Early Exploration Instructor Bios
My First Art Class
Barbara Merkel has been teaching the "My First Art Class" for 4 years. Prior to that, Barbara operated a drop-in preschool program where she developed the art component of the program. Barbara believes that every child is an artist -- that all they need is encouragement to explore. This age group is one of Barbara's favorites and she says that her students' "hugs and sloppy kisses" make her day. Barbara's most important advice to her students? "You don't have to color within the lines...really."