meet our instructors

"The Teaching Artist is an educator who integrates the creative process into the classroom and the community." – The Association of Teaching Artists

  Betty Borza   Teaching for 12 years, Betty is currently an art teacher at  Monart for K-12. She is trained and certified in the Monart method. This uniquely designed methodology teaches visual perception and realistic drawing skills on a level never before seen with young children and adults. Betty is also part owner of Art & About, which holds painting classes for small group get-togethers.

Betty Borza

Teaching for 12 years, Betty is currently an art teacher at  Monart for K-12. She is trained and certified in the Monart method. This uniquely designed methodology teaches visual perception and realistic drawing skills on a level never before seen with young children and adults. Betty is also part owner of Art & About, which holds painting classes for small group get-togethers.

  Erin Crnkovich   Erin Crnkovich is a freshman at Eastern Michigan University pursuing a major in graphic design and a minor in theater. She has designed logos and promotional materials for the Wyandotte Marching Chiefs, Roosevelt Drama, Christ the King Youth Group, and more. She is also the creator, author, and illustrator of a webcomic loosely based on her experiences in marching band called  Superline.  Erin has attended many of the DCA’s summer youth camps in the past and is excited for the opportunity to teach some herself.

Erin Crnkovich

Erin Crnkovich is a freshman at Eastern Michigan University pursuing a major in graphic design and a minor in theater. She has designed logos and promotional materials for the Wyandotte Marching Chiefs, Roosevelt Drama, Christ the King Youth Group, and more. She is also the creator, author, and illustrator of a webcomic loosely based on her experiences in marching band called Superline. Erin has attended many of the DCA’s summer youth camps in the past and is excited for the opportunity to teach some herself.

  Nancy Knapp   Browsing through the books at Dalton Books years ago I saw a book on pastels.  The cover showed pastel sticks in a rainbow of gorgeous colors and immediately I wanted to learn how to use them.  I signed up for a class at a local art supply store and haven’t stopped working in this medium since.  That was over twenty years ago!  Today I paint landscapes, especially scenes of Northern Michigan, an area that I find very inspiring.  I love the way pastels can be either a drawing or painting medium, and the colors are addicting. It is easy to correct mistakes in pastel and there is no cleanup of brushes or drying of wet canvases, and no solvents.   My goal is to capture the light and shadow of a scene, using vibrant color.  I want the viewer to experience a little of the wonder of nature.   And I still have that first book from Dalton’s!  I have taken fine art classes at Henry Ford Community College, Wayne County Community College, Wayne State University and  Eastern Michigan University.   I enjoy painting workshops and have studied with the late Jerry Powers, Edee Jopich, Mary Fuscaldo, Jim Markle and Marla Baggetta.  I am very involved in the Downriver art community and am honored to be the Vice-President of the Downriver Arts and Crafts Guild.  My work is shown at the Lawrence Street Gallery in Ferndale and Abundant Living Gallery in Wyandotte.  My website is  NancyKnapp.weebly.com . 

Nancy Knapp

Browsing through the books at Dalton Books years ago I saw a book on pastels.  The cover showed pastel sticks in a rainbow of gorgeous colors and immediately I wanted to learn how to use them.  I signed up for a class at a local art supply store and haven’t stopped working in this medium since.  That was over twenty years ago!  Today I paint landscapes, especially scenes of Northern Michigan, an area that I find very inspiring.  I love the way pastels can be either a drawing or painting medium, and the colors are addicting. It is easy to correct mistakes in pastel and there is no cleanup of brushes or drying of wet canvases, and no solvents.   My goal is to capture the light and shadow of a scene, using vibrant color.  I want the viewer to experience a little of the wonder of nature.   And I still have that first book from Dalton’s!

I have taken fine art classes at Henry Ford Community College, Wayne County Community College, Wayne State University and  Eastern Michigan University.   I enjoy painting workshops and have studied with the late Jerry Powers, Edee Jopich, Mary Fuscaldo, Jim Markle and Marla Baggetta.  I am very involved in the Downriver art community and am honored to be the Vice-President of the Downriver Arts and Crafts Guild.  My work is shown at the Lawrence Street Gallery in Ferndale and Abundant Living Gallery in Wyandotte.  My website is NancyKnapp.weebly.com

  Ashley Meunchen   Ashley Meunchen is a College for Creative Studies Alumni who specializes in fine arts, fibers, and art education. When she is not making art, she is at home, doing puzzles, reading, playing hockey, or spending time with her many reptiles. 

Ashley Meunchen

Ashley Meunchen is a College for Creative Studies Alumni who specializes in fine arts, fibers, and art education. When she is not making art, she is at home, doing puzzles, reading, playing hockey, or spending time with her many reptiles. 

