Owner, Lead Instructor
Practically born with a paintbrush in her hand, Tania Knudsen has been chasing the creative life since childhood. She spent her youth playing outside, loving animals and painting in a local art studio. Not much has changed over the years-‐‑she still paints, hangs out in the studio with fun friends and firmly believes in the importance of play. Between the playing and painting Tania found time to raise two unique children, earn an art degree and start a teaching studio. She now learns from and loves her students and creates events to bring artists and the community together.
Her philosophy is this: Life and Art are adventures, and like all great journeys they are better when shared.
Tania Knudsen holds a BSE in art education and elementary education. She is founder and director of Studio 7 (a creative learning center for visual arts), Art on the Creeks (an annual arts festival) and Minerva Arts (a 501c3 dedicated to community art experiences). Her work can be seen at taniaknudsen.com.
Oil Painting Instructor
“Tim Tyler is a contemporary artist who works in a representational manner. Inspired by the Old Master's Tyler's skills and technical ability to achieve high levels of realism are impressive, yet it is his visual wit, use of satire and clever method of social commentaries that he weaves into his compositions that elevate his works above practicing realist artists. A respected professional artist, Tyler has a distinctive career and received honorable recognition for his work from notable authorities and leaders in the arts such as the late Charles Banks Wilson.”
Aaron Jones, Crystal Bridges Interpretation Manager
Judi O. Harrison
Judi was privileged to receive a scholarship to the Delaware Art Museum while still in high school where she studied under Professor Johnson in the museum setting. She went on to Syracuse University where she obtained a BFA and a design honorary. Judi taught art at the Wilmington Friends School then at the Philbrook Art Museum working with students in all mediums including 3D sculpture, nature drawing, and speciality workshops. She has worked the past 45 years as an interior designer/interior architect. "I grew up with the pasion to do art, share art, teach art and learn art. It has been a thread that has woven through my whole life to create who I am today."