Teaching Artists

Kristine Aono
Lead Teaching Artist, PYAO Apprentice Program

Kristine is a sculptor and installation artist whose artwork explores themes of history, racial and social justice, and her Japanese-American heritage. She has exhibited widely, with solo shows at places such as the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC) and the Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, CA), and installations and group shows at the Long Beach Museum of Art (CA), Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art (Evanston, IL), National Academy of Design (NY, NY), and the Washington Project for the Arts. Kristine is a MacDowell Fellow, recipient of numerous grants (NEA, MSAC, Painted Bride, etc), holds a BFA from Washington University (St. Louis), and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (ME). Kristine had been a teaching artist for several years before joining AOB in 2014. See her work at KristineAono.com.

Hector Catano

Hector Catano
Lead Teaching Artist, Youth Arts Movement (YAM)

Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Hector Catano is a visual artist and educator with more than 20 years of experience and two master’s degrees in Art Production and Art Creation and Research from Spain. Hector has taught visual arts to different communities in Colombia and The U.S. funded mostly by the government, including children in extreme poverty, children with disabilities, homeless people, as well as college, primary, middle, and high school students. As an artist, he has been featured in more than 30 national and international group exhibitions as well as 4 solo art shows.

Athena Corbin
Lead Teaching Artist, Studio Crew

Athena Corbin is originally from Silver Spring MD.  Currently, she is a Teaching artist and Studio Manager for Arts on The Block.  Athena has been a photographer for over 10 years and has dabbled in Illustration and other media for over 20 years. In 2019 she was given the opportunity to show work at Pyramid Atlantic’s 10 x 10 show.  Athena decided to experiment with a new medium: Textile/Embroidery. The end result were 2 wonderful pieces that are a conversation about colonization and the imprint/legacy it leaves behind.  Athena is currently in the works to further expand upon this work.

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Julia Davenport
Digital Studio Manager

Julia Davenport is a digital artist and animator inspired by stories and fantasy. She also knits and is learning to crochet. She graduated with an Animation degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She was first an apprentice with the Pour Your Art Out program in summer 2014. She then became the Assistant Teaching Artist for the program’s summer sessions from 2016 to 2018. She currently works as the Digital Studio Manager to assist youth to understand and utilize digital software to best support Arts on the Block.

Serena Feingold
Management Fellow & Teaching Artist, PYAO Apprentice Program

Serena Faye Feingold is a craftswoman and community artist who works primarily in ceramics, painting, metal, and performance. She was raised in a colorful, lively, Jewish household full of lyrical prayer and decorative objects and would spend hours in her Grandmother’s studio, painting by her side and playing with broken Italian ceramics and old Czech puppets. As she grew into her own art practice, that attachment to objects and ritual grew as well. Her current work is an exploration of narrative storytelling through hand-painted sculpture and musical performance. She translates her skills in craft and storytelling into her community arts work and always strives to create an open and creative teaching atmosphere.

Aurelia Javier
Lead Teaching Artist, Youth Arts Movement (YAM)

Aurelia Javier is a fine artist and arts educator originally born in Miami, Florida. In 2010 Javier earned a prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship, and used it to become the first such Scholar to attend Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). As a result in 2014, she graduated from MICA, earning a Bachelors of Fine Arts with Cum Laude Honors. In 2015, Javier returned to MICA to study arts education and also earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree. Javier was employed by Montgomery County Public Schools upon graduating in 2017, teaching bilingual (English and Spanish) Studio and Digital Art & Photography courses to middle school students. 

She is the recipient of distinct honors and academic rewards, including the Maryland Teachers of Promise Award in 2017. Personal and cultural identity, familial relationships, and genetic inheritance are some of the concepts that she explores in her artwork. Javier has exhibited her work in Maryland and Miami, Florida. Currently in her pedagogical and artistic practices, she investigates her conceptual ideas in art and researches educational theories while finding relationships to her work with children. See her work on her website here.

Christee Jordan
Lead Teaching Artist, Youth Arts Movement (YAM)

Christee Jordan is a mixed media artist and elementary art educator based in Maryland. She has over 10 years of professional teaching experience and over 15 years as a trained visual artist. She has expanded her skills and love for art through her many visual arts business ventures, including Christee’s Paint Parties and Custom Letters. She hopes to influence many young artists and entrepreneurs when it comes to following their interests and dreams.

Natalie Ramirez

Natalie Ramirez
Lead Teaching Artist, Youth Arts Movement (YAM)

Natalie Ramirez is a mixed media artist and art educator in Maryland, Her background in youth development and community arts enables her to build connections with young artists. She has traveled around the world to research cultures and study art in order to bring first-hand observations, artifacts and resources to her students. She hopes to inspire people to pursue their interests and seek answers to questions.

Carien Quiroga
Founding Lead Teaching Artist

Carien was born in Pretoria, South Africa and in December 2002 relocated to the USA. She holds a BA in Criminology & Psychology as well as a BA (Fine Arts). Her award winning work, widely exhibited in her native South Africa and in the USA, deals with the feminine principle, social and environmental issues and her experiences as a woman. She also creates mixed- media mosaic public art and as artist-in-residence she works with community groups, schools and non-profit organizations to create public art in their communities. She teaches a variety of workshops and classes to all ages both locally and internationally.

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