Name: Claudia Venditto (Owner and Director of Blue Door Studio)
School / Outside class experiences / Studies: RISD M.A.T., Claudia Venditto is a Cranston Public Schools Visual Arts Educator ( 25+ years in elementary, middle, and high school experience)
Hobbies: Painting, drawing, gardening
Favorite thing about Teaching: Helping students of all ages learn about their unique potential as artists and seeing an inner confidence grow within them on multiple levels as they develop their artistic skills!

   

Name: Kimberly Marshall (Ms. Kim, Art Explorers Instructor)
School / Outside class experiences / Studies: Bachelors in Art Education, Kim Marshall is an Elementary Art teacher at Johnston Public Schools
Hobbies: Photography, ceramics, outdoor activities
Favorite thing about Teaching: I love helping students realize their love for art. The look on their faces when they learn about a new art technique or a new artist is priceless.

   

Name: Kristin DiVona (Ms. Kristin, Illustration/Graphic Design Instructor)
School/ Outside class experiences / studies: RISD BFA in Illustration and Masters of Arts in Teaching / Kristin DiVona is an illustrator, designer, and outreach educator for NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory. She designs and develops print, web, and interactive educational tools to connect everyday life to science, space exploration, and technology. She also works as an adjunct professor at RIC, teaching illustration and graphic design.
Hobbies: Hiking, hanging with my dogsstand up paddle boarding
Favorite thing about Teaching: It’s a toss-up… getting to share things I love and seeing how kids think.

   

Name: Susan Kolenda (Ms. Susan, Design Workshops Instructor)
School/ Outside class experiences / studies: Bachelor’s Art Education, NBCT Candidate, High School Art Educator at Lincoln High School / Susan Kolenda has a Journalism/Graphic Design Certification and is the president of RIAEA
Hobbies: Painting, mixed media art, spending time at the beach
Favorite thing about Teaching: Helping children of all grades to be creative thinkers and makers and using any art material to do this!  It is rewarding to experience a student’s sense of pride when they’ve created a piece they didn’t think/know they could!

   

Name: Erin Tourgee (Ms. Erin, Art Adventures Instructor)
School/ Outside class experiences / studies: BS in Art Education at RIC / Erin Tourgee is an art teacher at Burrillville Elementary
Hobbies: Photography, travel, and spending time with family
Favorite thing about Teaching: My favorite thing about teaching is seeing artists become totally immersed in their work, forgetting about everything and everyone around them.

   

Name: Ella Rose (Ms. Ella, Digital Media/Animation Instructor)
School / Outside class experiences / Studies: Ella learned from Ms. Venditto at Cranston High School West, has received multiple art awards, sold art as a freelancer and at the annual Wickford Art Festival, currently pursuing higher education in animation
Hobbies: Hiking, baking, art
Favorite thing about Teaching: My favorite thing about teaching is getting to see all the amazing work that students create!

   

Name: Victoria Venditto (Desk Assistant)
School / Outside class experiences / Studies: Grew up at Blue Door studio, Victoria is currently studying at Maine College of Art and Design for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation with a minor in Illustration
Hobbies: Illustration, writing, musical theatre enthusiast, running

   

Name: Alexa Gardner (Lexi, BDS Website Designer)
School / Outside class experiences / Studies: Prior long-term student at Blue Door Studio, Lexi is currently studying at the University of Tampa for a Bachelor of Arts in Design with Minors in Advertising and Public Relations
Hobbies: Photography, painting/drawing, design, outdoor activities (hiking, beach)