Education at TMA

Education at TMA is designed to fulfill our mission to connect and empower people through creativity and the visual arts. We promote the role of art in lifelong learning, foster critical and creative thinking, and collaborate with many partners to strengthen the arts in the Fox Cities.

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Our Programs

Classes + Camps + Workshops
Become the artist you were born to be.

Fields Trips + Group Tours
Guided tours for your class or group.

Partnerships + Projects
TMA in the community.

Teacher Resources
Maximize TMA’s impact in the classroom.

Young Audiences Fine Arts Series
Interactive performances and art projects just for kids!

SPARK!
Art engagement for those living with memory loss and their caregivers.

Restorative Justice
Empowering youth with skills to manage trauma, grow, learn, and heal.

Splaturday!
Our Saturday morning drop-in kids art class!

Our Educators

Anthony Abegglen an American multi-media artist, currently a filmmaker and freelance illustrator with several years of experience. He has recently ventured into the field of 3D media after receiving his BFA with an emphasis in 3D Studio Art from UW-Oshkosh. Many of Anthony’s recent artworks and films highlight the lifestyles of contemporary youth in America. Currently focusing on collaborations through filmmaking and creative direction with musicians and artists in Wisconsin, Southwest Florida, and California.

Cristian Andersson is an artist who works out of Matchbook Studio in Appleton, Wis. While he primarily creates abstract oil paintings, in 2016 he started branching off into installation and performance pieces that deal with contemporary concerns: the overwhelming nature of our news, navigating interpersonal communication as it becomes more abstracted through social media, and the balance between notions of the self and the greater community. He is also involved in community art events: curating small exhibitions of local artists, teaching classes to middle and high school students, and working with students from UW-Oshkosh in an annual off-campus invitational exhibition.

Nate DeRidder is a graduate of Cardinal Stritch University, where he obtained a degree in art education. Having grown up in Appleton, Nate has worked with numerous youth groups, creating artwork and teaching art classes. His time spent studying abroad has given a European flair to some of his work.

Stephanie Harvey is a Wisconsin born visual artist with a passion for promoting the arts in her community. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. It is here that she fell in love with printmaking and got back to working in the photography darkroom. More recently, she began doing embroidery and some mixed media fiber projects which incorporate her love of crochet, sewing and general love of crafts and weird “is this art?” type of things. Stephanie enjoys the enthusiasm that comes from teaching, exploring and engaging the community in art. She owns her own photography business, Boomerang Portraits, which specializes in black and white journalistic, storytelling portraiture of children and families. She teaches at The Trout Museum of Art (Appleton), local libraries, private parties and more. She is currently living life colorfully in Kimberly, Wisconsin with her best friend and two children. She is working with other artists, art organizations and community members on public art installations, workshops and casual art happenings to promote the arts in the Fox Valley.

Tyler Helfrich is an Appleton, Wisconsin artist focusing on sculpture, collage, sound, writing, and collaboration, but works in painting, multimedia, photography, glass, fashion design, and film. Tyler is currently a full-time artist and entrepreneur, creating art and events of many expressions in and around the Fox Valley. Influence of his recent art and events include archaeology, language, science, and philosophy of the human body, mind, and spirit. He received his BFA with an emphasis in Printmaking from UW-Stout. His current mission is to shake up the Wisconsin culture through art!

Carli Ihde is a freelance artist/illustrator based out of Green Bay, Wisconsin. After attending Kubert School of Cartooning and Graphic art in New Jersey, she went on to be published in numerous comic books and children’s books. Her animation work has been showcased in TV shows, commercials, and music videos. Carli has worked under comic book companies such as DC, IDW, and Dynamite. Through the website Hitrecord.org, she has worked on an Emmy winning TV show with Joseph Gordon Levitt. As a freelancer, Carli’s talents have lent themselves to a multitude of different public projects throughout the Midwest. These projects include murals, henna tattoos, installation art, pumpkin sculpting, and chalk drawing. Along with her freelancing career, she takes the time to work with her community as a teacher and artistic mentor to students and professionals throughout Wisconsin. It is her belief that creative thinkers should be brought into the spotlight in the form of leadership roles to promote change and progress in the modern world.

Leif Larson was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1981. He spent his childhood growing up in Appleton, WI. Briefly, He studied at Indiana State University, and then went on to receive a B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2005. His work has been shown throughout the U.S. in galleries, museums, universities, public buildings and exhibitions in locations that include Napa Valley California, New York City, and many Midwestern cities in Wisconsin and Illinois. His paintings, drawings, watercolors, and intaglio prints can be found in both private and public collections across the United States. Leif loves to travel and meet new people, and enjoys sharing his love of art with others. He has a studio in Oshkosh, WI.

Gayle Schultz is a graduate of the College of Creative Studies located a block from the Detroit Institute of Arts. As TMA’s lead SPARK! Educator, Gayle was introduced to Memory Cafes a number of years ago by a friend that began taking her mother. Her friend’s mother was experiencing the beginning stages of dementia. After leaving a long time position at the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, Gayle began working part-time and volunteering with Memory Cafes. This lead her to teaching at TMA. She sees the importance of imagination, not memory, in her SPARK! programs, and introduces participants to TMA galleries and various visual arts experiences. Gayle facilitates a number of SPARK! programs at TMA and a memory loss day center. Originally mentored by a former TMA Board Member, Gayle is now a member of the SPARK! Alliance ready to learn and teach more educators about the value in arts-based programming for everyone.


Michelle Sharp
is an artist and adventurer born and raised in Tarkio, Missouri. Working primarily with photography and bookmaking media, she finds inspiration in the mundane, the acts of sharing and discovery, literature, and structured systems. Michelle received a BFA with honors from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2015; her major was Photography with minors in Writing and Science. Michelle has shown work in various online exhibitions, such as Lenscratch and F-Stop Magazine, as well as Milwaukee galleries such as Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, The Portrait Society Gallery, and Gallerie M. Her zines and other book works can be found in collections at the University of Milwaukee Special Collections Library and The Athens Zine Bibliotheque. Most recently, her work has been exhibited at The Trout Museum of Art, Lawrence University’s Rabbit Gallery, and The Draw.

Jeff Zdrale is a self-taught artist using watercolor and water-mixable oil in his work. The winner of numerous awards, his work and is exhibited by several galleries in the Fox Valley. In addition to years of teaching students of all ages, Jeff has recently focused on teaching watercolor classes for special needs adults in the area.