About the Studio Art Class Instructors

Maureen Albano received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and has studied art in France and Italy. She has taught gallery and studio programs and co-written museum resources at The Carnegie Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her drawings and sculptures have been exhibited nationally, and explore the relationship between mind and matter.


Erin Bisceglia received her BA from Brandeis University and her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in affiliation with Tufts University, Medford.


Paula Pitman Brown is an artist who creates narrative paintings that communicate the complex relationship between people and animals in our urban world. She is affiliated with several galleries and exhibits throughout New England. Paula has taught painting and drawing for over 40 years, including high school art in Chelmsford, Ma. and with Waltham Public Schools, Decordova Art Museum in Lincoln, Ma., and the Multicultural Art Camp, as well as a variety of Zoom, FaceTime and private art classes. Paula has an Art Education Degree from Suffolk University and Boston State College as well as a BFA with distinctions from Massachusetts College of Art where her major was Painting and Art History.


Isabel Cole is an educator and artist living in Salem, MA. She received her BA from Boston College where she studied studio art and educational psychology. With a focus on painting and drawing, Isabel creates comical scenes that reflect everyday life. Her previous work experience at the McMullen Art Museum at Boston College and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum have exposed her to the important role museums play as cultural sites for the communities they serve. Isabel currently works at the Museum of Fine Arts as a Studio Art Instructor and the Community Arts Liaison with the Yawkey Boys and Girls Club of Roxbury and the Berkshire Partners Boys & Girls Club.


Katie Forsyth is a Boston native and graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Teaching from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts and has worked within the MFA’s Studio Art Classes since 2016, having served as an intern, assistant teacher, and now as lead teacher.


Eda French holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Born and raised in Portland, Maine, Eda comes from a family of artists; her mother an illustrator and her father a photographer. Eda began working with the Museum of Fine Arts Studio Arts as an intern, became a class assistant, and now has transitioned into a lead teacher. Outside of teaching for the MFA, Eda is a practicing illustrator creating colorful and vibrant work in both traditional and digital mediums.


Stacy Friedman is a Boston-based artist, instructor, and collaborative printer. She received a BFA in Printmaking and History of Art from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She works at Mixit Print Studio and Muskat Studios, assisting artists in producing intaglio, relief and lithographic editions, as well as monotype series and installation pieces. Her work uses a variety of printmaking techniques to explore themes of lineage, memory, and identity. She has been exhibiting her work nationally and teaching printmaking workshops at Mixit Print Studio and Massachusetts College of Art and Design.


Samuel Gareginyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. He graduated from Terlemezian Fine Art College and Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts. Samuel exhibited his works in Armenia, Russia, Lebanon, Spain, England, Turkey, Argentina and the United States. His paintings are in permanent collections and archives at the Museum of Modern Arts of Armenia, the Fund of the Artists Union of Armenia, Armenian Library and Museum of America. Since 1997 he lives in the United States exhibiting his works in the galleries and museums of America and abroad.


Sarah Goldsmith is an art educator and multimedia artist based in the greater Boston area. Her works include performance, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, and installation. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and an MAT degree from Tufts University. Sarah has experience teaching art to a range of ages and loves to share her passion and knowledge with her students.


Yoahn Han is a visual Artist (painter), from the Republic of Korea. He currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts where he received his MFA 2D at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MASS ART). He obtained a Bachelors of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). YoAhn’s work has been shown internationally in the United States, South Korea, and the Netherlands. Recent solo shows include “My Princess, Bari” at ART MORA Gallery in New York and “Dreaming Universe” at the Institute of Russian Healing Arts in Boston. His work has also been exhibited at several group shows including Seventh Juried Exhibition at Prince Street Gallery in New York and ART BLOSSM Exhibition at ART MORA NJ. Besides shows, YoAhn had illustrated a Children’s book, “King Leon in Lybeth” and “Science of Psychic Defense” He is currently teaching at MassArt and MFA, Boston. He was born in Seoul Special City and raised in the city of ChunCheon, Gang-Won province in South Korea.


