Nancy is passionate about teaching art and has been for over 35 years. Nancy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and is certified to teach K – 12th grade. She has taught in Perrysburg, Ohio, Public Schools, Cincinnati Public Schools, and Divine Word Seminary School.
In 1984, Nancy decided to quit her job in advertising to start a business called The Art Workshop out of her home. It was started as an art enrichment program for children and soon grew to include adults.
When her student base reached 50 students per week, she moved her business to The Fine Arts Center in Wyoming, Ohio. There she was the driving force behind all Art programs, both through the school year and during the summer for 15 years. Now located in the Queen City Clay building in Hyde Park for the past 9 years, the business has continued to grow and flourish in this all artist facility.
The Art programs Nancy offers are some of the most diverse and creatively inspiring art programs to be found in the Greater Cincinnati area. Nancy ‘s teaching experience includes working with children as young as 2, teens, adults, special needs adults, children, and teens, and homeschooled children. Several of her students have gone on to become professional artists and art teachers. She has also served as a volunteer for 30 years on the Wyoming Art Show committee managing the Student Art Exhibit and the Imagination Station, which features free art activities for children.
She lives in Wyoming with her dog Benji and enjoys playing with and creating art with her own grandchildren that live right across the street! Nancy enjoys watercolor painting, sculpting with clay and every imaginable craft. Pinterest was invented for her!
Katie Swartz is a native Ohioan, born, raised and educated here. She received her Bachelors in Fine Arts and her Masters in Education from DAAP at the University of Cincinnati. She joined The Art Workshop in 2013 and is a bright and cheery addition to our teaching staff especially during the summer! Katie also crochets and throws pots as much she can after her days spent at her current teaching job at Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton, where she is the studio art and art history teacher.
Katie also enjoys spending time with her fiancee, his kids, cooking, walking her dog, imagining what outfits to make for her cat Bill, if he would only try them on, and planning her next adventure in some distant.
“I teach what I wish someone had taught me as a kid, how to see artistically… dissect, distinguish and deliver with creativity.” – Ron LaCour
Ron LaCour is a native Cincinnatian, graphic artist and illustrator. He has taught children to draw since 2003. He is inspired by the enthusiasm and joy that cartoon classes generate. His training is in fine arts, so drawing principles and concepts are a big part of his lessons. Through teaching watercolor painting, cartooning, sequential art, and visual story-telling he is able to explain to others the methods and aesthetics of the art form he loves so much. It’s his personal drive that keeps him going and his optimism that fuels his creativity.
He obtained an Associate Degree in Graphic Design and is employed by Nash, Finch Company of Cincinnati. His competitive drive has led him to work in animation, conceptual arts, marketing, and teaching. Ron is currently working on illustration projects including a graphic novel adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe works and a children’s book entitled “As the Chicken Flies.” We are excited to have Ron and his enthusiasm for cartooning and kids at the Workshop. Come and give Ron’s classes a try!
Megan received a BACHELOR OF ARTS FROM NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY in 2012 with a specialization in Visual Arts, Art Education, with a Ceramic Emphasis. She is currently in the Master’s Program at NKU.
Megan works part-time at the CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM, Cincinnati as a Rosenthal Education Center Assistant where she helps plan activities for the museum.
She teaches full time at CONNER HIGH SCHOOL in Hebron, KY. Megan also runs the Art Club at the school and is a member of the NAEA (National Art Education Association)
Megan loves to travel, as much as she can on a teacher budget lol. She is married and has two dogs, a chihuahua, and a chi-weenie! Mr. Butters and Shirley. They are her babies. She was born in Virginia but was raised and still live in Northern Kentucky. But she dreams of living in New York… maybe one day!
Her passion in art is clay! She will fit in wonderfully here!