Charissa is an artist who lives in rural New Haven. She works mainly in pencil, pen, oils, and watercolors. She creates and sells many oil paintings, custom portraits, does custom decorative painting and murals among other things. She has illustrated the children's "D. Mouse" book series, and has created her own line of flower fairy drawings which have been made into cards and used as illustrations and logos. Her work is on display locally at the Riverfront Cultural Society Lounge, and Art Works on Main in Owensville. She has studied privately under several artists and art instructors, including working for two years under Julie Wiegand at Lyon School Studio. She has sold and displayed work in shows, fairs and galleries both locally and across the nation. She began teaching art in her early twenties, offering workshops and classes to home school groups, ladies groups, and teaching privately from her home studio. She has taught for three years at Kay's Studio in Sullivan, four years at Gateway Center for the Arts in Washington, and offers both private lessons and group lessons out of her own studio. Her students have won awards both in local shows and fairs, and national competitions.
~Dance / pilates~
Adrienne has been an educator in the field of dance for 20 years in Union and Washington Missouri. She specializes in teaching dance technique to children of all different ages and levels. Her innovative choreography, love of dance, and children enhance her teaching capabilities. Adrienne has choreographed several theatre productions for East Central College and off Broadway theatre. Some shows to mention: Urinetown, Beauty and the Beast, Once Upon this Island, Broadway and Beyond, Route 66, The Drowsy Chaperone and several more. Adrienne teaches competitive dance, and coached cheer groups and private lessons to students who want to learn certain techniques. Adrienne was granted a dance scholarship from Lindenwood University and continued her education of dance at various workshops and schools in neighboring areas including COCA in St. Louis, MO. Adrienne has certifications including: CMA, CPR, First Aid, Pilates, kickboxing and step aerobics. She has taught various classes at Four Rivers Career Center, Tri-Fitness Center, Riverfront Cultural Society, Washington YMCA, and Hermann Area Fitness Center.
Laura Schaefer earned her Black Belt in 1999, and is also a certified instructor. She has competed at the state and national level. Shaefer's favorite things about teaching are her LOVE for the art of Taekwondo and watching a child's face light up when they have just understood a new concept.
Brittany has been teaching private piano for almost 10 years and she holds an undergrad degree in Piano Pedagogy from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. Her specialty is working with beginning through intermediate level pianists. Brittany recently moved back to Missouri and she is excited to join the staff at Washington Community Arts Studio! She strives to make each lesson enjoyable and rewarding and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to pass on her love for and knowledge of music to future students
Angie has been dancing for twenty-seven years studying tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, poms, modern, and lyrical dance. In high school, she was part of a competition team that earned top honors. She has participated in private workshops taught by professional dancers such as Densil Adams, Steven Boyd, and Darren Thompson. She received a dance scholarship to attend Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. There she participated as a concert dancer and was a member of the Mid-American Dance Company. She has attended Dance Olympus (a national dance convention) numerous times as continuing dance education. Her groups of dancers have traveled to NYC for the Dance America competition as well as participated in Six Flags Annual Dance Fest. Angie was a featured dancer in ECC’s production of Broadway and Beyond in 2005 and was also an assistant coach for the ECC Dance Team from 2005-2008. Angie owned Just For Kixs Dance Center from 1999-2014. She has been teaching at WCAS for three years.
Gretchen (kubiak) long
Jessie danced at Just for Kixs Dance Center for 15 years studying tap, ballet, jazz, poms, pointe, lyrical, and poms. She taught there and continues her love of dance here at WCAS. She also was a member of the JFKDC competition team for several years. She loves creating through dance and working with kids.