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Teaching Artists

Teaching Artists at Creative York

Whether you are attending an art class at Creative York for the first time or are an experienced artists, our teachers have the knowledge and background to help individuals of all ages enhance their skillsets and explore their creativity!

Rosa Catterall
Amy Chapman
Holly Davis
Ellen Ehlenbeck
Katie French
Ren Harbold
Chris Koslosky
Kayla Krebs
Elizabeth Morrison
Karla Myers
Melanie M. Rodgers
Laura Sandmann
Tamia Spells
Annelise Vuono
Carol Clark Williams
Terri Yacovelli
Rosa Catterall

As a Latina immigrant from Peru, Rosa Luz Catterall expresses a curiosity to understand people, cultures and community. This led her to pursue careers as a social worker, an art therapist and a self-taught artist. Her work in the community focuses on themes that address cultural diversity, hope and healing and creates spaces that promote support and safety to express freely. The unique qualities that she brings to her practice help connect with people on a human level.

Rosa Luz was born in Peru and grew up in the U.S. from the age of nine in Queens, New York.  She graduated from Queens College with a B.A. in Sociology. Rosa Luz completed her graduate education at N.Y.U. and practices as a bilingual licensed social worker and a registered art therapist. She is an independent contractor for Hershey Medical Center, Conewago Place Drug and Alcohol Residential Treatment, Wellspan and Olivia’s House. She has an art studio/gallery at Marketview Arts where she paints, plans community projects and coordinates art wellness groups. Rosa Luz has made a commitment to give back to the community. In the past five years she has volunteered as an art therapist at York County Prison Women’s Wing and participated on mission trips to Guatemala and Ethiopia. Most recently she is a board member of Creative York and an active participant in the Racial Equity and Gallery Committee.

Amy Chapman

Amy Chapman is an elementary art educator for Northeastern School District. Her focus is in process art and building habits of thinking that benefit students well beyond the classroom. Amy meets each student where they are to support and build confidence and a passion for making! She holds a bachelor’s of Science in Education in Art Education from Millersville University as well as a dual teaching certificate in art and inclusive education from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Amy enjoys and has experience teaching a wide variety of skill levels and ages!

Holly Davis

Holly Davis is an artist, wife and mom from York, PA. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Beaver College, completed her PA Art teaching certification through Millersville University and received her Master’s in Education from Wilkes University. She also studied at Glasgow School of Art in Scotland and Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Holly has exhibited work throughout Pennsylvania, Scotland, and North Carolina, and she was the recipient of a PA State Grant for the Arts. Holly loves clay and teaching art, especially ceramics. She has taught artists of every age and has a passion for sharing her appreciation of clay with those she gets to work with.

Ellen Ehlenbeck

Ellen Ehlenbeck holds a B.A. in Fine Arts in painting from Penn State and a M.A. in graphic design from Savannah College of Art and Design. A working artist, Ellen has exhibited her work widely in the region, in both solo and group shows, as well as juried exhibitions. She loves to teach, and currently serves as a Resident Teaching Artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts as well as teaching at Harrisburg Area Community College, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Creative York.

Katie French

I am an artist and stay-at-home mama of two beautiful girls. Before having kids, I earned a bachelor’s degree in Art and a master’s degree in Education at the University of Maryland, College Park and became an art teacher. During my career I taught in two Maryland public high schools that were also English Language Learner centers.

2020 really made me reflect on what I wanted out of life and forced me to “take the plunge” on some of my goals and dreams. Since being home and busy with babies, I realized how much I missed teaching, being creative and making art. Fundamentally, it is fulfilling to my being. Ultimately, I made more art in 2020 than I had in the previous three years combined and towards the end of the year, I finally realized that this is what I need to do. I am excited to join Creative York to get back into teaching and bringing art to the community.

Ren Harbold
Ren Harbold (also known as ChickenHam Arts) is a sparkly multimedia illustrator from York, PA. Their art features bizarre worlds of colorful, cute, and sometimes creepy characters born of ink and pixels. When dabbling in traditional art forms, the artist enjoys drawing with ink, painting with watercolor, and linoleum relief printmaking. Their favorite digital artmaking tool is Procreate for iPad. The relationship between color and mood play an essential role in the artist’s illustrations. Their characters are not only embarking on their own special journeys, but are ready to stop and hug you along yours, too.
Chris Koslosky

Chris retired last June from The Janus School in Mount Joy, where she taught Spanish and English Language Arts to middle school and high school students. As a teacher, she has especially relished the teaching of writing, as she is an enthusiastic writer herself and enjoys helping students overcome their fears and doubts about the often intimidating process.  At Janus, Chris developed an annual literary magazine showcasing the best student writing of each school year.  She has judged student writing in contests including the Scholastic writing competition and a playwriting contest through the Hershey Theatre. Here at Creative York, Chris runs a group called Playwrights of the White Rose, which meets once a month to read and review each other’s playwriting efforts.

