Artist / Camp Instructor Bios
Tracey DeLellis: Tracey is a local artist, from Doylestown, PA, specializing in ceramics and jewelry making. She brings her love of travel to the classroom through multicultural art projects. She has a B.F.A. from Arcadia University, a teaching certification from Cleveland State University and is currently working on a M.F.A. Her artistic interests include clay slab construction and throwing pottery on the wheel. She has extensive teaching experience and enthusiasm for bringing art into the lives of students of all ages and abilities.
Tara Bane: Tara is a registered Art Therapist who has been a mental health practitioner for over 20 years working with children and families coping with various mental health issues. Through her education and the many years as an Art Therapist, Tara has a great understanding for childhood development. As an artist over the last 25 years she has developed a strong working knowledge of a variety of art materials, including paints, and collage mediums. She has been able to combine her knowledge of the medium with her education in Art Therapy along with a mindfullness practice with the children she works with. She utilizes a holistic approach to help children gain confidence, learn healthy outlets for emotions, and improve socialization skills.
Bonnie Pelberg: Bonnie learned the art of making wire-crocheted jewelry after being the stay at home mom to 3 boys. She has turned this skill into a business, Wired by Design, in which she designs and creates jewelry, wind chimes, keyrings, and beaded scarves. Her work is currently in several stores in the Tri-state area. She also currently teaches beaded jewelry, windchime and re-purposing jewelry classes in the area.
Laura Violante: Laura graduated from Arcadia University with a BFA, and then completed graduate courses in art education. Her courses included drawing, printmaking, painting, and graphic design. In addition, she enjoyed teaching art for seven years in New Hope, PA and in Trenton, NJ. She is a certified as a Teacher of Art K-12 in Pennsylvania and in New Jersey. As a professional who enjoys creating artwork, she shares my growing knowledge with her students, while encouraging them in their own artistic endeavors. Art is important because it helps one to express emotions and build self- confidence through each new skill learned and each project completed satisfactorily. In addition to drawing and painting, she enjoys reading, shopping, and walking in her spare time.
Jennifer Miller Manzi – Ceramics: Jennifer is the owner and head instructor of Earth Center Pottery and a juried member of the PA Guild of Craftsmen. She specializes in functional and decorative clayware. Jennifer and her talented and experienced instructors teach the techniques, tips and trends of this fun and ancient craft. Everything from handbuilt to wheel thrown, wedging to glazing is covered.
Jan Wyatt: Jan is an experienced artist and art educator. She has provided a variety of fine arts teaching in schools and colleges, in community art centers and in museums. Her museum educator work includes workshops and classes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Michener Art Museum. Audiences for Jan’s fine arts workshops and classes include children, adults, family groups, and senior adults. In addition to her work as a fine arts instructor, Jan brought fine and applied creative arts to an adult and senior adult treatment program. Jan was able to promote similar therapeutic creative arts while she directed a Doylestown healthcare day treatment program. As an artist, Jan Wyatt has exhibited in solo and group shows, locally and regionally. In the past 2 years her sculptures have been accepted into the annual Juried shows at Sidetracks Art Gallery and at the 2015 & 2016 Bucks County Sculpture Show. Jan Wyatt earned an MFA from Peabody College, Vanderbilt University with an emphasis in 3 dimensional work. Jan also studied sculpture for an independent year of studio work at the Italian Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.