About Our Studio and Instructors
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.
Look at our space and and learn about our Instructors
Teresa Davis, Director, has worked for more than thirty years with children from preschool to high school, supporting creativity through both visual and theater arts. She has several years’ experience as an elementary classroom teacher and an art instructor. Teresa was also a preschool director and teacher 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.
Sue Mowrer Adamson loves working with children and making art, so she combined the two and has made a long running career out of it. Sue graduated with a degree in Art from St. Lawrence University and went on to pursue a Master's in Art Education from St. Michael's College. When she is not creating her own cartoons and mixed media block prints for her Etsy shop and shows around Vermont, she is home with her family wreaking happy chaos. Sue is thrilled and honored to be part of Davis Studios!
Kaitlyn Barr is a native Vermonter, and she graduated from the University of Vermont with her B.A. in Studio Art. After graduation, she worked through an intensive program in Art Education for grades K-12. She caught the travel bug and has been exploring the world for the past few years, but has found her way back to Davis Studio. Kaitlyn is thrilled for her return, and can't wait to continue with her passion for art and teaching.
Nicole Christman is a versatile artist, practicing everything from painting, illustration, and graphic design, to pottery, papermaking, and book arts. She received a BA in visual art from Goddard College and more recently earned her PreK-12 Vermont Art Teaching License through the Teacher Apprenticeship Program at Champlain College. She has served as art director for a theater camp and has volunteered her time to many art-related events for students. Nicole creates and displays her work at Green Door Studio, just around the corner from Davis Studio! She loves working with children and helping them grow as creative thinkers.
Renée Compagna, Employee Experience Manager/Art Instructor A native Vermonter, Renée received her BA in History from Johnson State College. For the last 15 years, as coordinator of family programs at Shelburne Museum, she has focused her talents on event planning, art making and working with children & families. Through event planning and program management, Renée successfully executed over 125 events, serving audiences ranging in size from 20 to over 4,000. In her work with children and families, Renée conceived and developed over 180 different art making activities, serving 20,000+ individuals. 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 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.
Krista Connolly 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 currently resides in Essex Town and is in her fourth year teaching Art at the secondary level at Harwood Union High School. She is also working towards her Masters of Education with a concentration in the Arts at St. Michaels College. 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.
Jonathan Davis, 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.
Hollie Foley knew from the moment she entered the University of Vermont's School of Education that she would spend the rest of her life teaching children in and outside of the traditional classroom. After graduating from UVM, Hollie moved to Boston where she taught pre-school and first grade in a public school system. While in Boston she earned her Master's of Education in Creative Arts and Learning from Lesley University. Hollie moved back to Burlington in 2004 to raise her family. After 11 years of many art projects and other learning activities for her own three children, she is excited to back in the classroom surrounded by enthusiastic children who share her passion for arts and learning.
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 is currently studying Psychology 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.
Lydia Littwin, Studio Manager. 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!
Alane McNamara, Office Manager. After 20 years of helping people improve their vision, Alane has found something worth focusing on. An adventure to feed the creative soul brought Alane to a Fused Glass class at Davis Studio. The environment and creative energy made her stick around. Watching each student be celebrated and given the power to unwrap the creative gifts they have within has renewed her love of learning and passion for creating.
The most common thread in Claire Mahoney’s adult life is teaching children. Whether in an elementary classroom (she has her M.Ed in Elementary Education), outdoors with a pack on her back, or creating and exploring with her own 2 daughters, Claire’s life journey has always had a strong tie to education. Fostering a love of learning has been the driving inspiration for Claire’s teaching philosophy. She believes this love is created through art, self expression, independence, and encouraging children to think outside of the box. Claire loves helping facilitate this process and connecting with students as they make the magic happen! The Mahoneys are happy to call Richmond home and when not covered in paint and glue inside you can find them enjoying the outside or dreaming about the next stamp in their passports.
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.
Olimpia Piccoli has been fascinated with all forms of creative expression from and early age. Born and raised in New York City, she studied theater, photography and filmmaking in high school and found that the line between art and life is a place of infinite play and experimentation. Before entering college, she became a yoga teacher, where, much like the blank page or canvas, we can explore and experiment with different ways of being, creating and moving our lives forward much like a piece of art. It was from this place of self-exploration that she began studying and working with more traditional mediums such as ceramics, watercolor, oil and acrylic painting. Her dream is to guide others toward self-inquiry and wellbeing through the art-making process.
Abby Still studied Interior Architecture at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, CA and Studio Art at the University of Vermont. With a love and passion for 3 dimensional forms, her work now is in sculpture and functional ceramics. Abby began teaching art 6 years ago to preschool and elementary aged children and finds their open window of creative thinking to be inspiring and a delight to nourish. Abby currently lives in Burlington with her two children and is pursuing a Masters degree in Art Education.
Tiffany Tillman received a BA in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University in 1998 and has been working with children of all ages in a variety of settings ever since. After running after school programs and summer camps, Tiffany delved into environmental education and wilderness therapy, traveling from PA to NH and UT to develop and implement environmental and wilderness programs. Shortly after moving to VT in 2001, Tiffany worked for 10 years with preschoolers through adults as Shelburne Farms’ Sustainable Schools Project as an Educator, Curriculum Developer and Healthy Neighborhoods & Healthy Kids Project Coordinator. She also helped launch the Education for Sustainability Preschool Curriculum guide. In addition to working at Davis Studio Preschool, Tiffany is currently the Youth Ministry Coordinator for the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington. She loves working with children of all ages and meeting each of them where they are on their journey. Getting messy, outside, creative and fired up about most anything with children is what drives the learning environments she creates. Oh, and she absolutely loves to read with kids.
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.
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