Meet Our Instructors

Mollie Basset

Robyn Cooper

Robyn Cooper received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and her BFA from Adelphi University. She has participated in numerous exhibitions including group shows at The Heckscher Museum NY, The Art League of Long Island NY, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Gross McCleaf Gallery PA, R. Dixon Gallery NY, and uBe Art in Berkley, CA. Her work is in several private collections including The Hershey Trust in Hershey, PA. When not in her studio in Long Island, NY, Robyn also teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Adelphi University and Suffolk Community College.

Roshanak Keyghobadi

Roshanak Keyghobadi holds a doctoral degree in Art and Art Education from Columbia University and her MFA and BFA are both in visual arts. She is an artist and independent scholar and writes regularly on contemporary art and artists. Roshanak’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in museums and galleries including The Heckscher Museums of Art, MACY Art Gallery, Pearl Street Gallery, Greater Reston Arts Center, and CP Artspace. She was an assistant professor of visual communications at SUNY Farmingdale and also have been teaching art to children for many years.

Samantha Hofsiss

Pamela Koelher

Pamela Koehler is an artist whose work explores both nature and the built environment. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Art and Art history at Adelphi University and has presented lectures, talks, and workshops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library, the Whitney Museum and the Nassau County Museum of Art.

David Marini

David Marini is an 8-year veteran of the U.S. Armed forces, with a degree in Studio Art and masters in Special Education; he is an expert in materials and mediums and since has provided classroom Arts instruction for over 10 years. He has developed programs and curriculum for multi-disciplinary (drawing, painting, sculpture, construction) Arts programs that involve critical thinking, inquiry, evaluation, and risk-taking. David has conducted professional developments highlighting for other Art teachers creative ways to help their students become versatile artists and communicators. Using his expertise in digital mediums, artists have learned how to display their works using social media, and other networked platforms. He currently works with the Dept. of Cultural Affairs as a Sustainable Arts Educator and an instructor for the Manes Education Center at the Nassau County Museum of Art.

Michelle Palatnik

Michelle Palatnik earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from NYU and continued her studies at the Art Students League, and the Grand Central Atelier for contemporary classical art. Michelle is a recipient of the Martin Wong Foundation first place scholarship in Painting, and has been accepted two times into the Hudson River Fellowship program. She is a Junior Scholarship member of the Salmagundi Club, and her work has been included in American Art Auction in China, the world's third largest auction house. Michelle was also awarded the opportunity to copy a Rembrandt Self Portrait by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Michelle maintains a studio in Huntington.


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