ArtsBank, Inc.

About Our Teaching Artists

How TeachING ARTISTS are Selected

ArtsBank strives to hire the best qualified artists who are experienced as teachers. When placing teaching artists, we consider the schools requests, and the artist’s preferred medium, education, and experience. Then, we match the teaching artist's workshops to the needs of the students and schools.

Teaching artists frequently work with the classroom teachers to enhance and integrate school or class themes and ideas from the core class lessons into the art experiences. Learn more at “How to become an ArtsBank Teaching Artist.”

TeachING ARTIST Biographies

The following teaching artists have been selected for the 2019-2020 school year.

  • Akiko Endo, native of Tokyo, Japan, currently lives in Elkins, WV.  For many years, she has practiced Origami, the folding paper art from Japan. She has taught private lessons on Origami and in the public schools in Randolph Co.   She is also an aspiring oil painter.  Her interests expanded to oil paintings of plants; creating abstract sculptural art with found materials such as packing strips and paper; and making baskets.

  • Sarah Ferguson is a graduate of West Liberty in K-12 art education.  She maintains her own home studio in Philippi, teaches classes for kids and adults at the Randolph County Community Arts Center and has been teaching with ArtsBank for several years.  Sarah teaches a variety of mediums in her ArtsBank classes, including watercolor painting, drawing, various paper arts and much more.

  • Kylie Proudfoot-Payne is a resident of Barbour County and graduate of Davis & Elkins College with a BA in psychology/human services and art education. She is a landscape painter and dabbles in a variety of different art mediums including conceptual and installation artwork. Kylie prefers to focus as a teaching artist on the elements of art with a scientific perspective while strengthening the students drawing and perceptual skills through STEAM programming. She also teaches enviornmental observation and enviornmental installation art in The Earth & the Arts Program with ArtsBank.

  • Kevin Woodcock is a professional artist, printmaker, and art professor at Davis & Elkins College. He was the print shop manager at The Art Medium Company for many years, a local commercial art firm, and has a BA from West Virginia University and an MFA from Louisiana State University. In his ArtsBank classes, Kevin teaches printmaking and watercolor painting through enviornmental observation in The Earth & the Arts Program with ArtsBank.

  • Emilee Goodman
  • Amber Kwasniewski is the Creative Director at Big Timber Brewing Company in Elkins, WV where she utilizes graphic design in her day to day work. Always having a passion for art and science, she decided to choose a field where she could study both and received her bachelor's degree in Interior Design from the University of Charleston. After graduating, she practiced commercial Interior Design for over twelve years in the Washington, DC area with projects throughout the country. Amber returned to the area to focus on her business and to dedicate more time to creating and discovering art. 

Previous TeachING ARTISTs

  • Jacob Currence
  • Danielle Cade
  • Carrie and Michael Kline are award-winning musicians and historians in the oral tradition. Michael holds a Ph. D. in folklore from Boston University and Carrie a M.A. in American studies from Syracuse University. Students learn the value of oral history and Appalachian culture by interviewing and interacting with the elderly. For more information visit their website
  • Jaime Kittle

“Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas”
(Donatella Versace)