Kait Boyle has been teaching groups of children at the MFA and off-site for over five years. She received her Bachelor's in Creative Arts from San Jose State University in 2006 and her Master's of Arts in Teaching from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/ Tufts University with a concentration in Art Education in 2008. Kait helped to develop programs for Girl Scouts at the Museum, has designed and sketched a large collection of scavenger hunt tours for children, and has been an instructor for the Artful Adventures Birthday Party program since 2008. Kait enjoys teaching children of all ages, from toddlers to teens, and brings both formal (public school) and informal (after school program) teaching experiences to her craft. In her own artwork, Kait is primarily a painter, and is most interested in capturing people and their inner qualities or feelings. Her work has been displayed at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and in faculty exhibitions at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.
Jan Donghee Chang obtained a Master's degree in Fine Arts from Boston University with a concentration in Studio Art Teaching, and a Bachelor's degree from Hong-Ik University in South Korea where she majored in painting and Visual Communication Design. She is currently working as an art instructor in the Artful Adventures and Studio Art Class programs at the MFA. Jan is also the founder of Boston Art Studio, an educational fine arts studio in Greater Boston area. Jan has a Massachusetts Visual Arts Teacher's License for grades K-12, and creates her artwork using various drawing materials, watercolors, and acrylic paint.
Sheryl Chen received her Bachelor's in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently pursuing her Master's in Arts in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has taught English to primary school students in France, and taught children and teens about all types of art media at the Irvine Fine Arts Center in Orange County, California throughout high school and college. Sheryl is currently working as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program at the MFA and as the Community Arts Liaison for the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.
Dana DiNatale received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art Education with a focus in Community Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She also has a Massachusetts Visual Arts Teacher's License for grades K-12. Dana has worked in community based art centers, schools, and hospitals in the Boston area. She has training in early childhood education, special issues and art, art and literacy, and the arts in healing. As a visual artist Dana works in mixed media: painting, collage, and printmaking, and she also has a passion for photography.
Jake Fried is an artist and educator who has been teaching as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program at the MFA since 2008. He also brings arts education and studio practice to the Blue Hill Boys and Girls Club as the Community Arts Liaison. Jake studied painting at The Maryland Institute College of Art and Art History at Boston University. His paintings have been exhibited widely and are in numerous public and private collections including The Museum of Fine Arts at Western Carolina University and the Wexner Hillel Center at the Ohio State University. He has recently lectured about his work at Cambridge College and Boston University's School of Theology.
Lauren Hope Griffin is a recent graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, with a double major in Art History and Ceramics. She is currently enrolled in Boston University's Museum Education program. Also an artist, she creates works that examine the role of museums and historical study in the 21st century through humor, craft and internet memes. She also works for Historic New England as a Museum Guide, and at local studios as a ceramics instructor.
Amy Beth Harrison grew up drawing and painting but fell in love with sculpture in college. She holds a degree in ceramics from Brigham Young University and also has a Master's degree in Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art & Design with a concentration in sculpture. She has had residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft where she first began teaching. In addition to working at the MFA as an Artful Adventures instructor she also teaches at the Roxbury Preparatory Charter School and has taught with the Forest Hills Educational Trust and at the West End House Boys and Girls Club. In her free time Amy Beth creates installations and sculptures on home, landscape, and emotion, and has displayed in various locations around Boston.
Marlyse Hirschy has a Master's degree in Art Therapy from Lesley University. She has taught puppetry in schools and workshops throughout Asia, developed curriculum and taught art to students with autism, and designed and painted sets for community and public school theater groups. As an Artful Adventures instructor, Marlyse enjoys helping students discover the cultural, social, and historical influences on art, and explore their own ways of expressing themselves through art.
Miranda Hynes received her Bachelor's degree from Mary Baldwin College in Studio Art concentrating in painting and ceramics. While there she also studied psychology, art history, and piano performance. She is currently working on completing her Master's of Education in Community Art with a concentration in Visual Art from Lesley University. At the MFA Miranda is the Community Arts Liaison for the Chelsea Boys and Girls Club, an Artful Adventures instructor, and is also trained to bring art to children and families in hospital settings as part of the Artful Healing program.
Julie Martini is a visual artist and arts educator who currently works at the MFA as an Artful Adventures instructor and is the Boston Director for Artistic Noise. She has taught at UMass Dartmouth, Fuller Craft Museum, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and the Eliot School. Julie has also taught and made art with homeless individuals as the Artist-In-Residence at the Barbara McInnis House, through the Eliot School and hopeFound at the Kitty Dukakis Treatment Center at Shattuck Hospital, and at Pine Street Inn. She has also been an Artist-In-Residence at the Cancer Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. In her recent work, she explores how science and technology impact our worldview. She earned her Bachelor’s in Studio Art at Carleton College and her Master’s degree in Fine Arts at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Julie’s work has been featured in numerous exhibits, including the Design Science Symposium at the Rhode Island School of Design, “Flourish” at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and “By Hand” at the Brickbottom Gallery. She has received residencies at the Petrified National Forest, the Women’s Studio Workshop, and the Vermont Studio Center.