Kayla Krebs

Kayla is a stay-at-home mom, who has a passion for art.  She has a background in teaching and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Kutztown University.  She loves to learn new things and share them with others. What she likes most about teaching is sharing in the discoveries her students make as she guides them to new understandings.  Since earning her degree, she has been teaching art classes, camps, and substitute teaching in local schools. She enjoys working in a variety of different art mediums and has come to love creating fiber art pieces. She is looking forward to creating more art and teaching more classes through Creative York.

Elizabeth Morrison

Elizabeth Morrison has been a watercolor artist for 50 years and counting.  Also working as a classroom teacher for 17 years, she has had a great deal of experience teaching beginners the ins and out of this fascinating material. At Creative York she has teaches fibers and painting classes in the Teen Art House program, leads Arts Discovery Camps over the summers and holds art classes for adults and children.

Karla Myers

Karla Myers brings her love of beauty and the created order to the art classroom and studio. Karla received her bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Kutztown University, a degree which she used abundantly in homeschooling her eight children. Most recently, Karla has been conducting art workshops within the local community and for her neighbors and friends. She often incorporates art history into her lessons, and she enjoys the use of many varied media and surfaces, including watercolor, oil pastels, ceramics, acrylics, chalks, collage, wood, tempera and markers.

Melanie M. Rodgers

A native of York, Melanie M. Rodgers is a graphic designer/typographer/illustrator in private practice. She is an adjunct faculty member in illustration at York College of Pennsylvania, after 24 years as a full-time faculty member. She holds an M.A. in Digital Arts and an M.F.A. in Studio Art from The Maryland Institute College of Art, and is also a graduate in Fine Art from the now legendary York Academy of Arts. Before her career in academia, Mel worked as an illustrator, production artist, corporate media specialist and designer of industrial product and training literature. Her research has appeared in Voice: the AIGA Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the proceedings of national and international conferences. Her work is included in the Rhizome ArtBase Collection at The New Museum in New York. Mel is currently working on a variety of projects, both self-initiated and client-based, primarily typographic in nature and for print and screen, as well as critical and creative writing. www.melrodgers.com

Laura Sandmann

Laura has loved clay for as long as she can remember. Some of her earliest memories are of playing with clay she found outside at the dining room table. She’s been teaching art for two decades, and moved from her home state of Michigan to York PA 10 years ago with her husband Tad and two children. Laura is wildly passionate about sharing creative experiences with underserved communities and building lifelong connections through art.

Tamia Spells

Tamia Spells, is a seasoned crocheter with 13 years of experience, crafting everything from apparel to baby items. A mother of two daughters and fur babies, she balances family life with over 1000 client orders under her belt. Beyond crochet, Tamia’s diverse skills include aesthetic in cosmetology, cooking, and party planning, where she excels in decoration and prop making. She also owns a body sculpting business. Crocheting isn’t just a hobby for Tamia. it’s her calming passion, instilling patience and joy as she creates beautiful projects to share, gift, or cherish personally.

Annelise Vuono

Annelise’s style is characterized by figurative elements within abstract environments. Her paintings in particular feature strong color schemes and an emotional presence. Originally based out of Central Pennsylvania, Annelise is the daughter of an art educator and designer. She began drawing at a young age finding inspiration from fantasy films, music, graphic novels, and nature. Later, she graduated with a BFA from Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. Annelise has been working for years in various visual art fields and participates in gallery showings yearly. Her work has been published in books and magazines, and featured among athletic and fashion venues. In addition to creating art, Annelise has a passion for community involvement, including volunteering, educating, and raising awareness for the arts.

Carol Clark Williams

Carol Clark Williams is poet laureate emerita of York, Pennsylvania, and founder of the “Poetry Spoken Here” readings for the open air Yorkfest arts festival. She is a winner of the NFSPS 2022 Stevens Chapbook Poetry Contest. Williams teaches poetry workshops for high school students, senior centers, support groups, and residents of institutions.

Carol’s poems have been published in print and online journals including Broadkill Review, Welcome to the Resistance, Fledgling Rag, Grasslimb, Mad Poets Review, Margie, Byline, PPS Prize Poems, and Encore. Her latest collection of poetry, Unpacking for the Journey, is available on Amazon or from NFSPS.com

Terri Yacovelli

Terri Yacovelli earned a Masters of Liberal Arts degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She is a former Studio Art Teacher and Adjunct Professor of Art at York College of Pennsylvania.

Recent exhibitions include: Changing the Narrative: International Encaustic Artists Juried Exhibition (Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA), and Coming Into View (Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster PA). Other Exhibitions include: The Rehoboth Art League (Rehoboth DE), The Hershey Story Museum (Hershey, PA), and The Maryland Federation of Art (Annapolis, MD). Her work can be purchased through Gallery 50 Contemporary Art in Rehoboth, Delaware.

She is a R&F Encaustic Certified Instructor, a member of the International Encaustic Artists and American Women Artists Association. Terri teaches encaustic workshops and cerates work in her studio in Central Pennsylvania.