Julie taught art and ceramics at Monroe High School for 6 years right out of college and has been at home with kiddos for 7 years now. It can be difficult for her to make time for clay during this time of her life, but teaching really helps her stay connected to the art community. Julie loves seeing her students succeed and get a vision for what they can do and where they want to go with their work.
Art + Wine Workshops
Alex Couch is a Cincinnati native. She has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati, college of DAAP. She currently teaches art at Harrison Jr. School. In her free time, Alex loves to read, knit, sketch, or spend time with her husband.
Piano and Voice Private Lessons
Rebekah has loved the piano and singing since she was a little girl. This passion lead her to study voice at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, travel the world with Celebrant Singers (an International Music Ministry), and be involved in music all of her life, which included teaching elementary music in the Hamilton City Schools for the past 7 years. She currently teaches voice and piano to children and adults in both Hamilton and Middletown. Rebekah believes that music provides an outlet for worship and creative expression. She desires to see both children and adults alike reach their own personal goals as they create music of their own.
Bevy Sue Hammons
Bevy Sue Hammons RYT has taught yoga for 17 years in Hamilton and Fairfield with certification from Atma Yoga (a Kripalu-style yoga). She is a registered member of Yoga Alliance and CYTA (Cincinnati Yoga Teachers Association) and continues to attend yoga workshops and gatherings to bring fresh ideas to her classes. Bevy Sue has been inspired by great teachers: Lilias Folan, Julie Lusk, Christopher Baxter, Eric Shiffmann and many others. She enjoys sharing her love and joy of yoga with her students as well as helping them learn ways to de-stress and to realize the body, mind and soul connection. Her classes include getting centered, warm ups and yoga asanas.
Kids’ Drawing, Drawing Outside the Box, and Youth and Teen Art Camps
Emily Howard is an elementary art teacher with the Hamilton City School district. She loves teaching because she loves learning new things and helping students to arrive at creative visual solutions. She loves to work with glass and create colorful drawings. Her favorite artists include Georgia O'Keeffe and Dale Chihuly because they are both pioneers in their media fields. She has been teaching drawing classes for kids at the Fitton Center since 2001.
Having come from a classical music background, Kitty became captivated with the bluegrass sound and in particular, bluegrass fiddling, during the early 1980s. Since then, she has also taken up mandolin, upright bass, a bit of flat-picking guitar, and a tad of Scruggs style banjo. She says: ‘I want every student to enjoy their musical journey. I use a combination of ear training, musical notation, and tablature in teaching a tune. I provide each student with a series of recorded practice files ranging in tempo from dead slow to stage ready. Practice with these recording helps students learn the material and prepares them to easily transition into a group setting. I also incorporate discussion of notes, keys, and chords into all my teaching. I think a working knowledge of rudimentary music theory helps in learning a tune, in remembering the tune, and in performance of the tune in a band setting.’
I graduated from Miami University in 2017 with a BFA in ceramics. Since graduating, I have filled my days with clay - working at The Rookwood Pottery Co., creating art in my own studio, and teaching community pottery classes.
Throwing on the wheel has been my favorite creative outlet from the very moment I first sat down at a pottery wheel. I also enjoy dabbling in ceramic sculpture and hand built functional forms from time to time. I love to teach others how to work with clay and the wheel, because I want to bring the same joy to others that has been given to me through the beautiful process of ceramics.
Private Piano Lessons
Jon Sanford is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music with a Master of Music degree from Miami University where he studied with Dr. Siok Lian Tan. Previously, he studied with Dr. Melinda Hickman at Cincinnati Christian University where he graduated as Salutatorian.
Private Voice Lessons
For the past 25 years, Ahdda has taught and empowered children, teens and adults to sing with beauty, skill and ease. She teaches classical and non-classical voice and helps singers and speakers recover from vocal strain or injury. She holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Opera and Opera Stage Direction from the Indiana University, School of Music, Bloomington, Indiana.
Sharon Theard has pursued her passion for the arts throughout her life. She has taught art for 25 years to all ages from preschool to senior citizens. Her classes have included painting, drawing, sculpting – even sewing! A graduate of Wilmington College, Mz. Theard’s three children have grown up and she now lives with her husband, the artist Paul Theard, and the world’s sweetest dog, Hendrix, along with the world’s silliest dog, Lucy.
Natalie Tritt is an elementary art teacher in Middletown. She grew up in Fairfield and graduated from Miami University. She loves running, rock wall climbing and of course making art! Her favorite type of art to make is portraits in oil paint.
Youth Pottery and Teen Pottery
Carol's interest in the arts have been a lifelong passion. She has worked in many media, photography, painting, printmaking and her favorite, pottery. She has been inspired by the impressionists, Manet, Renoir and Monet and ultimately by nature. She has appreciated the opportunity to have been a part of the Fitton Center, first as a student and later going on to teach classes here. She has really enjoyed teaching youth pottery classes here for over 8 years. Working with the students and seeing their sense of wonder and accomplishment as they develop new skills has been very rewarding to her. Carol also enjoys seeing how her students Fitton Center experiences reveal to them the value of art in their lives.
