Sarah has been teaching elementary art for 11 years and currently teaches in the Washington School District. She earned her undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and has a Master of Mental Health Practices in Schools from University of Missouri Columbia. Sarah enjoys all types of art forms and teaches private and group lessons, as well as directs art parties for both kids and adults. Sarah and her husband Brendan Bayless, a glass artist, live in Marthasville with their two young children.
"I am an artist and an art teacher at Lafayette High School in the Rockwood School District. Art is my life long passion. I love to look at it; I love to create it and to teach it. I have been working with 2D and 3D design over 20 years and love to explore different ways of visual expression and experiment with various art media."
As an artist, I am inspired by mankind’s connection to documenting the past and present. While attending the Kansas City Art Institute, I was selected for the KCAI artist exchange program through the University of Brighton UK.The visiting artists program gave me the opportunity to visually document my family’s ancestry throughout Eastern and Western Europe. During my graduate studies at The University of Pennsylvania, I developed and taught an undergraduate drawing class that incorporated rhythmic music and drawing. I currently teach 2D design for Lindenwood University, 2D & 3D design for St.Louis Community College Wildwood campus, 2D design/Art Appreciation for St.Charles Community College and instruct multiple classes for Laumeier Sculpture Park’s Summer Art Camp.
Debbie Dirckx-Norris is a veteran of 32 years teaching art, having begun her career at the St. Louis Art Museum, and finished with Rockwood School District. Debbie believes that the mastery of skills can help artists express their ideas and visions, and enjoys sharing the creative process. She strives to create an environment of high expectations and low risk so that all students feel confident in their artistic endeavors.
Chris Donaldson, educator and education consultant, thrives on empowering learners of all ages and promoting STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). He has ten years of industry experience in developing training and has been teaching in public schools since 2007. Donaldson currently teaches Engineering and Industrial Technology in the Parkway School District in St. Louis, MO. Donaldson holds a B.A. in Education from Murray State University, and he is earning a M.Ed. in Science Education with a NASA Endeavor STEM Certificate through Northeastern State University. More than anything, Donaldson enjoys fostering creativity and innovation and growing learners’ design and problem solving skills.
Chelsea Amber Hensley is a 2015 graduate of Arkansas Tech University where she earned a Bachelors of Arts in Fine Arts and focused in ceramics. Hensley moved to St. Louis after graduation and has started teaching all over St. Louis county. Amber enjoys making functional pieces for the home and the kitchen that employs subtle colors with loud patterns. As a private art teacher, Hensley hopes to share everything she knows and loves about ceramics while learning as much as she can along the way.
Holly graduated from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, earning a bachelor’s degree in studio art with certification to teach K-12 art. Her experiences include working in a preschool, teaching Sunday School, and being a volunteer artist for 2nd Thursdays at the Foundry Arts Center in St. Charles, as well as teaching at Art Unleashed. Holly enjoys creating art using a variety of media, but is particularly drawn to watercolor. She currently teaches art to middle school students in the Francis Howell School District.
Michael Martinez, MA PLPC
Michael Martinez lives and works in St Louis as a crisis intervention counselor at Behavioral Health Response. He earned a Bachelors of Art in Studio Arts from Baylor University and obtained his Masters of Art in Art Therapy Counseling from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. As an artist, Michael utilizes the art process as an outlet to handle stressors within his life. Michael believes that art helps him understand certain aspects of himself that he might not have known existed. It is this idea of self-exploration that can often lead a person to be insightful… that gives you a sense of relief and overall better mental health.
Currently, I am enrolled in the Masters of Arts in Teaching program with Art Certification (PK-12TH) at Fontbonne University. I received my Bachelors degree in Studio Art and Psychology from Murray State University. I enjoy working with a variety of mediums, but I am particularly interested in drawing, watercolors, and ceramics. I was fortunate to study abroad in Florence, Italy, which deepened my understanding of different cultures and enriched my studies in art. My psychology background has helped me immensely in regards to understanding people’s cognitive process and developmental stages as I instruct. Art has always been a strong passion of mine. I believe that art can give others the freedom of expression to unleash their own creativity and potential.
