Brooklyn Design Lab would not be what it is without our instructors. All our teachers are professionals in their field and are working artists. AMY YANG
Amy has a BFA from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. Her photography has been exhibited throughout New York City and internationally. Amy spent a few years in the web world, and served as Creative Director of Screaming Media where she worked with Jay Chiat (he had great shoes). Amy is also the Amy in Lily+Amy, LLC, the clothing company she created with her mom. Lily+Amy outfits babies, kids, and grown-ups.
Teaching has always been a passion for Amy. She has worked in the Studio in a School's Early Childhood Program, as well as Medical Center Nursery School (an early childhood school affiliated with and supported by Columbia University) and Brooklyn Free Space preschool. Amy was also an instructor for eight years at Parsons School of Design, Pre-College Academy.
And, if you think you might have seen Amy feeding the sea lions and training the pigs at the Central Park Zoo years ago, you'd be right!
Amy lives in Park Slope with her husband and two children, Luna (13) and Mars (10). ELSIE KAGAN
Elsie Kagan is a painter who lives in South Slope with her husband and three children, Jasper (8), Lex (7), and Willa (2). She grew up in Berkeley, CA where she dabbled in swashbuckling, tap dancing, music, and clowning before finding her true love in the visual arts. In high school Kagan began painting large-scale community murals, a process that led to award-winning murals in Oakland, San Francisco, Connecticut, North Carolina and Seattle.
Kagan has a BA in Fine Arts from Wesleyan University and an MFA for Painting from Tyler School of Art (Rome and Philadelphia). She exhibits her paintings in NYC and nationally, and is active in tArt, an all-women's art collective. Her studio in Gowanus contains large oil paintings that reference 17th century Baroque tapestries and Northern European landscapes.
Elsie has several years of experience as a Resident Artist in the public schools, working with elementary through high-school students on projects ranging from mask making and storytelling to public mural projects. She is now delighted to be able to share her love of making things with her children. JANE ARCHER
Jane Archer began illustrating during childhood summer visits to her mother's hometown in the hills of southern Italy.
Jane grew and sketched onward, honing her craft at the University of Mary Washington in VA, the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, and in her various book design and art department roles at Random House and Simon and Schuster.
Today Jane is an Art Director and Illustrator based out of Brooklyn, NY. She is the creator and designer of a signature stationery line for Clarkson Potter/Random House called p.s. bella by jane archer-a gift product collection sold all over the world. Her illustrations, character animations, and design have been featured in numerous books, magazines, websites, and more.
Jane also has many years of experience working with and creating art with children. In her role as Director of Bellevue Events for the Inkwell Foundation (www.inkwellfoundation.org). Jane designs and leads monthly drawing workshops for patients in Bellevue's child psychiatric unit. She is also currently at work on illustrating and designing an empowering and uplifting cd for children (www.myspace.com/jumpingthroughhoops) created by Park Slope child-psychiatrist and violinist, Dr. Kari Groff-Denis.