Our Visual Arts Faculty

Sarah Sheffield

Sarah Sheffield

Driven by a passion for the creative process, Sarah has spent the early part of her career developing and implementing art curriculum and programs for students in grades Kindergarten through high school at Portsmouth Christian Academy in Dover, NH. She currently teaches Photography at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, NH, In addition to teaching, she also enjoys traveling and has studied art and worked with several nonprofit arts organizations both locally and internationally in Mexico, Kenya, and Italy. She is passionate about helping students learn to experience, explore, and express ideas and feelings visually and develop their understanding and enjoyment of the creative process.

Anna Nuttall

Anna Nuttall

Anna has her B.S. in Art Education and M.Ed in Integrated Art from Plymouth State University. Always enjoying teaching and working with children, Anna pursued a career that melded the two most meaningful areas of her life together: art and education. She loves living and working on the Seacoast and has a particular passion for creating opportunities for youth to develop meaningful relationships with local mentors, charities, organizations, and individual artists through art projects and programming. Most important to Anna is that young people have access to meaningful arts experiences. Over the past 15 years she has served on the board of Art-Speak and as a visual arts instructor at Little Harbour Elementary School in Portsmouth, Chair of the Department of Visual Arts for the Portsmouth Public Schools, and Director of Visual Arts Education at PMAC. She currently teaches visual arts at Portsmouth Middle School. Anna is the recipient of the 2015 NH Governor’s Art Awards in Art Education.

Education: B.S. in Art Education, Plymouth State University; M.Ed in Integrated Art, Plymouth State University

Aris Moore

Aris Moore

Aris Moore graduated with her B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA in 1998. She has enjoyed teaching visual art at Pentucket Regional Middle School in West Newbury, MA for the past 19 years. In 2012 Aris earned her M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from the Art Institute of Boston. She has had shows throughout the United States, and her work has been included in art fairs throughout Europe. She has been part of several group shows and had her first solo show at the Jack Hanley Gallery in New York City in 2012. Her work has been published in several books, including The Creative Block and Collage by Danielle Krysa, as well as featured in magazines such as Fukt Magazine for Contemporary Drawing and Frankie. She is the mother of 11-year-old twins and currently lives in Amesbury, MA. You can see her work on her website at peekadoo.blogspot.com.

Education:B.F.A., Montserrat College of Art; M.F.A., Art Institute of Boston

Emily Kalina

Emily Kalina

Emily Kalina is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. She has years of experience as both a commercial and gallery artist producing prints for textiles and products for such designers such as Michael Kors, Nine West Dress, HomeGoods, Target, and Anthropologie, among others. Emily enjoys working in traditional and digital media and has taught both private and group classes for a variety of ages and experience levels.
Since 2015 Emily has produced artwork specific to the seacoast and has been featured in numerous stores, galleries, and articles in the greater seacoast area. Her unique style has resonated with various retailers culminating in her work being licensed to vendors such as Amazon, Sears, allposters.com, art.com, prints.com, and WalMart among others.

Emily currently lives with her husband and their extremely photogenic cat, Neta, who has been immortalized in artwork. Her work can be seen on her website www.emilykalina.com.

Education:B.F.A. in Illustration, Rhode Island School of Design

Jillian Swist

drawing, painting, mixed media, custom project

Jillian Swist

Jillian can’t imagine anything more fun than working with others and creating artwork. For Jillian, the physicality of making art is simultaneously exhilarating and calming. She loves the unique connection between the mind and the body that happens while painting, drawing, and building. As she has a strong appreciation for nature and art, the Seacoast is a beautiful place for Jillian to call home. Jillian also teaches visual art at Sanborn Regional High School. When she is not teaching at PMAC or painting landscapes, Jillian can be found hiking in the White Mountains or swimming in the ocean.

Education:B.F.A in Studio Art and M.Ed., University of New Hampshire

Catherine Stewart

Catherine Stewart

Catherine is an award-winning freelance writer, director and editor with a passion for empowering people through creative arts experiences. Since emigrating from her native Scotland to New Hampshire in 2012, she has worked with a variety of organizations including Arts in Reach, Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Neoteric Dance Collaborative, and New Hampshire Theatre Project as a teaching artist, alongside developing her own practice in theatre and film. As part of New England Arts for Literacy Catherine uses stop motion animation to teach subjects across the curriculum.

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