LESLIE ROBERTS-BELKNER | Owner/Teaching Artist
As a lifelong artist, I am often dismayed by others who think they "cannot" draw or paint! I believe everyone has creativity within themselves, and along with that, an ability and a desire to express it. I knew that starting an art bar would be the perfect way for me to test my theory by sharing art, and it's profound effects on humanity, with a wide audience.
As a Museum Teacher at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, I was trained to lead gallery tours using Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), a discussion based method of looking at art whereby students use what they know about a work of art to figure out what they don't.
I've worked in a variety of mediums including oil and acrylic paint, oil pastel as well as digital mediums. In 2000, I founded a graphic design studio, drawing upon my years as an in-house designer for various companies in Boston including Student Advantage and Sam Adams (Boston Beer Company). But alas, my most proud masterpieces are my two wonderful boys, Ian, 11 and Noah, 8, along with my husband Rob.
REBECCA LEHRHOFF | Studio Manager, Teaching Artist
ESTIE MARTIN | Teaching Artist
I am a Boston-area native and recent graduate from Brandeis University, where I studied Painting and Anthropology. In addition to being part of the Paint Corner team, I also work in a day program for adults with developmental disabilities, where I try to emphasize art programming as an essential tool in developing independent living and expressive skills. I believe that painting is a full-body experience, and is all about the personal energy each person brings to their canvas. I love teaching at Paint Corner because we get to help you provide a voice to those secret parts of yourselves only accessible through art and we have so much fun guiding you through that process!
DAILING CHEN | Teaching Artist
I started learning still life drawing, painting, and fine arts at a private studio when I was five years old. Later, I studied textile design at the Rhode Island School of Design and graduatted in 2013. In my textile design career, I continue my skill and knowledge of painting and color theory. I enjoy teaching at Paint Corner Art Bar because I do not believe the preconception that only "artists" are capable of painting and I want to be able to share the experience of creating. I believe art is a product of what we see and everyone sees the world a little differently.
MAIYA THORNTON-HODGE | Teaching Artist