Music and art are two of life’s greatest and lasting pleasures. Both can be shared with friends, family and even a larger audience. Individuals of all ages and levels reap lifelong benefits from training, practice, and performance.
MSAC has been offering high-quality music and art instruction since 1997. Our faculty consists of talented professionals who are skilled and dedicated teachers. Each has chosen to teach here because they enjoy being part of this special community of colleagues, students, and families, all learning how to better express themselves through music and art.
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Brittany Buck-Art Teacher
Throughout my life art has been a positive form of expression I naturally adapted too. The importance of the creative process has shown me new discoveries about myself and the wonderful world around me.
Ages: 0-adult Experience: Edgewood College Art Therapy Students club (ECATS)
Studio E: The Epilepsy Art Therapy Program.
Intern at Madison Children’s Museum
Intern SPARK coordinator at WI Veterans Museum
PaintNite Artist Instructor 2014-Present Education: BA in Art Therapy at Edgewood College, Spring 2016
I believe the creative process has great benefits for everyone inside and out of the art room. It isn’t about how well you create something, it is important that you just create. Showing children this experience at a young age helps them grow, feel comfort, and discover self-confidence. My hope for each child I work with is to show them how art keeps imagination alive and encourage them to see the piece of art in everything.
Kallie Collins-Art Teacher, Administrative Assistant
Working with youth and families in the Madison community has been a passion of mine since I was fortunate enough to move to Wisconsin in 2014. Working with our hands, whether it be gardening, crocheting, or creating unique works of art, can be our most unique form of expression. No one garden, afghan, or art piece is ever like another, and all have been tended to and created with passion. That is a passion that I hope to pass on to youth at MSAC.
Ages: 0-adult Experience: AmeriCorps Alumni 2014, Wisconsin Youth Company Site Supervisor, Volunteer for Tri-4 Schools, Gardener, Crocheter, Youth Worker Education: BA in Criminology, with a minor in Sociology, focusing on youth and family studies from The Ohio State University, Fall 2013. Certificates in Early Child Care from The Registry
Nancy Daly-Art Teacher
Nancy Daly has been teaching the popular “Fabric Storyscapes” classes during the summers at MSAC since 1998. In addition, she teaches the Sewing Club during the school year and is helping develop a beginning stitching class for adults. Nancy has a degree in early childhood and elementary education from Hampshire College, in Amherst, MA. After graduation, she taught for several years before founding and teaching at Tenney Nursery & Parent Center in Madison, 1979 to 2002. Since that time, in addition to teaching at MSAC, Nancy has done frequent artist-in-residencies at WI elementary schools leading children in the creation of large mural story quilts. She enjoys having mixed ages in her classes with younger students learning from those more experienced, and encouraging all to work from their imaginations and experiences.
Ages: 6-14 Experience: Founded Tenney Nursery & Parent Center (Madison, WI)
Artist-in-residence, Wisconsin Public Schools Education: BA in Early Childhood/Elementary Education;
Hampshire College (Amherst, MA) Activities: Quilt conferences in Wisconsin
National Quilt Museum (Paducah, KY) Email
Kathy Engebretsen-Art Teacher
The adventure of creating visual art is exciting for young and old. It is critical to encourage the enthusiasm and spontaneity of children at a young age so they continue to explore their potential. Guidance from teachers and parents along the way will foster divergent thinking and motivate them to discover new connections between art-making and the world around them. As adults and children engage in this process of creation, we make our lives richer and more rewarding!
Ages: All Education: BFA in Fine Arts; University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
Jess Jacobson-Art Teacher
Having personally used art as an outlet to explore and discover myself and the world around me, I understand how important having a safe and encouraging art experience can be! I believe that art is a natural form of communication for children of all ages and skill level, and when experienced within a positive community it can lead to strong foundations in self-confidence and self-expression. I think the focus of an art project should be on the process of creating, exploring materials, and engaging with other students – and when this happens I find the students taking pride in their creations as well as with themselves.
Ages: Toddler-Adult Experience: Worked as an Artist for two summers through a summer camp facilitating art workshops, and spent a semester working at Cornucopia Arts and Wellness Center. Coordinated and worked with several groups through Edgewood College including Boys and Girls Club of Madison, WEAP: Wisconsin Early Autism Project, and Studio E: The Epilepsy Art Therapy Program. Education: Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy with a minor in Psychology at Edgewood College – Spring 2014. Email
Elizabeth Jesion-Program Manager / Lead Art Teacher
I believe that art is for everyone. The act of creating art alone can have many positive effects on the artist, this thought drives my passion to create art with students of all ages and abilities. I work with my students with the idea that the process is just as important as the product. I want my students to be immersed in the process of creating, and to take some of the pressure off of the final outcome. Typically, with this mentality, the student is very happy with the outcome of the finished product. My classroom is a safe place for students of all ages to learn, and express themselves in a fun and positive way.
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Ages: Toddler - Adult Experience: Work in MMSD, 2005 - 2011
Studied and worked with group
and single art therapy in schools,
elder care, and other community centers, 2005-2012
Studied and worked with group and single art therapy in the schools and other outlets with all ages from 2005-2007.
Studied and worked with art, cross-culturally in Thailand in the summer of 2009. Education: Bachelor of Science in Art –Edgewood College 2007
Bachelor of Science in Art Therapy- Edgewood College 2007
Post Baccalaureate studies : Art Education License –Edgewood College 2010 Email
Kestrel Kloppenberg-Art Teacher
I am a firm believer that everyone is an artist! Having an inspiring, supportive, and positive environment to be creative in can be the basis for building a sense of self-esteem and confidence. In a world where things are so concrete, it only makes sense that some ideas, thoughts, and feelings can be best expressed through the creative process. The classroom I wish to foster is one that will encourage artistic learning in an empowering way!
Ages: 0-Adult Experience: Assistant for Art classes at MSAC; Art Teacher for Project Girl, an Arts Based Initiative combining art, media literacy, and student-led activism; BASES Mentor for children experiencing homelessness; Coach for Girls on the Run. Education: BA in Social Welfare with a Certificate in Studio Art as well as in Gender and Women’s Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Spring 2017. Email
Alaura Seidl-Art Teacher
Art is a process of defining and redefining ourselves. By experimenting with new media, developing new skills, making mistakes, and telling our stories, we have a chance to explore the world around us while carving out our place in it. As a teaching artist, I enjoy discovering fresh techniques and materials and sharing those surprises with my students. Let’s make fun surprises together!
Ages: 0-Adult Experience: Past: Community Partnerships ArtSpeak intern, Mentoring Positives volunteer, residential and day camp counselor and art teacher, Outreach Specialist for UW-Madison Art Department.
Present: Community Arts Lecturer at UW-Madison, Founder and Lead Artist of The ArtWrite Collective Education: Bachelor of Science in Art with a certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies - University of Wisconsin-Madison (2012), Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy with a graduate certificate in community-based learning - Portland State University (2014). Email