School of Art Instructors

Where Critical Thinking Meets Creative Expression
Instructor Spotlight – Mr Vinny

Working and teaching for Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios, in both California and Florida, for over twelve years, his contributions can be seen in ten feature films and several short films, including twice leading artistic teams responsible for Donald Duck. His feature film credits include, “Aladdin”, “Lion King”, “Pocahontas”, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, “Hercules”, “Fantasia 2000”, “Mulan”, “Tarzan”, “Lilo and Stitch”, and “Brother Bear”.

Born in New York, this animator turned art teacher has been recognized by the Florida, Orlando Museum of Art for his fine art achievements, including sculpture, painting ,and wooden puzzle making. Working and teaching for Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios, in both California and Florida, for over twelve years, his contributions can be seen in ten feature films and several short films, including twice leading artistic teams responsible for Donald Duck. First in the short segment “Pomp and Circumstance” for “Fantasia 2000”, then again in a Goofy short made for television, “How to Haunt a House”.

His feature film credits include, “Aladdin”, “Lion King”, “Pocahontas”, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, “Hercules”, “Fantasia 2000”, “Mulan”, “Tarzan”, “Lilo and Stitch”, and “Brother Bear”

 

Also, to his Disney credit, he led the clean up animation department for the artistic short film, “The Little Match Girl”, which was released as a bonus feature on the “Little Mermaid” dvd. He also helped create animated kiosks for Disney’s Theme Parks, particularly involving the character ‘Cogsworth’ from “Beauty and the Beast”. Prior to work at Disney, Vincent was hired by renowned animator Ralph Bakshi in California, to work on his film for Paramount Studios, entitled “Cool World”.

After the Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida Studios closed their traditional hand-drawn animation studio, Vincent spent twelve years focusing his attention toward storytelling through three-dimensional Biblical-Themed Wood Relief wall murals for children’s ministries in churches around the country; creating theatrical sets; and teaching art to children as an elementary, middle, and high school art teacher for Foundation Academy in Winter Garden, Florida. Vincent studied animation at Sheridan College in Toronto, Canada, and holds a Bachelor degree in Biblical Studies. He is an ACSI certified teacher, FIE certified (Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment), and a First Lego League (FLL) registered coach. He has also been trained by professional puppeteers of Playhouse Disney in leading puppet performance workshops.

Meet Our Team

Unlike art programs that have students “follow steps” that lead to similar pieces of artwork or have “teachers” that don’t hold certifications, we provide an understanding of artistic technique and principles as well as ensure the best education for our students through certified teachers.

Miss Amy

Amy is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University and is a certified K-12 Art Educator and member of the National Art Education Association. Amy completed her student teaching at Neuqua Valley High School, Fry Elementary, and Robert E. Clow Elementary in Naperville, IL. Her art style includes mixed media and large-scale drawings and she possesses a strong background in visual culture and art fundamentals.

Miss Amy teaches Monday’s Introduction to Art and Tuesday’s Drawing for Fashion

Miss A

Bio coming soon!

Mrs Jennifer

Jennifer is a professionally certified educational therapist specializing in NILD, Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment, and Linda Mood-Bell Interventions. She uses this background to help students unlock hidden potential within themselves.