Art and Sewing Instructors

Kim Pilkerton


Ms Kim completed her BS in Business and Management at the University of Maryland College Park. While she works full time in the financial field, she has always had an appreciation for art. She has been sewing for over five years now, and loves to create handmade items that are both functional and beautiful. She owns a small business called Joyfully Sewn, and you can find her handmade wares at local shops and markets throughout the Southern Maryland area.


As a mother of two, and a former Cub Scout Den leader, she has plenty of experience teaching children. She teaches by way of “hands on” activities, as she believes that’s the best way for students to learn. She is looking forward to teaching young students how to sew and sharing her enthusiasm to create handmade.

Lisa Wyant


Lisa has always had a passion for working with children.  Her college studies were focused on Child Development and Social Work, specifically with school-aged children.  She chose to stay home with her children and enjoyed volunteering in their school classes for many years.  Her favorite class to assist in was art.  She was also a substitute Instructional Assistant in Fairfax County, VA.  For the past four years, Lisa has been enjoying being a Home Educator.  She is currently teaching the Environmental Art Class at Ms. Georgia’s homeschool co-op and is a part-time docent at Mattawoman Creek Art Center.  Lisa has always been an art lover.  Several years ago, she was able to visit the Louvre in Paris and would love to return.  Her favorite artist is Vincent Van Gogh and has a special place in her heart for any and all portraits.  Art and creativity have a large part in her life.  Lisa and her husband, Nick, team up to create beautiful pieces of wood furniture, wood art/cutting boards, and crafts.  Lisa is also a certified Kidding Around Yoga Teacher who truly enjoys seeing children relax and have fun while learning healthy habits.

Kym Davis


Kym Davis graduated from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia,Pa., with a BFA in Painting in 1994. Studied landscape painting at Wanganui Polytechnic in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1994. Prior to graduating from Moore, she studied Advanced Painting at the College of Southern Maryland and Advanced Life Drawing at the Maryland College of Art and Design 1989-1990. After graduating, Kym moved to the Orlando, Florida area and pursued a career as a Lead Scenic Artist, where she worked for Disney MGM Studios,  Disney's Animal kingdom , Nickelodeon Studios, Universal Studios and several Scenic Studios in the Orlando area until 2000. Taking the skills she learned as a Scenic Artist, Kym started her own Mural and Faux Finish business, The Artful Soul, in 1994 which she still owns and operates.  After moving to Stuart Florida in May 2009, she began teaching art and art integration as a Montessori Art Instructor at Bridges Montessori School,  Infant Toddler Art  Instructor for Summit Montessori Teacher Training Institute in Davie, Fl., Art Instructor for Gateway School to the Art for the Library Foundation or Martin County Florida, presenting Curriculum Integration Project Recognition Program and Judges choice Award for Curriculum Integration at the Learn Green Florida's Green School Conference until 2017. She recently received certification as a Therapeutic art Therapy Life Coach , and in Reiki and Color Therapy. In August 2017 Kym moved to LaPlata, Md where for the past 2 years was an art teacher at a private school teaching kindergarten, Elementary, Middle and High School.  Kym is currently an Artist in Residence with the Smith Center or Healing and the Arts, as a part of the Arts and Integrative Healing program for the Inova Schar Cancer Institute/Life with Cancer program and Washington Hospital Center. 

Karen Day

Advanced Art

Karen Day received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of art with a major in drawing and a minor in sculpture. She worked several years as a freelance illustrator for many publications, most notably for the Washington Post.
Karen enjoys combining her love of both 2 and 3-dimensional art, producing abstract collage and mixed media.
She has been an instructor for children and adults at the Torpedo Factory Art League school for 27 years. Karen enjoys doing wine and design events at various locations and art retreats for specialty groups and corporations. Her passion is to create a positive and fun personal artistic experience with all her students; enabling them to experiment and create outside their comfort zones.
Karen lives with her husband, Jim, in Maryland and is a doting grandmother of three.

Mareike Gutierrez


Mareike, a former nurse midwife from Germany, wife to a serving husband and mother of 4 artistic boys, is a homemade artist and art lover. From teaching and guiding young parents, to homeschooling her wonderful children, teaching comes natural to her. At present, she enjoys leading the Environmental Art Class at Ms. Georgia's homeschool co-op. She loves to create art with wood and painting large oil paintings.

Her lifelong favorite artist is Claude Monet, which led her to an unforgettable trip to Paris to see his masterpieces in Le Louvre, l'Orangery and Musee d'Orsay.

Her mission is to inspire young artists and to foster a love for art.

106 St. Mary’s Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646




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