Nancy Kopp

Teacher/Owner

,Art Instructors

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 Public Schools, Cincinnati Public Schools, and Divine Word Seminary School in Ohio.

In 1984, Nancy decided to leave the public school art programs and start a business called The Art Workshop out of her home. She felt that the structure of the school art programs was not conducive to kids learning real art terms, techniques, art history or to be truly creative.  It was started as an art enrichment program for children and soon grew to include adults, home school and preschool children.

After 10 years, 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 10 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.  She and her students have won multiple awards through the years including 2 NCECA (National Clay Educators)awards just this year.  Several of her students have gone on to become professional artists and art teachers, as well as starting their own design businesses.

Nancy enjoys volunteering and has 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 with her partner, Roger,  and their dogs, Benji and Zoey  Nancy enjoys watercolor painting, sculpting with clay and every imaginable craft.  Pinterest was invented for her!

Katie Swartz

Pottery Wheel Instructor

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.  She has taught in several area high schools but now is selling her own art online on Etsy, and in many art fairs across the mid-west.

Katie also enjoys spending time with her new husband,  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.

Ron LaCour

Cartoon and Comic Book Instructor

“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!

Pamela Palmarini/ New Instructor                                                                                                                         

Pam is an eighteen-year veteran art educator with a BFA in Design and Illustration and an MA in Art Education. Her  experience in several different Cincinnati-area public school districts has given her the knowledge and understanding of multiple learning styles, ages and levels of student engagement in arts learning. Pam is also fluent in the new Ohio Standards for Visual Art, and the fundamental 21st Century Skills that children need to be successful: collaboration and teamwork, creativity and imagination, critical thinking and problem solving.

Pam has always loved making things and sharing her interests in art making with others! She has taught, developed lessons in, and dabbled in creative areas from hand-crafts of every kind to fine arts techniques that touch upon almost every discipline, including: drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, paper & fiber arts, mixed media, design & illustration, photography, and jewelry & fashion. 

She has three smart beautiful daughters, a handsome sweet son-in-law, a gorgeous new grandchild, a charming poetic husband, and a wild-n-crazy Chug dog named Cady. Someday, Pam wants to travel to Scotland, Ireland, Italy, and Paris, and return to New Orleans and Mexico.

Pam is extremely excited to join our family at The Art Workshop and cannot wait to dive into what she describes to be her “North star” and her true purpose: teaching and sharing art!

Megan Bogenschutz

Summer Camp Teacher

Megan received a Bachelors of Arts from Northern Kentucky University in 2012 with a specialization in Visual Arts, a Ceramic Emphasis, and a certificate in Art Education. 

She has been a full time teacher in Northern Kentucky for 6 years. Megan also runs the Gay-Straight Alliance and Art Club at her 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. She is married and has two dogs, a chihuahua (Mr. Butters), and a chi-weenie (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!

Kayla Robbins Teacher & Summer Camp Assistant

Kayla Robbins is a recent graduate from the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program (Design, Architecture Art and Planning).  She has been working part time at the Art Workshop for 2 years, recently being the main after school teacher. In the summer of 2019 Kayla will be full time assistant in the creative camp classroom.  The students are thrilled because they love Kayla.

 

Covid -19 Policies

Covid -19 Policies

We will be following the Ohio issued guidelines for Schools

  • Class sizes are reduced to 9 in the classroom and 6 in the pottery wheel studio.  This was the recommendation for our space.  All children and teachers will wear a mask at all times.
  • Children will be seated 6 feet apart and will need to remain seated throughout the class. Students will not be permitted to walk around. If you KNOW that your child can not remain seated for 1 hour or will not wear a mask voluntarily, please do not send them to our studio. We will have a zero tolerance for breaking these rules. And the student will be asked to leave the class without a refund possibility. Please understand, this is for everyone’s safety.
  • We are offering virtual art lessons as an alternative to physically sitting in the class.
  • Each student will be given their own supplies to use during the class.   We are requesting students bring a shoe box or a plastic container for this purpose.
  • When a student leaves for the day, the table and chair will be sanitized by the teacher.
  • We will not be using aprons, so campers are encouraged to wear old cloths.
  • Students will be required to wear a mask in the main studio for pottery wheel. All wheels are 6 feet apart and spread out among 2 rooms. There will be reduced class size to 6 students.  Again, supplies will not be shared. Each person will have their own set of tools, sponge and towel for the week. It will be up to them to keep them clean. There will be a thorough sanitizing process after a student leaves the wheel. As usual, the campers will clean their area and then the teacher will do the sanitizing process. We will make every effort to keep students 6 feet apart while they are watching the instructor.
  • Teachers will always wear a mask when close to the children.
  • We will have sanitizers on each table for the students use.
  • Your child’s temperature will be taken upon entering the classroom each time.

Regretfully, we must suspend classes for the rest of this year for our 3, 4 and 5 year old students.  We do not believe that it is possible to keep them truly safe in our environment.

The same is true for birthday parties and girl scout outings.  They are being suspended until 2021.

This is a hugely different kind of experience than everyone is used to at the Art Workshop. But we will do our best to conduct fun classes in the safest way possible.