  Adrienne Trupiano   A Wyandotte native, Adrienne Trupiano, earned her degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design. From September to June, you can find Adrienne teaching advertising and animation at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Throughout the summer, or during her free time, Adrienne strives to bring more art to the downriver area by teaching children's art classes at the DCA. 

Adrienne Trupiano

A Wyandotte native, Adrienne Trupiano, earned her degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design. From September to June, you can find Adrienne teaching advertising and animation at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Throughout the summer, or during her free time, Adrienne strives to bring more art to the downriver area by teaching children's art classes at the DCA. 

  Chelsea True   Chelsea

Chelsea True

Chelsea

  Sara Wilkins   Sara, a born and raised Michigan artist with a colorful imagination and an avid DIYer, works full time for a local nonprofit organization. An environmentally conscious artist, she upcycles, repurposes and finds new ways to reduce, reuse & recycle in her work! She is a self taught artist in many aspects. Her hobbies include: sewing, macrame, tye dye, collage & mixed media, jewelry crafts & craft shows. She teaches workshops at the DCA for all ages and skill levels, and recently organized her first successful Urban Gypsy Funk Fair in April of 2018 at the DCA. She has 2 pet bunnies & loves to dance & sing! See  what she does here .

Sara Wilkins

Sara, a born and raised Michigan artist with a colorful imagination and an avid DIYer, works full time for a local nonprofit organization. An environmentally conscious artist, she upcycles, repurposes and finds new ways to reduce, reuse & recycle in her work! She is a self taught artist in many aspects. Her hobbies include: sewing, macrame, tye dye, collage & mixed media, jewelry crafts & craft shows. She teaches workshops at the DCA for all ages and skill levels, and recently organized her first successful Urban Gypsy Funk Fair in April of 2018 at the DCA. She has 2 pet bunnies & loves to dance & sing! See what she does here.

  Brittany Wiltsie   A mother of two, cat lady, and self proclaimed hippy; Brittany Wiltsie is a Michigan based artist. With the help of her partner she has created Ferox Liberum, a business centered around their 3D prints and her paintings.   "Almost all of my art is nature based, on occasion focusing on the human form and raw emotion. There is something so pure in the vulnerability of nature and even at times humans when stripped of anything materialistic. I want to make you feel something with my art".  What does Ferox Liberum even mean? Translated from Latin it means; wild and free or the free spirited. Both of which adequately describe Brittany and her art. See her work here:  www.feroxliberum.com

Brittany Wiltsie

A mother of two, cat lady, and self proclaimed hippy; Brittany Wiltsie is a Michigan based artist. With the help of her partner she has created Ferox Liberum, a business centered around their 3D prints and her paintings. 

"Almost all of my art is nature based, on occasion focusing on the human form and raw emotion. There is something so pure in the vulnerability of nature and even at times humans when stripped of anything materialistic. I want to make you feel something with my art".

What does Ferox Liberum even mean? Translated from Latin it means; wild and free or the free spirited. Both of which adequately describe Brittany and her art. See her work here: www.feroxliberum.com

  Cheryl Zemke   Cheryl Zemke is the creator and Senior Editor for Dedicated Magazine. Graduated fro LTU B.S.B.A, Valedictorian from I.A.D.T. Tampa, FL. with an Associate in Merchandising, and has had an extensive career in various creative fields. Zemke is a Multi Award winning established fashion designer and owner of C. Creations Custom Sewing & Design since 2002. Her garment label,  C3  by Cheryl Zemke, reflects her unique, one-of-a-kind designs, popular in fashion runway, artesian shows, and select boutiques. Besides hosting her own fashion shows for the past six years, she has been a featured designer at Fashion in Detroit, Walk, Michigan Fashion Week, Michigan International Women’s expo, and many other shows in the surrounding area. Zemke has been a teacher for the DCA for the past three years and enjoys bringing both fashion, sewing and the arts to a new generation of artisans.  www.cherylzemke.com

Cheryl Zemke

Cheryl Zemke is the creator and Senior Editor for Dedicated Magazine. Graduated fro LTU B.S.B.A, Valedictorian from I.A.D.T. Tampa, FL. with an Associate in Merchandising, and has had an extensive career in various creative fields. Zemke is a Multi Award winning established fashion designer and owner of C. Creations Custom Sewing & Design since 2002. Her garment label, C3 by Cheryl Zemke, reflects her unique, one-of-a-kind designs, popular in fashion runway, artesian shows, and select boutiques. Besides hosting her own fashion shows for the past six years, she has been a featured designer at Fashion in Detroit, Walk, Michigan Fashion Week, Michigan International Women’s expo, and many other shows in the surrounding area. Zemke has been a teacher for the DCA for the past three years and enjoys bringing both fashion, sewing and the arts to a new generation of artisans. www.cherylzemke.com