Croton Academy After School Enrichment Program for Performance and Fine Arts
Cathy Anfiteatro, or “Ms. A” as she is known to many at PVC, has been supporting special education students at the school for more than a dozen years. A yogi for most of her life, she started practicing with her mom as a child. She has trained with yoga master Tao Porchon Lynch, Kamala Srinivasan, Josh Summers and locally, with Brigid Murray in Peekskill. She believes that yoga practice leads to a life of balance and inner peace. PVC: Peaceful Warriors Yoga
Natalie Arneson has extensive experience teaching several disciplines, including ballet, tap, jazz, singing, acting, and stage combat. Her successful career as a musical theater actress has expanded into that of director and choreographer of many children’s musical theater performances. She has directed and choreographed for several companies, including her own company, Spotlight Performing Arts, in Manhattan. CET: Musical Theater: Sing, Act, Dance. Grades k-2 and grades 3-4.
Tim Carrier is an artist and printmaker. He has more than twenty years’ experience in graphic, design, illustration and art direction. He is in the process of a career change to become a full-time art teacher. Tim's art instruction philosophy is: Art is valuable. Art conveys meaning, emotion, wonder and thought when words do not work. When an artist uses an eraser it isn’t for removing mistakes; it is just another rendering tool. Students, as artists, discover their environment and community by practicing critical observation thinking skills, evaluation, and analysis. PVC: Introduction to Drawing
Nanette Garcia born and raised in the Bronx, grew up hearing the sounds of Afro-Cuban drumming all around her. She began her study of the tradition with percussionist Frank Malabe at the Boy’s Harbor in Spanish Harlem NY, then went on to study the sacred drumming tradition with Felipe Garcia Villamil f rom Matanzas, Cuba. After field work in Cuba, Nanette co-authored the instructional book: Sacred Drumming of Cuba: Bata Drumming Matanzas Style published in 2000. Nanette has a master’s degree in Experimental Music Performance from Empire State College, and since 1999, has directed numerous percussion performance ensembles. She is the creator/director of the Talk n Drum Language & Music Program for Preschoolers, which employs drumming, singing and movement as methods to teach Spanish, Italian and sign language. She is presently piloting a program for students with special needs. CET: Talk n Drum
Brian Gunning has had extensive training in musical theater acting and dancing, which has included HB Studios, Stella Adler Conservatory, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and instruction with Bob Audy, Toni White and Henri Le Tang. Brian is returning to theater after an extended stint running his own fine art brokerage business and raising two teens, both of whom have inherited his love of theater and performing. CET: Musical Theater: Sing, Act, Dance. Grades k-2 and grades 3-4.
Sine Hjort, an artist, designer, and musician, grew up north of Copenhagen, Denmark where she benefitted from schooling that focused on creativity and allowed her to care for animals. An eclectic and multi-faceted practitioner, she traveled to NY in 1986 and has worked and collaborated with many well-known talents in many disciplines. Sine has recently been intrigued by the art of paper cutting and enjoys sharing the techniques she has pioneered with students of all ages. CET: The Art of Paper Cutting: Telling Stories, PVC: Cutting Pictures in Paper
Hillary Hostetler, MFA, is a practicing painter and former clothing designer with advanced degrees in both fields, She has a wealth of experience in teaching art for students of all ages from children to seniors at all levels including college. She, herself, is a prolific painter who often works in acrylics and her painting are shown regularly in galleries in the greater metro area, and online. PVC: Acrylic Painting Studio
Kevin Koch has been playing music for more than 30 years. In college, he taught himself guitar and bass before taking a cabaret class in order to sing to his wife at their wedding. Currently, Kevin teaches music once a week at a local daycare and offers private, in-home guitar lessons to children and adults. PVC: Guitar
Kazuko Omori has been teaching Japanese art & culture to children for more than twelve years. Her BOCES program, “Discover Japan through Art,” is taught many Westchester and Rockland schools. It offers unique hands-on activities which stimulate children’s interests in another country and exposes them to a new and exciting culture. She also teaches private language lessons and an adult education course. CET: Origami Fun & More
Tessa Rossi has been writing and creating for as long as she can remember. She runs the Writing Workshop at the Hendrick Hudson Free Library, and has led Creative Writing for Teens, Creative Journal Making, and other crafting workshops. She has taught art and taekwondo. She is a 2019 Arts Alive Teaching Artist grant recipient for the HHFL Writing Workshop Seminar. Helping people tell their stories and express their creativity brings her joy. PVC: Creative Writing and Creative Journal Making
Lori Jo Siegel has varied talents and interests and is a self-taught seamstress. A certified Public School teacher with a special skill in teaching reading and creative arts, she has taught in various capacities for more than twenty years including as an artist-in-resident at Webster Elementary School in New Rochelle, running music and movement and art programs in nursery schools, libraries and elementary schools throughout Westchester. Lori Jo is also a singer-songwriter and musician in the process of launching a cd of original songs. PVC: Creative Sewing: Crafting Creatures
Myrlin Valerio is a theatre director, producer, and costumer working in the Hudson Valley for over twenty years, and has been director of the Croton Academy for over fifteen. She works with children, teens, and adults teaching drama and comedy improvisation. Myrlin is a professionally trained actress who has worked with local and Regional theatre companies.
Young Rembrandts program research has demonstrated that there is a correlation between involvement in the arts and academic success! Children who learn to draw using the Young Rembrandts method develop spatial reasoning and fine motor skills, order and sequencing abilities, visualization and self-discipline as well as fundamental art skills. Our weekly classes introduce concrete ideas and techniques that enlarge children’s vocabulary, enrich their imaginations and build their minds. Our teachers come from all walks of life; having previous experience in managing groups of children. All of Young Rembrandts instructors go through the NY State Board of Education Background check and are held to the highest ethical standard. Their passion for art and kids help our students excel and create amazing pictures. CET: Elementary Drawing and Cartoon Drawing