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. In 2020, the Art Workshop was named in the top 2 places in Cincinnati for art classes! We didn’t feel bad about coming in behind the Cincinnati Art Museum. And we are so proud to be in their company!
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!
The photo at left is Nancy with Daijha at her first public art show ever. Daijha is a 10 year veteran at the Art Workshop!
Pottery Wheel Instructor
Mindy has been doing pottery since 2014 with Queen City Clay. Once she realized that it was her passion, she started her own business creating and selling pottery. The business is called Evil Twin Arts because Mindy is a twin! She and her twin love bunnies, and they have them as pets, so she creates a lot of fun bunny art along with her pottery for sale.
Mindy’s second passion is teaching kids. Which is great for us because Mindy has been teaching pottery wheel for 4 years at the Workshop. She is currently getting a Masters degree from Xavier University in mental health counseling. We enjoy Mindy’s creative approach to pottery wheel projects and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!
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.
“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!
‘sMegan 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 8 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’s 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.