Jackie graduated from Webster University in spring 2015, earning her degree in art education with certification to teach art K-12. After graduating, Jackie has worked at several local high school teaching art, and is now teaching Family and Consumer Science. Jackie enjoys many different creative outlets and is an avid seamstress, gardener, and artist. She is also a proud cat lady.
Megan loves all things creative and enjoys being artistic at home and teaching others to unlock their own unique talents. She earned her special education and regular education degree from University of St. Francis near Chicago, IL and throughout her schooling always kept up her passion for the arts by taking a variety of classes on the side. Megan taught art and reading at Churchill Center & School for Learning Disabilities, a private school in Town & Country, for 11 years and is now taking some time off to spend time with her 4 year old son exploring the fun things the St. Louis area has to offer! Teaching art to students ranging from 1st through 10th grade with a variety of abilities allowed her to learn many different mediums and become a "jack of all trades". She believes kids and adults of all ages and abilities have art talent and can be guided to express themselves creatively. She never allows anyone to say "I can't" when it comes to art! Megan lives with her husband (a graphic designer and entrepreneur), her 4 year old son, and pug in St. Charles, MO. She currently dabbles in graphic design and runs an etsy shop featuring her designs on shirts and gifts for all ages. She is also an essential oil addict and educator through Young Living Essential Oils.
"In order to feel complete, to feel alive, and to be genuinely me, I have found that I must create. I originally became involved in ceramics because the class was a requirement for an Interior Design degree that I was pursuing at age 39 after my kids were raised. It didn’t take me long working with a variety of clay, glazes, and firing techniques before I knew I was addicted to the world of ceramics. Working with clay allows me to tap into the organic, natural part of our world, giving it form, color, and texture. Through the unity of these elements, my creations can speak a language all their own."
Tiffany is a 12-year veteran of art education, having taught elementary and specializing in middle school. She's a firm believer that while art-making may come easier to some than others, the basics of drawing, painting and sculpting are all learned skills. It is a great privilege to help students gain confidence through discovery and development of their talents. Originally from Maine, Scraper is a graduate of Hofstra University (NY) who planted roots in St. Louis in 1998. She is an adoring wife, proud mama of two, and an avid sports fan.
Paula has been an elementary art teacher in the Parkway School District for nearly twenty years. She has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Now retired, she has joined Art Unleashed to teach classes and workshops to both children and adults. Paula strives to understand the individual learning styles, cultural distinctiveness, and developmental progress of all her students. “My goal is to help people of all ages realize the great importance of keeping aesthetic experiences in their lives and that anyone, of any age, can create wonderful art work!”
Linda has been teaching art lessons for over 35 years, in all media. From St. Charles to St. Louis, she has been doing demonstrations and giving art talks. With numerous awards and accolades for her work in pastel, acrylic and watercolor, Linda’s work is shown in both private and corporate locations throughout the U.S. and also in Europe. Linda is a signature member of the Missouri Watercolor Society and the St. Louis Watercolor Society, and a member of Art St. Louis and the St. Charles County Arts Council.
"Working with clay gives me opportunity to show my appreciation of the natural world. Nature's ability to manipulate its way through fabricated obstacles, to adapt to environmental changes, to transform into new species, to combine and become one with its surroundings, is inspiring. I am motivated to create works that honor the perseverance of life. My pieces are either thrown and altered or completely hand-built. By adding, subtracting, carving and altering, I am able to animate my imagination."
Lauren earned her bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Southeast Missouri State University with certification to teach grades K-12. Lauren is a mixed media artist and painter who enjoys experimenting with design, color, and fabric. Art for Lauren has become a visual journal and a process of self-reflection. The result is an unintentional body of work, created almost by accident. Because Lauren’s intentions are never set in stone, people’s perception of her work is not either. In the fall Lauren will begin her first year as a full-time art teacher in the St. Louis Public School District. Lauren is elated about the opportunity to share her love for art with her students.