Jennifer Baskin received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metals from Kent State University. She currently focuses most of her time with her jewelry business and teaches a Metals Expression class at Hudson Montessori School. The arts have always been an important part of her life. Her love for creating and teaching continues to grow through experience. She truly enjoys getting to know each one of her students, and watching their talents and personalities blossom with each new project.
Kim Grey earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art Education and Individual and Family Studies from Kent State University. She taught elementary and middle school art in the classroom for Akron Public Schools and Euclid Public Schools. She grew up in Solon and now Kim and her husband raise their two daughters in the community. She loves working with the students at the Solon Arts Center to help them grow their artistic skills and have fun being creative.
Jolee Klugherz earned her BA from Cornell University where she studied Psychology and Drawing/Painting, and then received her Masters in Art Education from Arcadia University. After graduating, she taught Studio Art and Environmental Design courses at Sharon High School in Sharon, Massachusetts. She also taught classes in a variety of subjects including pottery, glass fusing, drawing, painting, and collage in various after school and summer programs in Massachusetts and New Jersey before moving to Solon. Jolee enjoys encouraging her students to appreciate not only their finished pieces of art but also the journey of creating art. She loves to see each child’s personality and unique style show through in his or her work.
Cheryl Scott holds a Masters in Art Education from Penn State and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts. She recently moved from sunny Florida where she taught Art History, Art Appreciation and Studio Arts for over 17 years. Her goals are to encourage individual expression and innovation. She uses historical references to stretch imaginations, stir creativity, experiment with technique and search for inspiration in unexpected places.
Mandy Spisak is an enamellist that currently resides in Garfield Heights, Ohio with her husband and daughter. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Mandy has worked as a teacher at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Steinert School of Glass. She also has a background in art administration with non-profit organizations The Sculpture Center and the New Organization for Visual Art (NOVA). In recent years, Mandy has been focused on creating enamel art and home decor with an emphases on recycling and re-purposing items. She enjoys sharing her passion for creating and recycling with her students. Her philosophy in teaching is to look at a project, break it down into its simplest form and refine it in the end. “One of my favorite things about teaching is seeing a student’s sense of accomplishment when they complete a project they thought would be too challenging.”
Lara Young earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Miami University, with a Minor in Creative Writing. She has been teaching Art for 15 years, starting as a classroom teacher in Chicago and Dallas. She enjoys working with young students, teens, adults and seniors at the Arts Center and has been an instructor at SCA for the past 6 years. Lara takes great pride in watching her students develop their inner confidence, advance their skills and enjoy the time they spend together being creative.