Julie Rosenthale has been making art since her grandfather, a prolific painter, gave her a set of canvases and paint when she was a little child. She majored in Art History/Fine Art at Emory University, where she received her B.A., and was a member of the Stipe Society of Scholars for the creative arts, and recipient of the Stipe Creative Arts Honor for her work in ceramic sculpture. In 2004, Julie earned a M.A.T. from The College of New Jersey in Elementary Education and is a NJ-certified elementary teacher. She taught art for five years in a preschool in Princeton, as well as in the summer program at the Arts Council of Princeton.
Art Sparks is the brainchild of Julie, whose vision includes creating an art environment where children can explore and create using a variety of art media, acquire the language of art-making, and become familiar with the materials, tools, techniques, styles, artists, and artistic movements of the world of art - all within the spirit of a no-pressure approach, learning to reflect about the art-making process, embracing “mistakes” as a chance for learning and discovery, and most of all - joy!
Julie opened the Art Sparks Studio in Hopewell Borough in 2012. She loves the process of stumbling upon happy chances in art, and is ever-amazed by the creative and inspiring approaches to art that she learns from her young students.
Meta Dunkly Arnold has been teaching in the Mixed Media Arts classes at Art Sparks since the studio's opening in 2012. She has been a Teaching Artist at West Windsor Arts Center, where her “Exploring Art” parent-child class introduces the work of contemporary artists to young children. With an MA from Yale in English literature, Meta has shifted in recent years to the visual arts that have been a lifelong interest. She works primarily in assemblage, creating 3D mixed-media pieces that are often kinetic and interactive. Her work has been exhibited at the Mariboe Gallery, ABstract EXpressions Gallery in Mount Holly, and the Arts Council of Princeton, where she has studied assemblage with Donna Payton and illustration and painting with Mickey Waring. Meta’s focus in her art and her teaching is on the excitement of discovery.
Susan Mitrano is a certified K-12 Art Teacher who has taught in Princeton, Bridgewater and Montgomery schools as well as community art centers in NJ and PA. She has a BFA from Syracuse University in graphic design with a minor in photography. After a 15-year career as a designer and art director, Ms Mitrano earned her BA in Art Education at The College of New Jersey. She is a long time watercolorist, studying with Robert O’Brien, AWS in Vermont and others locally. She studied ceramics with Ursula Kaplowitz and enjoys working in many kinds of clay. She is also an avid printmaker, exhibiting both her prints and watercolors in local galleries. Her greatest joy is sharing her knowledge of art history and art-making with children, and her goal is to inspire all her students to find their creative potential.
Emily Muschinske is a surface designer for an agency in the New York City fashion district. She creates artwork for clothing, stationery and products for the home. Her designs have been purchased by Justice, Barnes and Noble and Manhattan Toy, and has worked with exciting brands such as Marvel and Hello Kitty, to name a few. Her true love is teaching and designing for kids.
Emily lives in Hopewell and is mom to Devin and Jacob Brown, who attend Hopewell Elementary School. She recently created art for local toy shop Sticks and Stones and a made the summer reading poster you may have seen at the Hopewell and Pennington public libraries.
To see Emily’s work go to www.emilymuschinske.com