George Hancin is a painter concentrating on urban, suburban and rural landscapes that explore how light, shadow and time describe a place and set a mood. George received an art education degree from Kent State; a painting degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and completed his masters at Yale in the 80's. George has been a member at Bromfield Gallery and has shown his work in solo and group shows at the Amos Enos Gallery, Attleboro Art Center, Montserrat among others. After 26 years of teaching high school art, George is retired and putting his full attention into his painting and teaching continuing ed.


Ashley Karamanis holds a Master of Arts in Teaching in Art Education from Tufts University in affiliation with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Susannah Lawrence is a multimedia artist whose works include drawing, sculpture, installation, site-specific video, interactive public art, and patented inventions. Her work has been exhibited nationally and abroad, and she has studied art in Australia, England, Germany, Italy, and Spain. For the Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Youth Programs, she teaches sculpture, drawing, painting, and art theory. She is the coordinator for the Urbano Project’s Visual Art Curator Program and a mentoring instructor for the 100K Art-Science Prize Program at the Cloud Foundation in Boston.


Justin Life is a Boston based artist and educator. He received an MFA from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts (‘07) and a BFA in painting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (‘02); he also studied at the Winchester School of Art at Southampton University in England (‘02). He shows locally and nationally, most recently at the University of North Carolina’s Drawing Discourse Exhibition (’17). Life is a part time professor at Tufts University and a teacher at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.


Caitlin Mavilia has her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a Masters of Art in Teaching from School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Since 2015, she has worked with the MFA Studio Art Classes in a variety of capacities, including as an intern, assistant teacher, summer assistant, and now lead teacher, covering a wide range of ages and media.


Elissa Na is an art educator living and working in the greater Boston area. She graduated from Smith College with a BA in Architecture, and obtained a MAT in Art Education from the School of Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Since obtaining her educator license, Elissa has taught a wide range of art styles and media to preschool through 8th grade students. In her free time, she enjoys creating small figure drawings and sharing them through social media. Elissa currently works as a visual art teacher at Blessed Sacrament School in Walpole.


Fran Osborn Blaschke is a photographer who graduated from the New England School of Photography professional program. His artistic vision is influenced and inspired by his family, science, astronomy, music and poetry. His photographs have been shown at various venues in the New England area, including the Photographic Resource Center, the Danforth Museum of Art and the Griffin Museum of Photography.


Brian Reddy is an artist and educator working as the drawing, painting and digital art teacher at Wellesley High School. He is a Mass Art (BFA Illustration '07 and Teacher Preparation Program '09) and Framingham State (masters in art education '17) alum. He enjoys sketching, travel and cooking.


Karl Stephan is an artist, educator, curator and consultant. He teaches teens and adults in his Cambridge studio, at the Museum of Fine Arts and at the university level. He has a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Guilford College and a Masters in Art Education from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. His work has been shown and collected on five continents.


Gianna Stewart is Boston-based artist with a passion for public art. She has created sculpture for the 2019 Underwater Museum of Art in the Gulf of Mexico. Her Iceberg, floated in the Fort Point Channel in Boston. She has also created site-specific temporary works for the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA, 8Nights8Windows in downtown Boston, ReCreation on the Boston Harbor Islands, and “The Local” commission on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and a Bonnaroo skylight at the Nashville International Airport. She received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/ Tufts University.


Robyn Thompson-Duong Primarily a figurative artist, Robyn works in acrylics at her Boston studio. As a black woman raised in the suburbs of Boston and often being the only person of color growing up, Robyn knows the importance of representation and seeing one’s self in the images and people around you, hence her work depicting women of color as the main subjects of her paintings. Robyn Studied visual art at Syracuse University earning a BFA in 2002. She later went on to earn an MEd from Lesley University. Combining her passion for art with her love of teaching, Robyn has been an art teacher in both private and public institutions. Robyn was named the Museum of Fine Arts Emerging Artist Fellow for 2020.