Talin received her BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. She studied Italian renaissance art first hand with RISD's European Honors program in Rome, Italy. Talin was a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant Recipient and she has over a decade of experience teaching drawing, painting, jewelry making and mural arts in various summer camp, after school programs—locally at Winn Brook School (Belmont, MA) and Atrium School (Watertown, MA)—and high school settings. Talin is the art teacher at the Atrium School. In addition to teaching Talin is a working fine artist and muralist. She has exhibited her paintings and has done commissioned murals on the East Coast, and in London, Scotland, and Puerto Rico.

Todd Bartel joins me in teaching Collage Stories every summer. He is the master behind the photography and computer work. 

Todd Bartel received a BFA in painting from RISD’s European Honors Program (Rome)in 1985 and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993. In 1990, Bartel was awarded the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, and in 2000, the Connecticut Council on the Arts Grant in praise of his “Garden Studies” drawing series. Bartel has taught at Harvard, Brown, Carnegie Mellon, Manhattanville College and Bridgeport University. He has been a guest critic at Rhode Island School of Design, and since 1999 has been an Artist-Teacher and guest critic at Vermont College’s MFA in Visual Art program, Montpelier, VT. Bartel teaches drawing, painting, sculpture, installation art and conceptual art at the Cambridge School of Weston (CSW), Weston, MA. Bartel is the founder and Director of the CSW’s Thompson Gallery, a teaching gallery dedicated thematic inquiry. Bartel's art assumes assembled forms of painting, drawing and sculpture that examine the roles of landscape and nature in contemporary culture.