Studio, where she can be an artist by nature and young at heart!
Alyssa Oxley has been working in kiln formed glass for almost 10 years. She has a B.S. in studio art from Skidmore College. She has also worked at Kremer Glass Studio, Corning Museum of Glass Studio, and the Pilchuck glass school. Located in Vergennes, Alyssa is continuing her own work in glass, focusing on snow and ice formations. She encourages others to join her in her habit-forming fascination with glass. Her work was featured in the April/May 2008 issue of Glass Craftsman magazine.
Krista Verriotto was born and raised in Vermont. She received both a BFA in Painting/2D studies and a license to teach Art grades K-12 from the Art Education Post-Bac program from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She also has her M. Ed. from St. Michael’s College with a concentration in the Arts. She currently resides in Essex Town and has been teaching Art at the secondary level since 2011. She currently teaches at Harwood Union High School in Moretown, Vermont. She loves drawing and painting portraits and experimenting with all different types of media. Krista loves teaching and witnessing the successes of visual learning and problem solving through the arts.
Micaela Wallace began her “glass journey” working with stained glass over fifteen years ago. Her love of glass inspired her to explore fused glass as well, which she has been enthusiastically doing now for the past six years. She has taken a number of advanced fused glass classes from a variety of places including the Studio at Corning Glass in Corning, NY. In the Spring of 2011, Micaela’s fused glass work was juried into the Vermont Handcrafters’ Association. Her work includes fused glass plates, platters, bowls, candle lights, sterling wire wrapped jewelry and stained glass sun catchers. Micaela loves working with students of all ages and she is very excited about sharing her passion for glass.
Kristen M. Watson
Several years ago Kristen M. Watson transitioned from a 15-year career as a medical professional to pursue her love of art and education. A UVM honors graduate (BA’07 Studio Art & Psychology), Kristen holds a PreK-12 Vermont Art Educator License (St. Michael’s College). She was also recently chosen for the Vermont Arts Council’s teaching artist roster. As a teaching artist, Kristen splits her time between her home studio and the classroom. Currently her work is focused on mixed media painting, analog photography, functional ceramics, book arts, and small scale assemblage, but you can find her experimenting with and exploring just about any kind of art. She exhibits and sells her work locally and regionally in both group and solo shows, and has been selected for several juried exhibits. Find Kristen’s art at www.kristenmwatson.com
Lynn Cummings is a media artist living in S. Burlington. She and her family enjoy traveling, and many of her paintings are based on subjects and impressions from their travels throughout the US and abroad. Lynn has a master’s degree in education from the University of Vermont and has been teaching painting workshops and classes since the early 2000’s. She is a signature member of the Vermont Watercolor Society (former board member), member of Northern Vermont Artists’ Association (former board member), Helen Day Art Center, and River Arts (Chestertown, MD). She has been selected twice to participate in Basin Harbor Club’s prestigious “Reflections” program for Vermont artists.
Michael Strauss was an adjunct Professor of Art at the University of Vermont for several years in the early 2000s, teaching drawing for the Honors College and for the College of Arts and Sciences. Strauss has been drawing and painting all his life. You can learn more about his art, books and classes by visiting his website at mjstrauss.com He now paints full time at his studio in South Burlington, Vermont. In his beginning collaborative drawing/painting classes for beginners, and those with a little experience (i.e., Drawing for the Terrified) students learn how to use graphite, charcoal, ink, and watercolor, as well as how to create the illusion of light and depth in a drawing or painting. They also learn the basics of composition, explore eye-hand coordination, how remembered images affect the creation of drawings and paintings, as well as how self judgement can impede the creative process. Strauss’s classes are always a fun, pleasant, shared experience with lots of feedback from the instructor. Age ranges in many classes are from 13 to 80.
916 Shelburne Road
South Burlington, VT 05403