Arts Barn staff assists our Director.
Adult Education Director: Joanne Consentino
Prior to working at The Arts Barn, Joanne worked as the manager for a local restaurant and bar. She has previously held management positions in retail stores, has worked as an IRA Administrator and has been privileged to operate two home businesses.
With a life-long love for artistry and crafting, Joanne appreciates the time, effort and skill it takes to create a piece of art. Joanne hopes to encourage everyone to not be intimidated by the anticipation of achieving perfection in any creative endeavor. She believes that creating a piece of art is a unique personal masterpiece and the process itself is priceless. She looks forward to meeting artists, hobbyists and curious people during the process of creation, cheering them on and learning many things with them along the way.
Joanne resides in the Auburn area with her supportive husband, two amazing daughters and sweet, yet pudgy cat. With her family’s participation, they keep creating, experimenting, laughing when the project goes from masterpiece to mud and proudly admiring when the process of creation results in a celebrated family treasure.
Youth Education Director: Lauren Anderson
In her own words…
There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns. — Edward de Bono
“I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Art & Education from Kutztown University in 2008 and am certified to teach Studio Arts for grades 9-12 throughout the Columbia Union Conference.
I have worked as a Studio Art Teacher at Blue Mountain Academy for two years, and have been incredibly blessed working along side such amazing talent. As the quote goes “Some people dream of meeting their favorite artists… I teach mine.”
I am married to Mr. Incredible, AKA, Matthew Anderson, who is also the Cafeteria Director at Blue Mountain Academy in Hamburg PA, we have two feisty young kids, Ian and Vivian, a fur baby, (English Lab) Slaggy, and last but not least, Fishy Gobble Crackers, our beta fish😉.
My philosophy on teaching art is, “Art is a process, it is a search, and art depends on questions more than answers. Therefore, I focus on learning that challenges creative thinking skills and builds on each persons natural gifts.”