Visual Arts

Visual Arts Department Head - Archie Veale

Archie Veale became the head of the Visual Arts Department in 2016. Veale has worked with Baltimore's youth as a teacher, mentor, and adviser everywhere from the Bright Starts (Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture) to ACTSO to Portfolio Preparation Courses at MICA. He has been recognized several times, twice nationally, for his teaching and received both individual and collaborative arts grants. For more than 20 years, Veale has served as the drawing instructor at the Baltimore School for the Arts, also teaching TWIGS. A Baltimore native, Veale is a graduate of BSA ('85) and the Maryland Institute College of Art ('91). He is also a working illustrator and graphic artist, whose clients have included Johns Hopkins, Laureate, Scholastic, and the MLB Negro League Hall of Fame. He has created murals for several local arts organizations around Baltimore, and served as a program adviser for community arts groups on the east and west coasts.

Instructor - Kirsten Rook

Kirsten teaches Design I (2-D Design and Design II (3-D Design) at BSA and is also the Visual Arts department manager.  Kirsten is an artist who works with fine metal & mixed media. She is a jeweler, a metal smith, and a mixed media sculptor. Kirsten has conducted master classes and she is also a former TWIGS teacher. Kirsten earned a BFA in Fine Art with a concentration in metals from MICA. She also studied at the Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. Recently Kirsten has had her work on display in: the Rosenberg Gallery at Goucher College, Baltimore, MD; Nancy Sachs Gallery, St. Louis, MO; Hewlette Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; OXOXO Gallery, Baltimore, MD; Gallery M.I.M, Baltimore, MD. She also participates in faculty exhibitions at the Maryland Institute of Art and the Baltimore School for the Arts. In addition to her work as a professional artist and an assistant at the BSA, Kirsten is the program director and a faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art Jewelry Center. 

Instructor - Nicoletta Darita de la Brown

Nicoletta Daríta de la Brown is a sculptor, performance, and installation artist. She grew up in New York, NY and moved to MD to attended Baltimore School for the Arts' Visual Arts Program. After graduation she returned to NY to attend School of Visual Arts (SVA). She is currently finishing her BFA at MICA with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Sculpture. Nicoletta was commissioned to create an interactive public art installation for the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts and exhibits her works throughout the region, most recently at Perspectives Gallery. Nicoletta is also a former TWIGS teacher and is currently working in the Visual Arts Department at BSA.

Instructor - Sally A. Hopkins

Sally teaches Printmaking I & II at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Sally’s primary medium is printmaking, drawing, and collage. She also enjoys working in mixed media, metal sculpting, and jewelry design.  Sally earned her MFA in printmaking & BFA in General Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute of Art. She also holds an honors diploma in painting from Humber College, Toronto, Canada. Collections of note: Collection of Walter Sondheim, Jr; Collection of Kinsey Institute;  Collection of Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore, New Zealand; Fleckenstein Gallery, Baltimore, MD; Metals Guild of Maryland, Artscape;  Il Bisonte Printshop in Florence, Italy. Sally recently received a Surnda Fellowship Award. Sally also serves on the faculty of the Maryland Institute of Art, Loyola College, and Johns Hopkins University.

Instructor - Mary Beth Muscara

Mary Beth Muscara is teaching Painting I to 2nd year visual arts students. She is a painter and graphic designer and has taught on the faculty of Goucher College.

Instructor - Volker Schoenfliess

Volker teaches Ceramic I & II at the Baltimore School for the Arts. He is one of the founding member artists of Baltimore Clayworks and he is a graduate of Towson University with a bachelor's degree in art education. In addition to being an instructor with Clayworks for 27 years, Volker is an instructor at the Baltimore School for the Arts and the Jewish Community Center at Owings Mills. His narrative figurative ceramic work illustrates a wry sense of humor and whimsical take on human nature. Exhibition of note: Gloria & Sonny Kamm Teapot Collection, “Red” Baltimore Clayworks, MD, “Ashes to Art” San Francisco, CA.

Instructor - Diane Sipple

Diane is the Painting II & III teacher at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She also teaches in the school’s TWIGS program. Diane’s primary medium of work is painting. She also enjoys working with metals and mixed media. Diane earned her BFA and MFA at the Maryland Institute of Art. Diane recently has had her work on display at the: WPA/ Corcoran, Washington, DC; Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD; State College, PA; Greater Reston Art Center, Virginia; ArtScape, Baltimore, MD; Rosenberg Gallery, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD; Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA. Diane’s work has also been published in the New American Paintings publication, Open Studio Press, Catalog 21. In addition to serving on the faculty at the BSA, Diane has also been an adjunct faculty member at Goucher College for seven years.

Instructor, Darkroom and Digital Photography - Kyle Tata

Kyle's work primarily consists of photography, printmaking, artist books, and other printed matter. Kyle is a BFA graduate of the Photography Department at Maryland Institute College of Art. Tata's work has been displayed in many exhibitions throughout the United States. Recently his work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions at Current Gallery (Baltimore), Petrella's Imports (NYC) The D-Center (Baltimore) Maryland Art Place, The George Segal Gallery at Mont Clair University, Furthermore (DC), The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and the International Print Center of New York. In addition to his own work, Tata has written for numerous art blogs including Humble Arts Foundation New York. Tata's work is held in various collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography, and the Indie Photobook Library.


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"TWIGS was a chance for me to be with other kids I was not in school with, to be with different teachers who were serious about art."
Dorian Dean
Visual Art Student

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