Art Education Department

Staff:
William Stephanos-Metalsmithing & Jewelry, Media & Youth

Toni Carlucci-Drawing & Fiber & Youth

Teaching Artists:

Robert Brown IV- Cartoon/Illustration 

Amanda Jane Crouse - Ceramics

Tabitha Fielteau-Fashion

Kidd Fielteau - Film and Media Arts

Michael Ross - Painting

Charles Warnock- Painting 

New Teaching Artists Fall 2022!!! AJ Aremu, Printmaking and Leslie Grove, Jewelry and Metalsmithing

Bio's and photos of our teaching artists are listed below alphabetically by last name. For any questions, please contact Art Education Specialist, William Stephanos at william.stephanos@accgov.com or call 706 613 3623 ext. 7605

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LESLIE GROVE - jewelry and metalsmithing

"I began making jewelry in 2010.  After learning how to solder in a continuing education course, I was completely hooked.   Since then I have enjoyed further instruction including some transformative jewelry and metalsmithing classes at the Lamar Dodd School of Art and a prong setting class at the Penland School of Craft.  A web developer by day, I appreciate the tangible process of working with tools and metal whenever I can.  Currently, I have a line of sterling silver and gemstone rings for sale at Community in Athens, Georgia, and am looking forward to teaching a course at the Lyndon House Arts Center in the fall."

INTRODUCING OUR NEW MEDIA TEEN MENTOR: 

 Kidd Fielteau of Fell2 Photography is a food and product photographer based out of Athens, GA. Photography started out as a hobby which soon lead to a passionate career for Kidd. His previous experience as a beauty and fashion photographer has given him an advantage to apply those learn techniques to create and style lasting food and product imagery. He is also a devoted husband and a father of 4 who spends his free time playing video games which he affirms by saying,"nothing brings me more joy!" Since 2012 he has continued to shoot what he loves and loves what he shoots. Fielteau further states, "I want to continue my growth as a photographer by learning, teaching, and consistently shooting."

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Toni Carlucci - youth, drawing

Toni began her career as a teacher in 1987 as a Artist-in-Residence at an elementary school in south Georgia and has been teaching ever since. For 11 years, she taught children all over Georgia and South Carolina how to weave using techniques inspired by Peruvian, African and Native American weaving.

During that time she also finished her MFA from UGA in Fabric Design. She had the pleasure of teaching art when the Lyndon House Arts Center was in the historic house and has taught children and adults at Lyndon House since the expansion. She loves to draw and is passionate about showing others that they can learn to draw

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Amanda Jane Crouse earned an MFA in Ceramics from the Lamar Dodd School of Art. She is as well accomplished in Sculpture, Pottery, Pinhole Photography, Music, Poetry, Painting, Drawing, and Performance. Her artwork has been shown in galleries including Fay Gold Gallery, Lowery Gallery, the Lyndon House, Loblolly, Athica, Pulaski Art Crawl, Eye Drum, and Winterville Center for the Arts. . Her sculpture has been featured in Athens Banner Herald, Athens Food and Culture, Athena Magazine, the Red and Black, and Flagpole Magazine and on the Peabody-award-winning series, Rectify. She is a spontaneous process-based multimedia artist whose work has been noted as blurring the lines between seer and seen. In a 2013 manifesto she describes art as “my way to share what is otherwise a very personal meditative exploration of finding myself in the universe, physically and cosmically.” She has taught art, pottery, and culinary classes for students of all ages at the University of Georgia, Oconee Cultural Affairs Foundation, Double Helix STEAM Academy, Good Dirt, Wired and Fired and at her own studio, Clay Gardens. Her teaching philosophy includes guiding students, whether accomplished or novice, to discover an authentic expression of themselves through art by engaging in fully immersive creative activity and practice. Crouse also maintains a small business, Little Cuckoo Chocolates, while raising her three extraordinary children.

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Tabitha Fielteau - Fashion

Tabitha Fielteau clothing line was launched in the spring of 2014 showcasing a refreshing Spring/Summer collection from designer Tabitha Fielteau. The line embodies the designer's true aesthetic, which is clothing made for the today's modern and contemporary woman, who appreciates fashion with sophistication. Tabitha Fielteau is a self-taught, womenswear fashion designer who enjoys creating each garment from sketching to pattern making to sewing and construction. She takes pride in designing clothing that brings out the beauty and chic side of every woman. "The most rewarding experience is seeing each garment come to life!" says designer Tabitha Fielteau.

Her favorite decade of fashion is the 40/50s era because of women regal and elegant sense of style which was shaped by great fashion designers. And truly talented designers of today such as Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab, and Stephane Rolland to name a few has definitely been a source of inspiration. She hopes she can become an inspiration to others and grow continually as a designer.

Isaac Johnson

Isaac Johnson is a local artist and filmmaker whose interests include analogue photography, cinematography, and being outside in the sunshine. A graduate of the Entertainment Media Studies program at UGA, Johnson’s filmmaking experience spans a wide variety of roles in both the production and post-production processes. When not behind the camera or in the darkroom, he is passionate about local politics, sustainable agriculture, and music.

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Jane Ritchie - jewelry

Jane Ritchie is an artist and jeweler who has just moved to Athens, GA from Norfolk, VA. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Old Dominion University in sculpture and metalsmithing and a Masters in Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.

During her time in Norfolk, VA Jane maintained a personal studio practice as well as taught adjunct in the Art Department at O.D.U. Including classes such as introduction, advanced, and alternative metalsmithing classes. She also spent every fall teaching an introduction to blacksmithing course. Her work has shown nationally and internationally and she looks forward to her future in Athens,

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Michael Ross - painting

Michael Ross is an artist who makes naturalistic, evocative paintings of forests, fields, wetlands, birds, and our relationships to natural spaces. He has exhibited his work extensively, and his work is featured in the collections of the Georgia Museum of Art, the University of Georgia, the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, Georgia, the Washington, D.C. Department of Transportation, and in many private collections. He has participated in artist residencies in Maine, Vermont, Norway, and on the west coast of Africa. Ross grew up in Scandinavia, received his MFA in drawing and painting from the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art (class of 2016), and lives in Athens, Georgia. You can see more of his work on michaelrossart.com

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William Stephanos - Jewelry & Metalsmithing
Program Specialist in Art Education!

William is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii and has lived all over the world. He recently relocated back to one of his "hometowns" Athens, Georgia. Prior to joining us, Will was the Cultural Arts Administrator for the city of Kingsport, Tennessee from September 2012 to September 2016. He has two adult sons. He graduated with a BS as well as a Master of Education with a concentration in Media and Technology and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Planning and Development from East Tennessee State University.

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Charles Warnock - painting

Charles Warnock was born the second son of a Southern Baptist minister in the town of Soperton, Georgia. He graduated high school from Stevens County High in Toccoa, Georgia in 1976. In 1979, he entered the Air Force where he worked as an engineer for the next twenty years. Upon retiring from the Air Force, Mr. Warnock attended the University of Georgia where he received his Master’s Degree in Drawing and Painting in 2003.

Mr. Warnock currently teaches an open studio painting class at the Lyndon House Art Center in Athens and is the Gallery Director for the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation. He is proficient in both oil and acrylic techniques and has produced numerous paintings. His primary subject matter has been large floral paintings.