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Fall 2014 Art Classes


Art Camp Catalog
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Adult Art Classes

Meet Our Instructors


Program Director

Stephanie Gush is a Penn State graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in Art, with an emphasis in printmaking. She has been involved with the CFAC for nineteen years, beginning as an instructor for art camps and after school art classes. She enjoys working with Penn State students to develop and promote art programs for all ages. Stephanie freelances in graphic design and illustration, paints, creates with dried gourds, enjoys hiking, and volunteers at community art events. She has experience teaching printmaking, bookmaking, drawing/ painting to children and adults.

Assistant and Instructor

Mandi Gatto is a Penn State graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in Integrative Arts, with a focus in drawing and painting. She joined the CFAC in 2006. She teaches scrapbook workshops to adults through the CFAC, and is also the Administrative Support Assistant, creating ads, maintaining email lists, and helping PSU students, staff and faculty sign up for art classes! Mandi has past experience teaching drawing/painting, pottery, and woodworking at summer camps. She enjoys doing anything crafty, including scrapbooking and card making in her free time.


Alexis Baxter is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Chemistry at Penn State. A na - tive of Maine, Alexis graduated in the spring of 2012 from The Florida State University, with a dual degree in Biochemistry and Environmental Chemistry. While new to the CFAC, she has a passion to teach others and thanks to her five younger sisters, has learned the virtue of patience. She has lived in Oslo, Norway and has traveled extensively throughout Europe. In her free time, she likes to do anything crafty, read, be outside and spend time with her family.

Kelly Beck is a local to the State College area and is a major Community, Environment and Development B.S program at Penn State. Kelly has been working with ceramics for over two years and enjoys learning new ways to work with clay. She participates in 4-H Club, where she has held officer positions and taught baking and rabbitry.

Alex Coppolo is a recent graduate of Penn State with a major in Secondary English Education and a minor in Theatre. Art has always been a huge part of her life, from painting sets to illustrating stories. She spent a semester abroad in London and visited Paris, Venice, Barcelona, Dublin, and Amsterdam. This will be her second summer instructing summer camps and adult art classes and is eager to start new projects with new students. She hopes that she can encourage a love for the arts in everyone!

Caitlin Dillon is from Pittsburgh, PA and is currently a junior at Penn State studying Fine Arts and Advertising. She loves to paint, travel, and hike with her three sisters! She also enjoys spending time outside with her dog, Penny. Caitlin believes that her love for art started when she spent the summer at camp as a kid, and she carries that love of art with her as she instructs art camps this summer for the CFAC.

Luke Fasano is currently a double major Art Education and Ceramics at Penn State. He has been into art all his life and fell in love with pottery the first time he tried it. He really enjoys hand building and making sculptural pieces. He is excited to teach a workshop for the CFAC!

Emily Howe is a senior at Penn State double majoring in Psychology and Art. She hopes to some day attend graduate school to become an art therapist. She currently works as the manager for the ceramic studio at the HUB on campus through the Center of Arts and Crafts. Her favorite art form is drawing, but she has experience in painting and ceramics. When Em - ily is not studying or making art, she enjoys hiking, spending time with friends or family, and horseback riding.

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Rafael Izakov has extensive experiences in black and white, color, slide, and digital photography. He has worked as a freelance reporter, and his works have been published in magazines and newspapers. Rafael has won many photo competitions and enjoys photographing people, landscapes, streets, theatre, sporting events, and travel scenes. He works as a volunteer assistant instructor for photography classes at PSU and is now focusing on digital photography, with emphasis on improving photographs using new software.

Emma Karpinski is a junior at Penn State, majoring in Art Education, focusing mainly on early childhood, but she enjoys sharing art making with anyone and everyone! She has been teaching art to and conducting research with preschool students for the past three semesters, and spends her free time experimenting with new artistic mediums. Lately, she has been working with acrylic paint pouring, ink, gouache, watercolor, and film photography. She also enjoys finding unusual books to read, playing the ukulele, and searching for new music to listen to.

Cadhla McDonnell is a PhD candidate at Penn State studying Sociology and Demography. She made her first quilt in 2011 and she has been hooked on sewing and quilting ever since. She loves improvisational piecing, unexpected color combinations, and hand quilting. She is originally from Ireland.

Sarah Nachtman is a senior at Penn State, majoring in Art Education with a minor in Art History. She is originally from State College, PA. She enjoyed the fun and colorful time instructing and assisting with art camps the past two summers and teaching classes to students and faculty/staff this past fall and spring. She enjoys teaching, spending time with family and friends, and visiting new coffee shops.

Sonya Neumann has been teaching ceramics for more than fourteen years and still can’t get enough! Teaching children and adults wheel thrown and handbuilt ceramics is one of her most fulfilling experiences. She minored in ceramics at George Washington University. She was born in Trinidad and has traveled to Turkey, Florence, Rhodes, England and Crete.

Erica Parsons is a 2011 graduate of Penn State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. She has recently begun substitute teaching within the local district and her main artistic interest is in drawing and painting. She plans to go to graduate school to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in the near future. In her free time, she enjoys camping, reading, and watching Steeler football with friends and family.

Ken Plattner has studied at the University of Maryland, in Munich, Germany and at Penn State. In 1978 he opened his own stained glass studio on East Main Street in Boalsburg, PA. His work is distributed throughout the world. Ken began teaching stained glass for CFAC in the late 1970s.

Danielle Spewak is a Penn State student who is working towards her undergraduate degree in Art Education. She loves to include wildlife and rural landscapes in her work but isn’t afraid to dive into anything art! From painting to sculpture she is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and organized. In the summer, you will find her in her vegetable garden with her dog, Doctor Bullwinkle, Doc for short. Her favorite artists include Monet, Manet, Michelangelo, and Andy Goldsworthy.

Mary Trifiro graduated from Penn State with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in hopes of becoming a Speech Language Pathologist. She was the Late Night Crafts manager the past two years. She has worked with many different kinds of art forms, but her favorite mediums are pastels and watercolor. Her other interests include hiking, reading, playing the piano, cooking, and traveling to new places.

Seth Young graduated from Edinboro University with a Bachelors in Applied Media Arts. He attended The Governor’s School for arts in 2007 and studied four years of animation in college. He has always had a lifelong passion for comics and loves to study the different styles and techniques used in them. In his spare time, Seth is working on a comic with a collaborator in Philadelphia, as well as participating in upcoming conventions.

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