Instructors

Instructors2018-08-11T14:05:14+00:00

Have a talent for art? Are you a willing professional?

Join our amazing team of instructors — GNAL is looking for individuals to lead in DrawingLife Class, Printmaking, Sculpture and more! Contact us today for details!

Michael Adams

Michael Adams is a freelance illustrator and designer. As a fine artist, his favorite subject matters include portraits, birds and landscapes in watercolor, acrylic and sculpture. For many years he taught at the University of the Arts as a Senior Lector in the Illustration program. At Greater Norristown Art League, he teaches watercolor classes. Visit his website at michael-adams-studio.com

Jo Ann Cooksey Bono

I am a multimedia artist and teacher from Longwood College in VA with a degree in Elementary and Secondary Art Education. My background includes experience in journalism and advertising. Currently, I teach watercolor, collage and drawing to adults and children and enjoy my work and my students very much. I am a signature member of the Philadelphia Water Color Society and the National Collage Society. My goal is to encourage my students to create dramatic compositions and to discover a personal artistic vision. jcookseybono.com

Ann L. Brennan

Ann L. Brennan is a local artist and teacher whose life experiences, emotions and mood are reflected in her work. Ann studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Her list of awards is numerous. She has had several very successful one woman shows and does commission work which includes portraits of people and animals, houses and landscapes. She has illustrated book covers and designed etched glass windows for a local church.

Joy Cognata

I’ve been involved in the arts throughout my entire life. I have studied art at Montco and received my Bachelors Degree in Fine Art from The University of the Arts. I enjoy painting with watercolor and I have a fascination for experimentation whether it be with paint or sculpture. I am currently an art instructor at Painting with a Twist in Skippack, and am so fortunate to continue to pursue my love for art after graduation. My greatest recent accomplishment was illustrating a 4-part children’s book about a bunny titled “The Adventures of Fuzzytail” published 2016.

Lauren Keller Daddona

The process of playing with paint is visually exciting to me. Always asking what if leaves me open to new ways of approaching the process of art. Watermedia takes me on a journey and in turn my viewers enjoy the journey also. I value the emotional responses they share when viewing my work. I am a signature member of The Philadelphia Watercolor Society, The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and The Baltimore Watercolor Society. Laurendaddona.com

Teresa DeSeve

 Teresa DeSeve is a nationally recognized artist whose large figure paintings are most  often created in pastel. Teresa holds a Signature and Master of Pastel status with the Pastel Society of America, the oldest  pastel society of painters in America. She is a Signature member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, and a winner  of the Crest Medal. Teresa has been featured in the Pastel Journal Magazine, and Pastlegram. She teaches pastel at the Greater Norristown Art League, and the Wayne Art Center. “I learn so much from observing my students develop their paintings and their ideas about painting. It is a privilege to share their creative lives.”

Pat DeVirgilis

Ten years ago I moved here, after teaching at the University of Scranton. I currently exhibit my paintings at the Salmagundi Art Club, NYC, where I have been selected as an Artist Member. I have participated in numerous shows including Phillips Mills, Historic Yellow Springs and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, where I am a Signature member. I received a BFA from Marywood University, honored w the Excellence in Design award and studied further at the Art Students League, NY. Locally, I teach studio classes and conduct Plein Air workshops. I am active w the Peace Valley Plein Air Painters. patricedevirgilis.com

Doug Tweddale

I have been an artist my whole life. I remember being nine years old and oil painting with my Uncle Lester Gallagher, an artist from the Midwest who loved painting the sand dunes of Lake Michigan. For the last 30 years, I have been a pastel artist, and for half of that time I have studied with Master Painter Albert Handell. Now that I have retired, I have the wonderful opportunity of making painting my first priority as I travel this beautiful country with my wife Sue. So far, we have been on two three-month extended trips to many National Parks out West. A story of our 2015 journey and my travel art work was just published in the August issue of the Pastel Journal. During our travels, I conduct “Living the Dream” Plein Air Workshops to share my artist’s knowledge and experience with students as we enjoy painting our treasured National Parks. dougtweddale.com

Anne Whalon

Anne Whalon

Anne received her formal education at Rosemont College and Villanova University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. She later studied textile design at the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences (since renamed Philadelphia University) and The Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia. She then worked in New York City as a textile designer and fabric stylist. After NY she returned to the fine arts and now works exclusively producing and teaching fine art. Anne is a signature member in the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society. Anne paints in both watercolor and pastels. She is an award winning artist and has received many awards for her paintings.

Arnold Winkler

Arnold Winkler

I was born in Möllbrücke, a little village in Austria at the beginning of World War II. My father instilled the love for photography in me at the age of 4 years. It is still my hobby of 68 years and counting. After working for an international computer company and taking pictures all over Europe, I finally ended up in Blue Bell. After retiring in 2004, I started exhibiting my photos and digital art at GNAL and joined in 2006. Photography is still my hobby, and I started teaching an introductory class a few years ago, and I learned the basics of Adobe Photoshop. I love sharing my knowledge of this complex program.