Dedicated to Teaching
Appel Farm is proud to work with a diverse roster of professional teaching artists! We rely on their talents, skills, and passion for teaching to make our programs possible and to help transform the lives of individuals across southern New Jersey. We bring successful and skilled regional artists to our studios at Appel Farm as well as to schools and organizations in a five-county area. Our teaching artists teach artistic techniques, enhance social and emotional skills, promote critical thinking and collaboration, and demonstrate how to grow and thrive as an artist. Check out our roster of professional teaching artists below.
If you are a passionate and experienced artist with a love for teaching, we want to hear from you! Appel Farm is always on the lookout for highly-qualified and talented teaching artists to join our roster. Click here for more information about how to become a Teaching Artist for Appel Farm.
Professional Clay Teaching Artist
As a folk artist, Kathy Casper has been creating with clay for twenty years with hand-built tiles, bowls, and mosaics as her focus. She uses stoneware clay with the curda seca technique which uses the process of wax resistance to separate areas of color. This style allows her to create tile imagery using glazes in a painterly fashion. As a teaching artist, she works in residence at regional schools and health care facilities where she cooperatively designs, creates, and installs tile and mosaic murals. Collaboration with others is a key component to the success of her projects.
Degree from Westminster Choir College of Rider University
Arielle Egan began cultivating her vocal and acting techniques both in the practice room and on the stage at a very young age. Her passion grew as she took on every performance, directing, and teaching experience that came her way. She graduated magna cum laude from Westminster Choir College with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in 2013. Ms. Egan works as a teaching artist focusing on musical theatre and opera as well as teaching voice lessons and child music classes at music schools in Salem and Gloucester County. She is heavily involved with local theatre both on and off the stage as a performer, musical director, and vocal coach.
Latin Ballroom Specialist
Marck “Flaco” Best’s passion for teaching is only surpassed by his love for dance! Both a performer and a producer, he is best known for Salsa Caliente! (Painted Bride Art Center), which garnished him Philadelphia Magazine’s coveted “Best of Philly” award in 2013. Now in his 17th year with The Mt. Airy Learning Tree, his student and client list include celebrities such as musician Bobby McFerrin and comedienne Myra J of The Tom Joyner Show. As a Latin Ballroom specialist, Flaco has traveled to teach in Costa Rica, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.
Recipient of fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Astraea Foundation, and the Leeway Foundation
For more than 20 years, Anndee Hochman has helped young and older writers find their voices in poetry, memoir, and creative non-fiction. As a teaching artist, she has worked in a variety of settings: school-based and after-school programs, juvenile detention centers and group homes, senior centers, and writing conferences. She is the creator of Heart & Craft, a series of writing workshops for adults that take place in Philadelphia and La Barra de Potosi, Mexico. She also writes the weekly “Parent Trip” column for The Philadelphia Inquirer; her essays and articles appear regularly on WHYY.org, Purple Clover, and Broad Street Review. Her work has also been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, Ms., Health, Redbook, The New York Times Book Review, and other venues. She is the author of two books: Anatomies: A Novella and Stories (Picador USA, 2000) and Everyday Acts & Small Subversions: Women Reinventing Family, Community and Home (The Eighth Mountain Press, 1994).
Degree from Boston University
A native of South Jersey, Jacqualynn Knight works out of her studio near downtown Woodbury and focuses most of her work in the Philadelphia region. She is an artist, writer, and designer, creating works for galleries and commissions for private, public, and non-profit clients. Her work ranges from small ink pieces to large sculptural installations and murals. As a teaching artist, Jacqualynn has worked with children, at-risk youth, teens, adults, and seniors. She is a dedicated local volunteer and arts advocate and is the creator of the FAF Coalition in Woodbury, NJ.
Michele is a graduate of Whitesville Central School, Whitesville, NY, and holds an AS Degree in Photography from Villa Maria College in Buffalo, NY with a minor in fine arts. Michele has spent the past 25 years preparing graphics for the print media world and diligently practices her photo shooting skills. She also designs beautiful jewelry and pottery and teaches young and old alike the skills she has gathered over the years. It makes her happy to create and be productive and hopes to continue for many years to come. And lives by the motto: “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
BFA Ceramics, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Gail’s teaching experience includes the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Allen’s Lane Art Center, as well as a classroom art teacher. She is currently a teaching artist for the NJ Council on the Arts. She has exhibited in NYC and the Philadelphia region. She has taught art classes at Appel Farm since 2010, including, nature weaving, multidisciplinary, origami, and 2D art. Visit Gail’s blog.
Moore College of Arts & Design
After graduating college, Tucker worked as a graphic designer and art director before discovering her love for craft design and teaching. She has taught people of all ages and has worked extensively with people with disabilities. She currently sells her artwork at the West End Garage, Cape May, and The Mullica Hill Art Center, Mullica Hill. She has taught art classes at Appel Farm since 2013, including landscape, paper weaving, and watercolor workshops. To see more of her work, visit her website.
Erik James Montgomery
Erik James Montgomery is a self-taught, fine art photographer who creates relevant, thought-provoking, visually unique imagery. He grew up in the inner city of East Orange, New Jersey where many of his peers fell into the traps of crime, drugs, self-hate, and ultimately, death. Determined not to become a statistic but a success, Erik chose to delve into various genres of art including illustration, dance, graf ti and eventually photography. Erik’s art photography focuses on inspirational, cultural, and societal themes. His viewpoint is from a photojournalistic standpoint where his imagery tells a complete story in one shot. Erik’s photography gives a visual voice to every one of his subjects thereby becoming a photographic storyteller and an important documentarian of this era. Erik is the owner of EJM Photography and the founder of the Erik James Montgomery Foundation, both located in Camden, New Jersey. EJM Photography creates personalized portraits, and inspirational images and provides photographic coverage for special events and weddings. Additionally, Erik has showcased his photography at various art galleries, universities, and community events over the past 25 years.
Fayge holds BAs in History and Music Education from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. She has been part of the Appel Farm family since childhood and is a firm believer in Appel Farm’s teaching philosophy. She has taught in a variety of in and out of school contexts, always focusing on inclusivity in the classroom. She has also written and implemented an art curriculum for all ages from infants to high schoolers.