Teacher Bio’s ~ Meet Our Instructors


Caitlyn Carr

Caitlyn Carr is an upcoming senior at Braintree high school and is also the co-president of National Art Honor Society. She helps run creative meetings and events at the high school with fellow members of the society. She has taken multiple art classes at the high school and has been volunteering with the arts center since last summer when she assisted with summer fun week, as well as this year when she helped with creative kids classes. She will continue to pursue her passion for art when she helps teach a kids art class this summer!

Classes she will be teaching: Creative Kids


Janet Cianciolo

Janet Cianciolo brings her rich Scandinavian heritage and her passion for knitting, gardening and floral arranging to all her many creative handiworks. She is the mother of 3 grown children, 6 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Her celebration of traditional arts and wholesome living is a welcome addition to the BCAC.

Classes she will be teaching: Adult and Children’s Knitting – Beginners to Advances and Basic Crochet


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Debbie Coppola

Debbie is looking forward to running this summer’s Arts & Crafts FUN WEEKS again! She is completing her Masters in Elementary Education as she works alongside as an aide in Waltham. Before following her love for teaching, she earned a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design. Debbie’s passion for art began at a young age and has only grown. Her goal for the Fun Weeks program is to create awesome projects and encourage all students to come up with their own creative ideas and elements to add to each project and to realize that everyone has a different style of working, which is what makes each project and artists behind it unique. She wants her students to have fun and for this to be a positive environment where everyone can respect each other’s creativity and share their ideas with one and other.

Classes she will be teaching: Director of Summer Fun Week Program, School year vacation classes/workshops.
Chris Coyne
Chris’s specialties: Landscapes, marine scenes, seascapes and village scenes. Chris is Cape Ann oriented but has scenes from all over New England, including Boston’s South Shore and coastal Connecticut. After spending many years in New York City, it too has a place in his heart and art. Central Park scenes are also a specialty. He likes to make the gallery a fun place to visit and you never know who might be hanging out. He also tries to make my art attainable to all buyers. To purchase any of his paintings please email Chris at info@coynefineart.com as he happily accepts Paypal or please call & leave a message, he will return your call 203-543-1562. This is the link to Chris’s Facebook page.
Classes he will be teaching: Watercolor Workshops.
Libby FlanaganLibby quilt teacher

Libby is a longtime resident of Holbrook and has been sewing and quilting for 40 years. For 5 years, Libby co-owned Heart in Hands quilt shop in Weymouth, MA where she taught beginner to advanced classes.  Libby’s quilts have been displayed at The Quilters Gathering and the National Quilt Museum in Paducah and won best in the category at the Marshfield Fair.

Classes she will be teaching: Quilting for all levels – on leave for now.


Chrisi Hagar

Chrisi Hagar is a mom of 2 boys ages 13 and 16 and a resident of Braintree. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Studio Art. She is a trained Mindfulness Educator through Mindful Schools as well as being a Massachusetts K-12 certified Art Teacher. In addition to teaching Chrisi is a freelance UX designer, jewelry designer and swim team photographer. She holds several U.S. Patents for her work designing healthcare software. She was a featured designer in Fashion Manuscript Magazine in November 2008 for her work designing jewelry for various awareness causes. Chrisi has been drawing, painting and creating for as long as she can remember. She wants to teach children that art is more than being good at drawing and painting. It is about using your creativity to solve problems using different mediums. She believes that creativity cultivates Mindfulness and she teaches kids how to build tools to find strength and happiness from within. For additional info go to http://www.chrisihagar.com

Classes she will be teaching: Creating Gratitude Journals, Creating Vision Boards, and Intention Boxes


Kate Hooper

Kate is a lifelong Braintree resident and mother of two children, ages 5 and 2. She has over 15 years experience as a museum educator at Historic New England. Kate oversees the school and youth programs at Pierce House Museum in Dorchester and Quincy House Museum in Quincy. Historic New England’s programs offer engaging, multi-disciplinary experiences suited to a variety of learning styles. The programs allow young people to learn through multiple approaches, including hands-on activities, role-playing, and cooperative learning. Kate is excited to share her passion for history and make it relevant and fun for even the youngest learners. www.HistoricNewEngland.org

Classes she will be teaching: Twice monthly unique programs on colonial times. See class for kids for the description of upcoming workshops.


Lisa KorzecLisa K teacher photo

Lisa Kunz Korzec is a Braintree artist, teacher, and parent. She earned a BA in Art (Emmanuel College) and certification as an Early Childhood Director ll and Child Development Associate. She has over 20 years of hands-on, creative experience as an early childhood and school-age program educator, director, and owner. Her art experience extends from gallery and custom frame consulting work to original paintings and commissioned works. She participates in many local art associations and exhibitions and has private collectors throughout New England. As the mother of 3 creative young adults, she has also become an avid supporter of local dancers and musicians. Click Facebook – Lisa Kunz Korzec Art

Classes she will be teaching:  Creative Kids, Inspired Art; Adult Open Art Studio


Owen KorzecOwen Korzec

Owen has been a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for over 10 years. He has been a student at Berklee College of Music for 2 years with a major in Professional Music with a focus on songwriting. Owen has written an entire album of original music for his solo project, with the second album in progress. He has also co-written with other songwriters on several projects in a wide variety of genres.

Classes he will be teaching: Song Writing Tune-Up


Don “dj” Lutz Jr.

