Full of passion and talent, these artists teach our Summer Camps and classes during the school year. Discover more about our amazing educators!
Karen is the Education Coordinator at The Art Center of Waco. She began her teaching career in Pennsylvania where she taught art in a public high school and then a middle school for several years. Upon moving to Virginia, she continued to teach art in a children’s museum setting, and took classes at both Old Dominion University and James Madison University to pursue her interest in printmaking. Karen, an artist herself, enjoys sharing her knowledge about the process of art-making and the history of art. However, she also wants her students to experience art and understand how much it affects their lives. In 1997 Karen graduated from Messiah College with a B.S. in Art Education. Her study abroad experience landed her in Philadelphia, PA, where she took classes at Temple University and Tyler School of Art. She and her husband have an nine-year-old daughter who also shares her passion for the arts.
Joanne Isabella Alma Cervantes is a central Texas artist and educator. Born in Long Beach, California, Joanne holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting from the University of North Texas and is a member of 500X Gallery in Dallas, Texas.
Heather has a masters in Theology from Baylor University and works in Waco as a researcher. She double-majored in Art and English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Heather loves all things creative, especially painting and writing poetry. Some of Heather’s favorite things are spending time with family and friends, playing sand volleyball, and reading a good book on a beautiful day.
Rebecca Edwards is the proud wife of Joel (a professional artist) and the mother of three (Ella, 13; Jack, 11; and Lucy, 11). She is the office manager at DaySpring Baptist Church and teaches Sunday School for 2nd-3rd-4th graders. Rebecca loves connecting with children in her work with The Art Center of Waco’s education program and as a volunteer at her children’s schools. Her other passions include photography, crafting, and learning new things.
John Singletary is a Dallas based visual artist working mainly with the painting medium who is currently shaping his ideas in Baylor University’s Studio Art program. He has assisted in teaching at charter schools in Minnesota such as WISE academy and La Creche learning center, and is a studio assistant for artist and professor Benny Fountain at Baylor. John spent part of 2018 at New York’s “Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild” Artist Residency, and continues to sell work internationally. He desires to share his love and knowledge of color with the younger generation, and hopes he can inspire them to see that art is everywhere.
Avy is one of our teaching artists at the art center of Waco. She comes from a family of artists and has dabbled in many areas of art. She has 4+ years working with educating children, two years as an intern for a professional tie-Dye artist, and a lifetime of loving and creating art with whatever materials she finds! She is currently finishing up her associates in Graphic design at Texas State Technical College.