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Paint, Draw & More! 25 Old Mill Road, West Redding, CT 06896 (203-544-8551)

Owner: Susan Jackson loves to teach drawing and painting! Owner of Paint, Draw & More!, Georgetown School of the Arts, and Masters and Mixers, Susan has been committed to art education for over 20 years. While earning an undergraduate degree as an industrial and graphic designer and then a Master’s in scenic painting, Susan held many jobs as an art instructor, teaching drawing, painting and scenic design to children. After working as a show designer at Disney Imagineering, Susan made her way back to the classroom, teaching at the Monart School of the Arts in California. At Monart, she was trained by Mona Brooks, author of Drawing with Children and Drawing with Older Children and Teens. Upon returning to CT, Susan has been arranging and teaching drawing/art classes throughout Fairfield County. In 1994 Susan opened the Paint, Draw & More! Studio, and along with teaching children and adult classes, has been teaching training workshops for teachers to use drawing in the classrooms of public schools.

Steve Burke writes “I was always interested in the mechanics of how things work and at the same time fascinated with sailing. In my 20's I followed my heart to the mechanics of the internal combustion engine and earned a license in auto repair and maintenance from SAAB International. My second career was as a machinist at a small R+D firm where I gained experience working on interesting equipment, shaping and experimenting with a wide variety of materials. By then, I had owned and restored several large classic wood boats and designed and marketed a "personal sized" land and ice sailboard. Soon after I began a home construction company specializing in design, restoration, additions, and cabinetry. The inner satisfaction of designing and creating has provided me with decades of rewards. Using my expertise in design, mechanics, and woodworking I have now turned to teaching to share my experience with students who have similar interests to those I had as a child."

Jo-Ann T. Claybourne, a CT native, attended the School of Visual Arts in NY, NY where she expanded her experience in sketching, drawing, painting and mixed media. Jo-Ann is gifted with the vision to create exciting pieces of artwork using different media. She enjoys exploring her creativity to it's fullest, each time Jo-Ann creates a new piece she is driven to enhance her technique; using feathers, fabric, wood, dried flowers... The combination of vibrant colors and mixed media gives each piece of artwork a life of it's own. Her commitment to explore her heritage has won her not only regional acclaim but also the attention of national collectors.

Kathy Coe studied at DuCret School of Art in New Jersey, Pratt Institute and The National Academy of Fine Art and Design in New York with Dr. Furman Finck, Ronald Sherr, Harvey Dinnerstein, and Marybeth McKenzie. She has won numerous awards for her work including: The Elizabeth Green Shields Grant, The National Academy Annual Helen M. Loggi award, The James Sudan Bronze medal, and The Salmugundi Silver Medal for drawing. Kathy says, "Portraits have always been of interest to me for the depth, beauty, and challenge that they offer. The paintings and drawings that I do have many layers of real moments in which I use refinement, balance and subtlety to bring forth the complexity and character of a person, but it's finding what's inside that is of most interest to me. Through drawing and painting, I am able to translate the inner essence of an individual and attempt to bring something intagible to the surface."

Anastasia Gussen: With a degree in molecular and cell biology, Anastasia Gussen is also trained in all traditional types of media; pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, paint and photography. She has participated in invitation only life drawing classes and has completed a graphic design program at Pratt Institute. She is a member of the Weston Commission for the Arts and through her non-profit AnastasiaThinks Inc. Anastasia is writing and publishing a series of children’s books featuring calculus, organic chemistry, anthropology, evolution and philosophy; topics which young children are rarely exposed. Paint Draw and More is thrilled to have Anastasia join our staff of fine teachers.

Jessica LaRock resides in Darien, CT and has studied at London College of Fashion, Art Institute of Boston, and is continuing her education at the School of Visual Arts. Jessica specializes in pop art, illustration and sculpture with influences from Picasso, Keith Haring to Tim Burton. She spends her weekends traveling to NYC to sell her artwork in Central Park and Soho. The time spent in NYC has provided wonderful clients and great conversations with people from all over the world about art. She is inspired by New York City, music, food and funny moments in life. Jessica has been seen on Martha Stewart Blog, the cover of Darien Times, and BreaThruRadio TV.