Don’s vocation is in the computer field. He has always expressed a joy theater. He became involved in theater in his early high school days at Randolph, MA and continued in College. Georgia Tech was his Alma Mater, and as an engineering school, it provided unique opportunities for learning theater particularly, technical theater giving Don a well-rounded education. Under the direction of 5 Tony Award Nominee, Dana Ivey, he learned much. Don co-founded The Genesian Players of South Weymouth. He volunteered and ran a Children’s Theater program. He says: “It is one of the joys of my life, to see a quiet, mumbling child who can learn to project, find joy in working with others and beam onstage when a job is well done.” To read Don’s bio in full click on his photo.

Classes he will be teaching: Children’s Theater Workshops


Danielle McKenna

Danielle began her yoga practice in 1996 in NJ. She moved to Boston in 2006 and continued her practice through her 4 year Roller Derby career with the Boston Derby Dames. In 2016 She completed her Certified Children’s’ Yoga Teacher training and Founded Go!Yoga, a practice for children, teen and family yoga. Danielle homeschools her little yogis, Maxwell Rocket and Tallulah Belle, and loves having the opportunity to bring yoga to kids on Boston’s south shore. Danielle believes yoga should be accessible to everyone and her intention is to bring diversity, fun, and energy to classes and inspire students to be themselves. Beyond yoga and homeschooling, Danielle loves ice cream, solid hugs, taking on domestic projects to Cheap Trick and Minor Threat and indulging her obsession with Hello Kitty.. See her website at http://www.goyogaboston.com/; Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GoYogaBoston/?fref=ts

Classes she will be teaching: Children’s Yoga


Linda SchatzLinda S teacher image

Linda Schatz has 35 years of teaching experience with a BS Degree in Studio Art from Skidmore College, and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Rhode Island School of Design. Currently, she is working at the Norwood Extended Day Program as the Third Grade Lead Teacher/Art Teacher. In her free time, she creates oil paintings and loves to travel. Linda also does “Pet Portraits” original oil paintings from your photos. You may contact her at schatzfam3@comcast.net with questions.

Classes she will be teaching: Ceramics for children, look for upcoming workshops, summer programs too.


Nicki ShabanNicki S teacher photo

Using different fibers in art has been a passion of Nicki’s since the 1970’s,m when as a teenager, she created macramé jewelry. In the 1990’s, Nicki entered the world of basket making. Known for her “wearable” works of art, she began teaching classes in miniature black ash basketry. Nicki’s designs have been published in the book “Making The New Baskets.” Her newest interest is loom weaving with various types of fibers and techniques. The mission of the South Shore Fiber Art Guild is to create a forum for all levels of fiber artists to share their ideas, knowledge and of course passion for their craft.

Classes she will be teaching: Fiber Art Guild


Anne Stuart

Anne Stuart, a long-time Braintree resident, is a professional writer and editor who explores visual art on the side. She’s currently an editor at a Boston-area college. Previously, she was a freelance journalist, a print and online magazine writer, and a newspaper reporter, and she’s an adjunct professor of communication at two local colleges. She has taught writing workshops for nearly 30 years, and, more recently, has run workshops on art journals, artist trading cards (ATCs), and other personal and collaborative projects. She runs two Meet-up groups, one focused on writing and the other on mixed-media art. Contact her at annestuart@beld.netAnne and her husband, Ken Parker, have started a brand-new writing and editing business, Blue Hills Editorial Services, click on their website for details.

Classes she will be teaching: Writing Retreat, Writers’ Roundtables, Intro to Art Journaling,  Artist Trading Cards, SoulCollage Workshop


Jessica Tran

Jessica is an undergraduate student from Stony Brook University in New York pursuing a degree in Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning. Her interests in art range from analog photography, digital design, and more. Previously, she has completed drawing and design courses from Mass Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. You can learn more about Jessica at linkedin.com/in/jessicatran1210

Classes she will be teaching: Open Studio for Teens and Drawing Workshop for ages 11-15.


Marge TuckerMarge Tucker teacher photo

Marjorie Tucker is an award-winning quilt designer and quilting instructor recently relocated to the greater Boston area. The first quilt she made, over twenty years ago, was for friends expecting their first child.   “At that time, I didn’t know that quilting would become my passion and now my profession, but I feel so fortunate to be able to share and continue the tradition of quilting with my students.”Marjorie considers herself an eclectic quilter.  “I like it all! I started with traditional pieced quilts, dabbled in applique and now am enjoying the liberated style of piecing that is taught by Gwen Marston.  My first workshop with Gwen was a revelation!”  Marjorie has embraced and focused on this style of abstract quilting and design for the past several years. Her quilts are in private collections in Canada and the United States.  See: http://margetuckerquilts.com/about

Classes she will be teaching:  Improv Quilting Support Group. For supply list click here


Courtney Wilbur

Courtney is graduate of Framingham State University with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in history and is working on completing her Masters at Lesley University. She is a fourth-grade teacher in Waltham where she worked with SFW Director Debbie Coppola. Courtney is an avid sports fan and former college volleyball player. She looks forward to bringing energy and fun to each SFW theme.

Classes she will be teaching: Summer Fun Weeks 2017


Cindy Williams

Cynthia Williams a long time resident of Braintree and a mother of three children ages 12,14 and 19.  Was introduced to Scrap-booking back when her 19year old daughter was in her younger years! Cindy encourages others to scrapbook to make long lasting memories through your own creative style by cropping pictures and creating a personal scrapbook of memories to look at for a lifetime!

Classes she will be teaching: Holiday Workshop and Scrapbooking & Crafts