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Our Instructors


Pat Lutz Owner / Teacher / Artist A self described landscape artist, this self taught artist's knowledge covers all mediums from drawing, perspective, watercolor, oils, acrylica,pastels and mixed media. Once the only teacher in her studio, she now has many artists that have studied under her, teaching their own classes. Pat currently teaches three Adult Studio Art classes.



Kate Carter Children & Teen Instructor Kate Carter has taught children & teens at the Artist’s Playground for seven years. She fell in love with teaching and is currently pursuing her Masters in Education. Seeing her students thrive in the classroom inspires her.


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Ashley Courtney Fiber Artist / Instructor Ashley received her BFA in Fiber Art from Mass Art and Design. She also studied weaving + textile design at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. She approaches fiber art in a loose and playful way. She teaches with the belief that everyone is already an artist.



Cara Connors Adult Watercolor Instructor Cara is an established local watercolorist who has studied with numerous international and local artists: Keiko Tanabe; late Charles Reid, Pat Lutz, Paul George, and Paula Grillo, and Caribbean artist Heleen Cornet. Her work has been shown locally and on the island of Saba in the Dutch Caribbean.  Website: Instagram & Facebook


Tina Kennedy Kids/Teen & Adult Instructor Tina has been a student at The Artists Playground for more than 15 years where she learned the fundamentals of drawing and painting. Her favorite medium is watercolor where she has experimented with adding line to her detailed landscapes and florals. Tina teaches afternoon children classes and also has an Adult/Teen Studio Art class in the evening.



Beverly Heinz-Lacey Adult Acrylic Instructor Beverly has been a student at The Artists Playground for more than 12 years where she learned the fundamentals of drawing and painting. Her favorite medium is acrylics where she has experimented with many different design approaches. Beverly’s most recent landscape paintings feature large shapes and bright contrasting colors.


Gerry Willging Non Objective/Mixed Media Worshops Gerry is a well renown acrylic and mixed media artist. She uses the elements of design and composition as well as shape relationships to create a cohesive story in paint. We are very fortunate to have Gerry hold some of her workshops here at The Artists Playground.


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Megan Biddle Abstraction & Mixed MediaMegan Biddle is a working artist and a school teacher in the North Andover Public School district for nearly 18 years. Her work borders modern expressive abstraction where her mark marking is inspired by the actions of both organic and mechanical structures. “I hope to shed light on the process of creating abstract work. Often there is a mystery to the how and why but I will offer my own perspective on how to be inspired by what surrounds you. I want abstraction to be accessible to all that find curiosity in the subject.”


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Rob Brun Adult Classes A native of Baltimore, Brun's interest and talent in art began developing at an early age. He pursued this interest through college where he earned his B.F.A. at the Rhode Island School of Design. He worked for advertising agencies for several years before founding the Independent Pencil Company where he honed his artistic skills as a professional freelance illustrator. After 18 years of commercial work, he made the transition to fine art. He found that solving visual challenges on a more personal level to be much more fulfilling. He has taught at various organizations in and around Newburyport as he enjoys sharing what he has learned with others developing their various talents.

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