All of our instructors have Pennsylvania child certification clearances.
Kerry Pease Coble - Owner & Director
Kerry Pease-Coble always said that she went into the family business. The daughter of two painters who served as college art instructors and administrators, Kerry chose art over international law and started her education at Maryland Institute, School of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. She received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design followed by a prestigious artist residency at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.
After living in San Francisco for 6 years, she returned east, where she gave birth to her son Jasper, the impetus for starting Art Matters Studio. Jasper came home from school one day and reported that his teacher said: "Your tree has too many branches." Kerry realized that Jasper was not being given the sort of art education she had: drawing on the studio floor while her parents painted, always encouraged to make whatever kind of art she wanted.
Art Matters Studio was created to fill a gap in arts education programs which have witnessed severe funding cutbacks in recent years. The studio provides an oasis for children and their parents who value arts education for their children. Since its founding, programming has blossomed with a wide selection of daytime, after school, night time and weekend programs offered for children and adults.
Kerry offers private lessons in acrylic painting, drawing, and mixed media.
Suzanne Charles - Instructor
Suzanne Charles has been drawing as long as she can remember. After graduating from Elizabethtown College with a degree in Elementary Education, she taught 5th grade in Souderton, Pennsylvania. She then married and moved to Lancaster County. During her years raising four children, Suzanne managed to squeeze in watercolor lessons, studying under many local artists, and, after 28 years, water colors remains her favorite medium.
Suzanne is a member of the Lancaster County Art Association and continues to show and sell much of her work. When not painting, Suzanne loves to garden, read, and spend time with her precious grandchildren. Suzanne sees art as a "voice" that we are given to express ourselves when words are not enough. It's a gift that, when used, brings joy to ourselves and to others. Suzanne offers private watercolor lessons.