Bristol Maryott is passionate about the transformative aspects of viewing and making art. She received her Bachelor's of Art in English in 2007 from Yale University and started working at the MFA as an Artful Adventures instructor. Eager to learn more about art she moved to London where she completed her Master's in Art History in 2009 at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She worked in the Impressionist and Modern Art departments at Sotheby's in London before returning to the MFA in 2012. Bristol also practices and teaches yoga.
Silvina Mizrahi received her degree in Fine Arts at the University of Tucuman in 1991. Following her degree, she trained in sculpture under the supervision of different artists, such as Antonio Pujia and Antonio D'aniello. She specializes in different techniques including lost wax (bronze), Engobe (Native Indian Clay), and Valencian Sculpture. Silvina also studied dance and theater. She was selected for a solo exhibition at the Equator Gallery and two group exhibitions at the Copley Society Gallery, both on Newbury Street in Boston. More recently she was selected for a solo exhibition at the Argentinean Consulate in New York City and the National Museum in Tucuman, Argentina. Her work is part of several collections from Argentina, Uruguay, Australia, Israel, and private collectors in the USA.
Emily Munson has a degree in Art Therapy from Lesley University. She teaches in the Artful Adventures program at the MFA, at Boston-area schools and organizations, and is also trained to bring art to children and families in hospital settings as part of the Artful Healing program. As a Community Arts Liaison she enjoys working closely with the West End House Boys and Girls Club in their afterschool programming. Emily has also been very involved in teaching and expanding Special Arts, a class for children and families with special needs at The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center. In her free time she enjoys travelling, painting, and design.
Jason Springer has been an instructor in the Artful Adventures program at the MFA since 2005. He has also been a Community Arts Liaison since 2007, and is currently the liaison for the Yawkey Boys and Girls Club in Roxbury. Additionally, Jason is trained to bring art to children and families in hospital settings as part of the Artful Healing program. Besides working at the MFA, Jason is the Director of Education at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord MA. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from UMass Amherst and a Master's Degree in Museum Studies from the Harvard Extension School where his thesis topic was "The Connected Classroom: Digital Technology in Art Museum Education for the School Audience."
Jeremiah Stevenson majored in Studio Arts at Trinity College in Connecticut, and received a Master's degree in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art & Design in 2011. His teaching experiences have included teaching ESL classes in South Korea, spending five summers working at the Cambridge Adventure Day Camp, tutoring students at the Cambridge Hospital Adolescent Assessment Unit, and leading after-school art classes in his hometown of Cohasset, MA. He is currently trained to bring art to children and families in hospital settings as part of the Artful Healing program, works as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program at the MFA, and is the Community Arts Liaison for the United South End Settlements House. Jeremiah finds his inspiration mostly in drawing and painting.
Susan Thompson is a textile, fiber, and mixed media artist. She has exhibited widely in Massachusetts and other parts of the United States. Through her art, she has had the opportunity to participate in cultural exchanges in Cuba, Haiti, the People's Republic of China, Japan, and with Native American artists in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Susan has been teaching art for over 25 years in schools, camps, neighborhood houses, and museums, and has been an Artful Adventures instructor at the MFA since 1991. She is committed to using her expertise, talents, and skills, to share, enrich, uplift, and educate within her community and the world. Her goal is to serve humanity through her creative abilities as an artist.
Cynthia Woo obtained a Master's in Art History and Museum Studies certificate from Tufts University, where she concentrated in the Italian Renaissance and Museum Education. She started working at the MFA as a graduate student lecturer in 2006 and has been teaching as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program since 2007. She loves working with all age groups from toddlers to adults, and when not exploring and teaching in the galleries, Cynthia also manages youth and community programs at the Boston Center for the Arts.
Hilary Zelson graduated from Union College in Schenectady, NY, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor's of Art and a minor in Classical Studies. She also attended an artist residenecy at the Chautauqua School of Art during the summer of 2010. Currently living in Boston, Hilary spends her time working as an artist in mixed media and photography. Her specialty is using colored glitter instead of paint. In addition to creating art and participating in art exhibitions across the county, she loves teaching and currently works as both an Artful Adventures instructor and as the Community Arts Liaison for the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club.