Creative Aging Painting
Chrissy Collopy attended the Miami University College of Creative Arts from 2001 – 2005. In 2013, Chrissy earned a Certificate of Completion from The Creative Center at University Settlement’s Creative Aging Training Institute in New York City, New York. Since 2010, Chrissy has been the Lead Artist for O.M.A. (Opening Minds Through Art) – “an intergenerational art program for individuals with dementia” sponsored by the Scripps Gerontology Center. Chrissy also teaches acrylic painting classes for seniors at Colonial Seniors Home in Hamilton, Ohio, from 2011 until the present day and teaches a variety of painting courses for the Fitton Center for Creative Arts.
Drawing Studio and Art + Wine Workshops
I am an artist/ Educator and recent graduate from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. As an artist I have been trained in multiple artistic disciplines, but have a specific focus in drawing/ painting and sculpture. I strive to find creative ways to blur the line between two and three dimensional work. My teaching experiences have provided me with the opportunity to work with students from a variety ages and backgrounds.
Creative Aging Mosaics, Mosaics: The Joy of Breaking Glass, Mixed Media Mosaics, Wearable Mosaics Workshop, and Paint Chip Mosaics Workshop
Lori Kay Farr earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Environmental Design from Bowling Green State University. Over the past 15 Years, Lori has been teaching art to students in private and public school settings. During this time she worked creating many theater set displays and themed room designs along with custom mosaic designs. In 2012 Lori was selected to lead a large group of homeschool students to create a mosaic pig for Cincinnati ArtWorks Big Pig Gig. It was displayed on Fountain Square along with another pig she created; a version of “Starry Night” painted on a standing winged pig. Lori loves to share her passion for mosaics. "I find it very rewarding to take broken and discarded items and find new life and beauty in them when they are brought together in a mosaic."
Linda Hanson has been creating pottery since she first studied ceramics at Miami University in the early 70's. She has returned to Miami for numerous pottery Craftsummers and also attended many Arrowmont workshops. Linda taught art for over 25 years at several local schools, including Lakota and Northwest. She also has worked in the education departments for the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Fitton Center for Creative Arts. As an art educator, Linda dabbles in many art forms, including jewelry making, painting, marbling and photography. Pottery however, because of its therapeutic and earthy qualities, is and will always remain her favorite.
Laura Leavitt is a writer and teacher in Ohio and Indiana. She runs the writing center at Earlham College, and writes short stories, essays, and poems in her free time. Her latest effort is a sci-fi novel for middle school readers, and she hopes that it will inspire middle school and high school writers to create their own science-fiction worlds and build characters to live in them. Her work has been published in Potluck Magazine, The Blotter, and Toasted Cheese literary journal.
Pottery turns daily life from ordinary to amazing. There are infinite possibilities to be explored and enjoyed. The pottery studio is a hidden jewel where experienced and novice potters alike can unleash their creativity and hone their skills. There is nothing like working with clay to re-center and re-claim peace of mind. "That’s why I like coming to the pottery studio and sharing the experience with all who are interested."
Pre-Teen Pottery, Pottery Basics, and
Sally Runge is an art teacher for the Franklin City School District and a museum instructor for the Dayton Art Institute. She is a National Board Certified Teacher. Her favorite art medium is clay. She most enjoys coiling and working on the potter’s wheel to create functional pieces of art. She is excited be teaching ceramics at Fitton Center for Creative Arts.
Art + Wine Workshops
Jamie Schorsch holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in Art Education with PK-21 licensure in Art Education of the University of Cincinnati’s college of D.A.A.P. Jamie’s teaching experience has been widely varied and includes working with students ranging in ages from 5-18, private and public institutions, and both inner city and suburban schools. Jamie has taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Public Schools, and is currently employed as an art teacher at Oak Hills High School where she serves as Art Department Program Coordinator. When not teaching, Jamie Schorsch can be found deconstructing concepts of the American dream through mythology, fairy tales, and literary characters, while picking apart representations and interpretations of popular culture.
Creating Comics, Printmaking, and Art Camps
Billy Simms is an award winning comics artist and MFA student in studio art at Miami University. He has 17 years of teaching experience working with students from three years of age to adult. He lives in Hamilton with his wife and two cats.
Kate Toensmeyer is an art teacher at Sacred Heart of Jesus School. She is happiest when creating, whether through drawing, pottery, painting, or printmaking. She has taught numerous children and adult art classes throughout Butler County, working with a variety of media. She enjoys teaching art in both school and community settings.
Bernadette teaches yoga in Oxford and Hamilton and has been teaching for 10 years. She has extensive training in safe body alignment, anatomy and relaxation and is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. She first did yoga as a teenager watching the PBS show “Lilias, Yoga and You”. Fast forward a few decades and she was in a Continuing Education Yoga class at Miami University and the teacher told her an American yoga expert, Erich Shiffman, was holding a workshop in Cincinnati. To prepare, Bernadette got his book, Moving into Stillness, and reading it changed her life because the book used easy-to-understand language to explain how to do yoga poses and also addressed techniques for deep relaxation and self-acceptance. She was hooked; and loves doing and teaching yoga.
Scott's been practicing yoga since 2002 and teaching since 2004. His first teacher training program was at Miami University, conducted by Elizabeth Silas, who is still a great influence on him. Scott also has a Yoga Alliance 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher Certification through The Cincinnati Yoga School. He mainly teaches Vinyasa (meaning that the movement is linked to the breath) style yoga. At the start of a class he gives students a few moments to set an intention. The intention he sets for himself at that time is usually "to give everyone in the class the opportunity to have a good experience". Then he does his best to hold up his end of the bargain, and finds the focus required of him and the interaction with the students to be very rewarding.